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Old 08-15-2014, 11:53 AM   #11
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We have the progressive industries 30a and it detected a low voltage situation and did it's thing while camping last weekend. I had the A/C going so I guess it was good I had it and it's worth the few hundred I paid for it....
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Old 08-26-2014, 09:28 PM   #12
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I have been reading previous posts about surge protectors. A lot of the JOF members opt for the 200.00 to 300.00 wired in protectors. Wondering if the portable 30 amp in line model will give one the basic protection to safeguard the units electrical system. Camping World has the Surge Guard Model 44260 on sale for $78.87 (40 dollars and change less than regular price).I realize you get what you pay for etc. but this item sure sounds better than nothing. Can anyone who has one of these give it a thumbs up...or down?
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Old 08-26-2014, 10:49 PM   #13
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Thumbs up I have this same one. Some are fearful or worried about theft but honestly i have never had an issue with anything like that.
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Old 08-26-2014, 11:56 PM   #14
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Surge protectors are all the same , some folks prefer some brands over others
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.... Overload protection is generally provide within the units such as the AC, fridge etc. and overcurrent protection is provided by the breakers in the panel. ....
This is not "protection" in the sense it will save the device. This protection comes into play upon a catastrophic failure of that device. It is actually protecting the wiring from overload and possibly creating a fire hazard.

To protect your RV systems you need a a device that suppresses surges AND can protect from over/undervoltage and faulty wiring.

Just this past weekend I was at a park where the voltage went above 132V. My EMS cut the power to the camper.
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I have been reading previous posts about surge protectors. A lot of the JOF members opt for the 200.00 to 300.00 wired in protectors. Wondering if the portable 30 amp in line model will give one the basic protection to safeguard the units electrical system. Camping World has the Surge Guard Model 44260 on sale for $78.87 (40 dollars and change less than regular price).I realize you get what you pay for etc. but this item sure sounds better than nothing. Can anyone who has one of these give it a thumbs up...or down?
Dan that is a surge guard only... and will not protect from under voltage.. the more expensive model instantly cuts power off if it reads miss-wired, over voltage, or under voltage. the one you are showing only cuts power off if it detects a spike in power..
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....the one you are showing only cuts power off if it detects a spike in power..
Just a fine point here;
The surge protect does not "cut off" the power. It only suppresses (absorbs) the voltage spike.

I think that is probably what you meant but I wanted to make it clear for others.
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:05 AM   #18
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I have the Surge Guard 30Amp pole mounted unit . . . not the one shown in dg1971's post - the more expensive one. I was told by the Camping World salesman that the one shown is ok for a pop-up, but won't protect expensive appliances (like your A.C., refrig., microwave or television against low voltage. JMHO, but it seems to me that in many older campgrounds, the electrical systems may be heavily challenged on hot, busy weekends, when everyone is running their A.C. units. The risk of a "brown out" ruining my appliances is what prompted me to go with the more expensive unit that protects against high/low voltage, open ground, and all the rest. After paying big bucks for my trailer, spending a couple hundred to protect it seemed like cheap insurance (and a lot better payback than my insurance company offered).

I use a good quality padlock on the pedestal tab to keep it from "walking off". I bought a 3-pack of matching locks, so I only need to carry one key for that lock, the one on my hitch coupler, and the one to secure the things on my tote tray.
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:58 AM   #19
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I did the hardwire EMS 50A with remote display. Agree with all on the surge guard vs an EMS. The remote display will give you fault codes, amps on each pole as well as volts and disconnect when there is an issue. I had a TV fry on a previous unit and I am sure it was the result of some elctrical issue as I did not have any protection. Lesson learned.
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Thanks, all...that clears up a lot of questions I had about these devices. I think I will spend a little more money and get one that offers more protection than the basic models. A burned out a/c unit would cost a lot more for sure.
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