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Old 08-02-2018, 06:37 PM   #1
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Surge protector

We want to get one for our camper. We only need a 30 amp. We are going seasonal. It seems that the prices are all over the board. I don't want to spend a ton of money but still want something that will do the job. Any pros or cons or favorites you can suggest?
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Old 08-02-2018, 06:43 PM   #2
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This:Progressive Industries EMS-HW30C
More than just a surge protector. Helps with many other things too including low voltage.

Shop around internet for best price.
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Old 08-02-2018, 06:45 PM   #3
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I have a Surge Guard 30 amp surge protector (model 34830). In addition to providing surge protection it will shut off power if there is a severe over or under voltage condition. It also has a digital readout of voltage and current, will warn regarding a reverse polarity condition and provides a two minute delay if power is lost and then restored (important for A/C units to allow the pressure in the unit to balance and not overload the compressor). They also sell a hardwired version of this unit (model 35530). Both are around $220. I've had mine for six years and it's still functioning.

There are plenty of options out there. The more features the more expensive.
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Old 08-03-2018, 04:16 AM   #4
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Do not settle for just a "surge protector". You will want a device that not only protects against surges, but one that protects against all electrical problems.

I have an older model from Progressive Industries. It's a model PT30C. It was $247 many years ago, but I'm sure has gone up in price by now, but it's well worth the investment. It would cost a lot more than that should your RV get fried do to not having one.

My device always checks out the electrical system at a campground before it allows electricity to flow to the trailer. It has a read out that gives how many volts are present, ie 122, 120, 116. it also gives lets me know it's delivering 60 Hz, as well as any problems such as an open ground. And if there are any problems, it will not let electricity through to the trailer.

QUOTE=mesuezee;672518]We want to get one for our camper. We only need a 30 amp. We are going seasonal. It seems that the prices are all over the board. I don't want to spend a ton of money but still want something that will do the job. Any pros or cons or favorites you can suggest?[/QUOTE]
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Do not settle for just a "surge protector". You will want a device that not only protects against surges, but one that protects against all electrical problems.


My device always checks out the electrical system at a campground before it allows electricity to flow to the trailer. It has a read out that gives how many volts are present, ie 122, 120, 116. it also gives lets me know it's delivering 60 Hz, as well as any problems such as an open ground. And if there are any problems, it will not let electricity through to the trailer.
Ditto. This is what we have. Yes, Mesu, be prepared for some sticker shock.
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We have the Progressive Industries EMS HW-50C for our fifth wheel. It's hard wired in, so next to impossible to steal versus the type that is used outside. That's a big consideration when you realize the cost of replacement! While you can still lock down the ones used outside, it was just an extra step we really didn't want to contend with. The icing on the cake is that with the internal display, not only can I view the quality of power coming in, I can do so in my undies at midnight and not get wet if needing to reset it in a storm! lol

Regardless of which of the quality ones made out there you choose, be ready to spend a few hundred on it. I didn't use one on our first camper and nearly burned it up when wiring inside the power distribution panel melted and filled the camper with smoke! Not only was the supply wiring bad, but the supply circuit breaker failed to trip, thus keeping the faulty power flowing and it cost me a lot of money and grief to replace all that was damaged!

And regarding the Progressive Industries name, our experience has been that they stand firmly behind their product. I did have an issue with a faulty display which they overnighted to us, but the unit was very much still working, and if the unit itself would have been questionable, they have a bypass switch to eliminate the protective functions, thus returning power to your camper in the event of a failure of their device. It's a nice feature to have, but it always raises the question of whether or not to flip that switch as there might actually be a problem with the supply power. Worst case scenario is that you'd be no worse off flipping the bypass switch off versus having never installed protection in the first place.

We bought ours on Amazon. While Amazon said it was sold by Progressive Industries when I bough it, when I asked the technician about it, he informed me that they don't sell on Amazon... Who knows who I bought it from, but Progressive Industries still covered the display under warranty.
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Another nod to Progressive Industries EMS. I buy some things on the cheap but not an EMS.
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This:Progressive Industries EMS-HW30C
More than just a surge protector. Helps with many other things too including low voltage.

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This is far and away the favorite brand of EMS here on JOF, whether it be the hard wired, or the portable version.
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Progressive has a lifetime warranty also. If you can I would suggest you get the hard wired unit, it has a display that will show the condition of the electrical system constantly. You should get the EMS electrical management system not just a surge guard. It is much more common to have other electrical issues rather than surges....ie low voltage, reverse polarity or open neutrals.


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Another nod to Progressive Industries EMS. I buy some things on the cheap but not an EMS.
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The good thing about a EMS it is always working for you even if you are not there.
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