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Old 12-31-2011, 01:51 PM   #1
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RV Surge Protector

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First post. My wife and I just got a Jayco Flight and are doing our first dry run camping experience. Everything is going great. We have read about getting a heavy duty surge protector to protect us from campsite electrical spikes. What type of surge protector do we need? Thanks in advance for any assistance!

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Old 12-31-2011, 03:23 PM   #2
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Welcome, someone will help for sure.
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Old 12-31-2011, 03:27 PM   #3
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Well you will find many view points on this topic. First, there are two aspects to consider. That being "only surge protection" and then surge protection plus protection against a steady low/high voltage condition.

For only surge protection, here is an item commonly used;
http://tweetys.com/surge-guard-w-sho...---30-amp.aspx

For surge plus low/high voltage, here is a comonly used item;
http://tweetys.com/portable-surge-gu...---30-amp.aspx


As you can see, there is quite a difference in price. Your choice will be based on the level of protection you desire, given the type of camping you plan on doing. The high/low voltage protection is most likely to be needed when camping in very hot weather and everyone in the CG is running the A/C. It will protect your A/C from a low voltage "brown-out" which may happen in those conditions. Myself, I currently use only surge protection, but I may upgrade in the future.
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Old 12-31-2011, 04:05 PM   #4
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Thanks!

Thanks SecretCoveDave and David472 for the responses. David472, your responses were very helpful! I think we will go with the first option for right now. Thank you both for timely responses.

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Old 12-31-2011, 04:56 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum Kent!

I have one that protects both surge and hi/low voltages. Saved my bacon a couple of times and in my opinion it is well worth it.
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Old 12-31-2011, 06:06 PM   #6
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Think of surge protection or an EMS like insurance policies on something. Do you want insurance for just part of your investment or for everything?

A surge arrestor will protect your electrical system from voltage surges and spikes but that is not the only thing that can harm your electrical system. Pedestals can be miswired, have floating neutrals and bad grounds, some yoyo may change a connection upstream of the pedestal with disasterous results (I've had that happen where I live; fortunately, I caught it in time), voltage can run low which will eventually destroy appliances, A/C, convertors, electronics, etc. or run high which will destroy them even faster. Frequency can be off (that is more likely to happen when using a generator). An Energy Management System (EMS) will protect your electrical system from pretty much everything except a direct lightning strike (only God can protect you from something like that).

An EMS, such as the Progressive Industries units or the Surge Guard unit linked above, may seem expensive but add up the cost of replacing your TVs, computers, convertor, refrigerator, microwave, etc. and see how it compares to the cost of an EMS. You just might think the EMS is a bargain.

There are basically two kinds of EMS units available: portable and hardwired. Portable units are far easier to install (just plug them in) but are subject to possible theft, possible weather damage (unlikely but still a possibility), and you have to go to the trouble of hooking them up everytime you set up and remember to take them with you when you tear down.

A hard wired EMS is out of sight and out of mind. No hooking up, no worries about waether or theft, no remembering to take it with you when tearing down. An additional advantage is one can install a remote monitor inside the RV so you can see at a glance what is going on with your electrical supply.

I recommend the Progressive Industries units. Based on reports I've seen on various RV forums, the PI units have a better warranty backed by far better customer service from the manufacturer. The hardwired units use modular construction so if a board goes bad, one can swap it out instead of having to ship it back to the factory for repair. This halves the downtime of the unit. The techs at Progressive will walk owners though the necessary diagnostics over the phone.
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I have the 50 amp Surge Guard. With all of the electronics on board our 5er I think that the cost is worth the peace of mind. Kind of like using a water pressure regulator.
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I have the 50 amp Surge Guard. With all of the electronics on board our 5er I think that the cost is worth the peace of mind. Kind of like using a water pressure regulator.
Me too, same one.
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That surge guard shown above ($242.00) is the minimum you want.. anything less you are just fooling yourself... I have one for those few times when I am actually plugged into shore power.
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We have a 30 Amp EMS from Progressive Industries and are very happy with it.
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