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Old 09-01-2011, 05:41 PM   #1
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Polarity Volt Tester at Campsite

Do you guys recommend using a Polarity Volt Tester when hooking up to campsites to ensure your camper wont be getting electrical jolts and garbage amperage etc.? If so, what model and where to buy would you suggest? Thanks all,

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Old 09-01-2011, 08:03 PM   #2
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What I used to do is this:

- Hook up a 30amp to 15 amp pigtail
- Put in the standard 3 light tester from Lowes/Home Depot/etc and check if it is wired right
- Plug in my voltage meter and see if I had the correct voltage
- If all was right - plug in the camper.

I now have an EMS unit on my camper which checks for all the wire faults, low high voltage/etc so I just plug it. They are really nice because just simply checking the pedestal does not give you a good indication of how it will function under load.

There have been quite a few discussions on here about EMS units, but I can tell you they are well worth the investment.
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I have a friend with a Tiffin motor home who got stuck with over $3,000 electrical repairs two weeks ago at a campground in Colorado. Low voltage situation got him. He is looking into seeing if worth while to pursue with a lawyer.
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I use a surge guard that checks for miswires ect, and trips to shut off power on low voltage situations; I agree they are worth the money for the protection you get. I also use a voltage monitor in the inside to monitor voltage.
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What is an EMS unit and where to buy? I tried search but got nothing.
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What is an EMS unit and where to buy? I tried search but got nothing.
try this link http://www.rvpartscountry.com/Electr...0V_p_5972.html you can probably find diffrent types and lower prices at other site, but this is a good starting point.
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I use a surge guard that checks for miswires ect, and trips to shut off power on low voltage situations; I agree they are worth the money for the protection you get. I also use a voltage monitor in the inside to monitor voltage.
x2 on the surge guard.. they are great... saved my rig several times
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You Guys are Awesome! I wasn't sure exactly what to ask but you all picked up on it perfectly. I only speak English and that not very well - lol. My wife was the one to come upon the need for this device and has been the one to put the fire under me butt to find out more about this. Thanks all!

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I have seen two models most folks seem to get - the Surgeguard and the Progressive Industries models. Try Tweetys - he carries them both --

http://tweetys.com/surge-guard-surge-protectors.aspx

I personally have the PI because I like the permanent install and display, but the portable versions I am sure are just as good.
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Would the Surge Guard 55-2764 / N19-0414 AECM10086 be a good choice for a quick solution?

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