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Old 10-02-2014, 10:04 PM   #11
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I've always made sure the main breaker at the outside box is off before I plug in. After secure, then turn on. I've never turned off main breaker in the RV.
X2 - I do the exact same thing. I've never had the RV breaker off.
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Old 10-03-2014, 05:48 AM   #12
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In over 45 years of camping, first popup in 1970, first hardside..Shasta..soon after, several more hard sides, then first new motor home in 1981, 82 33 ft Southwind and numerous diesel pushers and fivers thru the years and now I'm trying the Jayco bumper pull....I've never used a surge protector nor have I ever noticed anyone using one.
same here. I don't see them at all at the campgrounds
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Old 10-03-2014, 06:25 AM   #13
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I just plug her in.
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Old 10-03-2014, 06:45 AM   #14
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Surge protector CHEAP INSURANCE... and you never see mine it is inline inside the RV.
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Old 10-03-2014, 06:51 AM   #15
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Surge protector CHEAP INSURANCE... and you never see mine it is inline inside the RV.
Hope this doesn't happen to it
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Old 10-03-2014, 07:43 AM   #16
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Hope this doesn't happen to it

Here is the story to go along with the pic:

Our test unit has been easy to use, and has performed seamlessly at several hookup sites. And if you're still worried about lightning, we saw a local RV shop that had the used 30-amp Surge Guard shown below on display. The unit had been struck by lightning, taking a catastrophic blast that melted the case and caused it to explode. The coach that it was attached to suffered no significant electrical damage. - See more at: http://www.decisivemagazine.com/hidd....9rS8g8dW.dpuf.

Seems to me the surge protector did its job.
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Old 10-03-2014, 07:55 AM   #17
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I'm not saying they don't work. I've just never seen or used one on a RV. I don't have one on my home and don't know of anyone that has one on their house, and I don't know of any elect codes that require them on houses or RVs.
If it makes you feel safer go for it. What about lighting rods mounted on the Camper as well and grounded to the ground.

Maybe Canadian elect providers have issues that are not in America?
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I do not use one either texas, but I am not going to try to discourage someone from using it by posting a pic of a fried protector.
I do have my elctronics at home plugged into a surge protector.
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I do not use one either texas, but I am not going to try to discourage someone from using it by posting a pic of a fried protector.
I do have my elctronics at home plugged into a surge protector.
Howie...It was meant for humor. No harm intended
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I don't recall ever noticing a pole mounted surge suppressor either. My 30A was the pole-mount type but when we got the 5th I bought a hard-wire version. It has a remote display that shows Leg 1/2 volts, amps, the freq and any errors it detects. After plugging in and flipping on the pole breakers I watch the display until I see it cycle thru its messages before flipping the house breakers. The remote display and power center are within arms reach while leaning in thru the doorway. Makes me feel better, and that's what it's all about.
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