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Old 02-22-2015, 06:33 PM   #1
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Surge Protection

Just bought a new 30 amp LCD surge protector (the fancy one) with the lockable box to prevent theft. With tax and all, it was 167.00. I have used my RV about 6 times since I bought it last year and once in a pretty good thunderstorm without having a surge protector. I'm just curious how many of my Jayco friends use them. What's your experience with or without them. Thanks
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Old 02-22-2015, 06:35 PM   #2
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I use the 30 amp surge guard one without the lcd.
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Old 02-22-2015, 08:12 PM   #3
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Some folks will tell you they are unnecessary but I have one and use it all the time my electric is hooked up. I also use a water filter. Probably not necessary but good insurance. Why do I mention this analogy? The one time cost of the filter or surge suppressor far outweighs the problems you can encounter if you don't have one. Enjoy!
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Old 02-22-2015, 08:18 PM   #4
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I use a 50 amp surge protector even though I know my power source is very clean. Our seasonal site had all brand new water, sewer and power installed 3 years ago. Then again, I also us a surge protector on just about everything at home as well. Cheap insurance..
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Old 02-22-2015, 08:32 PM   #5
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Surge Protection

I use a progressive industries one and it was around $300 or so. In the one year we have been camping it cut power off in a low voltage situation when my ac was on which is a god thing. Do I really need it... I don't know but it's cheap insurance to me.....
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Old 02-22-2015, 08:56 PM   #6
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You wouldn't plug a big flat-screen TV into a house outlet without a surge protector. It seems only smart to use one for a trailer. With the number of strange RV campsites you visit in a year, your probability of finding one wired by Hanyaks is pretty good.
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Old 02-22-2015, 09:29 PM   #7
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I too use the expensive one. Two years ago, during a thunderstorm, a bolt hit close, it fried the plug on my surge protector but did no damage to my rig. I had the insurance on it, so it was replaced for free by CW. No matter how good your source of power is, surges can happen. Same as voltage drops happen. Not unusual to have power range from 122 volts to 110 volts..higher or lower and you could have issues.

I also always use a filter on my water line. But I have insurance on my TT and TV and I never plan on needing them either
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I've been RVing for years and never had an issue. I purchased a brand new Jayco last summer and plugged into an outlet wired by a friend (driveway camping) and POOF!
Fried my converter and microwave oven in an instant.


Now...I use a surge suppressor (with LCD) on the end of the trailer cord.
In this case...you can't even trust your friends! (why would you trust anywhere USA?)
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Old 02-23-2015, 05:08 AM   #9
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I use a 50 amp surge protector even though I know my power source is very clean. Our seasonal site had all brand new water, sewer and power installed 3 years ago. Then again, I also us a surge protector on just about everything at home as well. Cheap insurance..
My home base is in a residential area where I'm the only RV surrounded by s&b's. My power too was very clean until the transformer that fed my site and 8 homes around me started to fail. My EMS system shut off my power on two separate mornings at 3:00am'ish. I ignored the first one and went back to sleep thinking it was just a brief outage after the EMS turned me back on after the 2.5 minute delay. The next morning the same thing so I got up and went out to look at my EMS to see what had happened. It showed high voltage as the reason for the shut down. It showed 132 volts on one leg and 133 on the other.

The power company changed the transformer a few hours later. I was the only one in the neighborhood that knew we had high voltage. The lineman that replaced the transformer was an RV'er also and said he was getting an EMS system for his rig before his next camping trip. When the lineman arrived he also measured 265 volts leg to leg.

It can happen at home also and as has been said in a previous post, the cost of the EMS is a one time cost and a lot cheaper than replacing all of your electrical stuff. Remember also, what I experienced was not a spike or surge and a surge protector only would not have done a thing.
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We use a progressive industries 50 amp system permanently wired into the electrical distribution system with a remote readout in the cabinet with my water heater control panel and other switches.
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