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Old 03-02-2013, 10:09 PM   #1
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2nd Question on surge guard

Thanks for all of your answers, but I have a second question concerning what type of protection. Most of you commented on the brand from Progressive Industries EMS-HW30C But I am curious about the one that is featured at camping world the "SURGE GUARD"
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I was curious to know about the joules rating. Saw three at campers world 510 joule ,2000 something and 3000 something joules. What size do you really need at a campground. Also stated big price difference.
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Not familiar with them but I see they carry them on
http://tweetys.com/surge-guard-surge-protectors.aspx

tweetys is the vendor that supports this forum. May want to give them a call. They seem very knowledgeable on the items they carry.

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Old 03-02-2013, 10:34 PM   #4
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I use the SurgeGuard portable 30A EMS (Model 34730). No issues, works as advertised. I recall the story on the forums is that progressive has stellar customer service and are fixable if they take a big current hit, where Surge Guard isn't fixable. With a big current hit, it will save your trailer but the device will be done.
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I was curious to know about the joules rating. Saw three at campers world 510 joule ,2000 something and 3000 something joules. What size do you really need at a campground. Also stated big price difference.
The higher the joules rating the more protection. My thoughts about how much is...the most that I can afford. For years I never had any surge protection until I bought a PI surge protector just because it was on sale. It took a hit in Texas last year so I bought a full EMS this year. YMMV
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:26 PM   #6
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30 amp or 50 amp surge protector?

We are fairly new to camping on our own and we do not have a surge protector yet. On our trip out west we ran into a situation where they only had 50 amp service, our camper only requires 30 amp service. We used an adapter they loaned us and got away without any problems. So I guess my question is should I buy a 30 amp surge or the 50 amp surge protector

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Thanks for all of your answers, but I have a second question concerning what type of protection. Most of you commented on the brand from Progressive Industries EMS-HW30C But I am curious about the one that is featured at camping world the "SURGE GUARD"
From a features stand point, the Progressive Industries EMS guards against changes in Frequency of the supplied AC voltage. This comes in handy if you plug your RV into a portable generator. If you always use the CG pedistal, you don't really need this. From the literature, there seems to be a difference in the two products for Open Ground protection (otherwise know as GFI). The PI says they have it, and Surge Guard makes no mention of it, other than a warning light for that condition. Also, the Surge Guard advertizes more Joules of surge dissipating capacity for their recent new products. Other than these differences, they offer the same protection.
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I was curious to know about the joules rating. Saw three at campers world 510 joule ,2000 something and 3000 something joules. What size do you really need at a campground. Also stated big price difference.
When a surge happens, the surge protector clamps the excess voltage by conducting heavily to ground. When doing so, it will dissipate a portion of the energy inside itself. The joules rating is how much energy it can dissipate inside itself. Ideally, most of the energy is conducted to ground, and only a small portion would be dissipated within the protector. The quality of the protector will determine this, and there is no published info I know of to find out this factor for the PI or Surge Guard products. In more basic terms, a rating of 1050 would be the minimum I would want to have for the main RV power cable.
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Nothing less than this one.....
http://tweetys.com/portable-surge-gu...---30-amp.aspx
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Thanks again to all I am going to pick one up soon probably the 30amp form progressive ind. Seems to be the best.
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