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View Poll Results: What type, if any, electrical protection do you use?
I check for proper electric service with a test light but I have no protection devices 15 8.98%
I check for proper electric service with a test light and I do have surge protection only 28 16.77%
I have an Energy Manage System - Before I got it I experienced damage 4 2.40%
I have an Energy Manage System - I have never experienced any damage 63 37.72%
I never check for proper electric service - I just hook up 57 34.13%
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Old 09-07-2013, 05:25 AM   #1
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What type, if any, electrical protection do you use?

What type, if any, electrical protection do you use?

EMS - Energy Management System
Monitors and kills power to the RV for any of these conditions: Over voltage, under voltage, open ground, open neutral, hot/neutral reversed, delayed power restoration and surge protection. Over frequency and under frequency (when using a generator).

Surge protector - provides spike suppression only, does not monitor voltage
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:08 AM   #2
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Guess I'm first....

I don't have an EMS currently....I check the voltage, polarity and ground before I plug-in. Then I keep a plug-in voltage monitor visible at all times. Most likely I will install an EMS next year.
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:21 AM   #3
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I lost a converter due to a neutral failure. Voltage went to 160 volts. Converter just would not tolerate it. Fortunately the air conditioner was not damaged. EMS was purchased the next week. I also purchased an auto-former to cover those low voltage conditions. Low voltage will damage the air conditioner.
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I just hook up blindly. Never had a problem so far. However, I'm fairly new to this RV thing, only owning one for just over a year now.
I do plan on getting an EMS device at some point. I can't decide if I want a hardwired or portable unit.

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Old 09-07-2013, 08:54 AM   #5
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Progressive Industries, model EMS-LCHW30 (hardwired).

Here is my installation: https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...ight=installed

This past April while returning from Texas I stayed at a CG in Oklahoma that was hit be lightning..., there was only a dozen of us camping but at least half sustained some degree of electrical damage to their RV's. A couple MH's couldn't even raise their leveling systems because the circuit boards were fried....., satellite dish controllers were blown out as well.

IMO a worth while investment....., my EMS paid for itself that night in Oklahoma.

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Old 09-07-2013, 09:29 AM   #6
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Sorry to say I am one of those that sticks there finger in the mouth and holds it it up in the air before hooking up. I do observe the condition of the shore power connection plug and sometimes will make a 120VAC measurement before plugging in.

Other than that the RV trailer are grounded thru the shore power power connection and if lightning strikes your RV Trailer there is nothing that can stop any damage anyway.

All you can protect against is out of tolerance 120VAC connections...

I suspect your post is going to be flawed as probably most folks that respond will be only the ones that have installed EMS systems.

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I suspect your post is going to be flawed as probably most folks that respond will be only the ones that have installed EMS systems.

Roy Ken
That statement is flawed. MOST of the votes so far are NON-EMS users.
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I took the "Whole House" approach. I look at it from the point of view that if it protects my house, and has for the last 18 years, it has to be ok for the TT. Understood, there is an increased chance for more problems at the CG, but something is better than nothing. I used the same EATON Whole house surge Protection that I use on the house. I wired it in where the shore cable comes in. Used the same type Whole House protection on the last TT, with no issues. Granted, if the lightening hits the trailer, I don't care what you have, your electronics will probably be cooked anyway.
At the CG, I check for the little GREEN LED and check the CG voltage, every time I hook up. After 14 CG's on the trip out west, all had good voltages, one had a loose 30Amp connection, so I used the 50Amp outlet.

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I do not have one but SHOULD. Currently I only have a plug in voltmeter.
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