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Old 04-28-2015, 01:20 PM   #21
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I have a dogbone with Kill-A-Watt meter that I will be using to check the voltage before connecting the TT. As far as mis-wiring is concerned, I have to believe that 99.9% of the campground outlets are wired properly so I'm not worried about it. If I have to worry about every little detail, I'll just stay home.
the unfortunate part of that is at 2:30 when it gets hot and everyone turns on their A/C unit the power can drop and you may blow the compressor.. It is just one of those facts of RVing you can pay your money now or you can pay it later.. consider it like playing Russian Roulette.
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Old 04-28-2015, 01:43 PM   #22
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We could play "what ifs" all day long. I make a point not to tell people what they should & should not purchase and I suggest you do the same.

BTW, I have the extended warranty for that very reason.

Peace & have a great day.

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Old 04-28-2015, 02:06 PM   #23
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the unfortunate part of that is at 2:30 when it gets hot and everyone turns on their A/C unit the power can drop and you may blow the compressor.. It is just one of those facts of RVing you can pay your money now or you can pay it later.. consider it like playing Russian Roulette.
While that's possible it's more likely the compressor will unload (depending on design) or trip a breaker before it's damaged. Motor torque drops by the square of the voltage drop. As motor voltage drops amperage is going up, torque down. And it's a pretty steep curve, both amps and torque. You might lose a run capacitor before you trip something but even that is unlikely. Air conditioners can withstand "brownouts" and do all the time. I don't have voltage protection at home but I have seen the lights flicker when the compressor cycles, that indicates you are in brownout.
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Excellent explanation, Mike. Thanks for posting it.
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I also chose the Progressive Industries 30 Amp Protection System. It's pretty expensive yes, but an RV is a pretty big investment as well. It allows me to sleep a little better
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Progressive Industries for me

I also chose the Progressive Industries 30 Amp Protection System. It's pretty expensive yes, but an RV is a pretty big investment as well. It allows me to sleep a little better
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Old 05-11-2015, 04:56 PM   #27
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I just bought this Technology Research 30a surge/over/under/polarity w/ digital display for $155. I could not argue with the price... and it shipped very quickly! Had it in less than a week.

LOVE the built in amp meter. Was nice to see what component pulled what during my maiden voyage this past weekend.

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Old 05-11-2015, 05:07 PM   #28
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My 50a TRC 34750 tripped today during a lightning storm. The MW is toast. I called TRC and they said it is not repairable.
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I just installed the Progressive Industries 30 amp hardwired model. At the same time I converted the trailer's cable to a quick disconnect. In my trailer all off this is located inside the fixed table in the rear. Stuffing the cable thru the mouse hole in the back was a real pain. The PI is an electrical management system (EMS) which will shut down if the voltage gets too high or too low. Mine has a led monitor that is mounted external to the EMS and shows any error codes, the amps being drawn, the voltage and the frequency (60 cycles PS).

I called PI because I thought my unit was putting out a little more heat than I liked and was expertly taken thru measuring the impedance of the coil that keeps the contacts closed allowing current to flow thru the device. He was very helpful.
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Eight years ago, we pulled into a state park in the middle of the night. The loop that included our site had been completely renovated including new electrical boxes and loop breakers. We were the first to camp in the site after the renovation. The wiring was backwards and the electric post caught on fire as well as our electric cord to the RV. Our cord was melted to what was left of the box and burned to within two feet of our RV. We spent the rest of the trip with the state electricians, local electricians and state park staff trying to figure out what was damaged in the RV. The first purchase with our new RV was portable surge protector that checks voltage, surges, etc. at Camping World and have used it on every trip. It's tripped a couple of times during storms.

It will be the first thing we plug in when we receive our new 2015 31.5 RLTS next week! We're new to the Jayco family and can't wait for delivery!
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