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Old 01-28-2015, 08:44 PM   #1
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Surge Protector

Is it essential/recommended/not really needed to have a surge protector at the electrical hookup connection? Have not seen them in use, as I recall, but see them prominently advertised at RV supply stores.

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Old 01-28-2015, 09:24 PM   #2
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Absolutely need one IMO. A lot of people have hard wired them in. I use the Progressive plug in that retails about $230.

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Old 01-28-2015, 09:29 PM   #3
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I 'added' the surge protectors on the critical items.. Microwave, Converter, etc...
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:16 PM   #4
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And I have never owned one, or had any damage on any Airstream used since 1978.
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And I have always owned one for the Airstream I never had any damage to, and not owned one for the Airstream I did.

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Old 01-29-2015, 05:49 AM   #6
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I've never had a surge...but it has protected me from low park voltages twice that I recall. That's moe common and more important feature, IMO.

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Old 01-29-2015, 06:13 AM   #7
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Use one outside as well as on several appliances inside. Never did until lightning hit a campground the day before we arrived and in most units any electrical item that was on was dead after the strike, I was told. So, we bought one, have had one in the home for years.

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Old 01-29-2015, 07:50 AM   #8
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It's like insurance. It's always too expensive until you wish you'd had it!

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Old 01-29-2015, 08:12 AM   #9
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I use one and hopefully will never have to know if it works or not.
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:07 AM   #10
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We use a quality unit to protect against a variety of power faults. Low voltage is the most common problem I have seen.
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:09 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by AWCHIEF View Post
I use one and hopefully will never have to know if it works or not.
Yep; it costs too much for that one time repair if you don't have a surge protector ...
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:46 AM   #12
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Was plugged into campground power and in middle of night the MOVs in our wired in surge protector blew due to a dropped ground somewhere on the grid that sent a surge down the line. Campground office lost their FAX machine, copier and microwave but we never lost a thing because the MOVs took the surge. Cost less than five dollars to replace the MOVs. In ten years of full timing, we were also protected many times from low voltage situations and a couple of times from high voltages particularly at fairgrounds. Our unit paid for itself several times over.

Completely agree with those who encourage you to have one.
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Old 01-31-2015, 10:00 AM   #13
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We use one because it was recommended to us by a full timer. About our third campground experience the surge protector indicated reverse polarity. Not exactly sure how that adversely affects the AI but it seemed like a good idea to find another spot.

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Old 01-31-2015, 10:27 AM   #14
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I researched this much as you are doing now and came to the conclusion that an ounce of prevention is worth ten pounds of cure. Since leaving Vt in Oct we have travelled over 2500 miles and stayed in probably 10 different RV parks. I like the assurance that our surge protector provides us. Just looking around in Parks we've stayed at, I see that I am not alone in this thinking. We bought ours at Camping World.

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