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Old 07-02-2012, 07:55 AM   #1
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O.K. I'm convinced

After staying at probably 50 to 75 different RV parks and reading multiple threads on surge guards. The scary advertisements from the Good Sam magazine, Camping World blurbs and finally a couple of articles in other RV magazine I bit the bullet and ordered a surge guard.

Went online last night, read reviews, checked prices and now waiting for the UPS man to bring me a model 34730 Surge Guard 120V 30A Portable RV surge protector. Ordered it from Adventure RV Net based of the sellers reviews and the fact that they had the lowest price ($219). Also bought a locking hasp, as much as I hate carrying one more lock I can see the value of locking the thing up when away from the trailer.
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:07 AM   #2
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Yep, I also splurged for a surge guard also this year. I have a late model Airstream and have heard lots of stories about AC units and Power converter/relays going south most believing because of bad power often found in RV parks.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:30 AM   #3
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I own an RV site where we keep our Airstream. We keep it plugged in to 30 amp all the time to keep the refrigerator running. We had a smaller surge protector (20 amp) that we had from our popup days. One week there was a lighting strike that fried out our 30 amp receptacle and the surge protector plugged into it. Our Airstream was plugged into the surge protector. We had no damage to the Airstream but I had to replace the 30 amp receptacle and the surge protector. I went with a 30 amp surge protector this time. That original surge protector saved me a lot of money and grief. I am a believer.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:34 AM   #4
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Yep, I even use mine when plugged into power at home, where my AS is stored.
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:10 AM   #5
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I have also ordered and received the Surge Guard 30a unit. So far so good. But a couple of things to note about that unit. It says it has to be used in the vertical position because if it is flat it is not water proof. So if the power post outlet is low to the ground (less than 24"), the unit is laying down and therefore not water proof. Also, each time you plug it in, it has 128 second delay before supplying power to the trailer. When it is 100 degrees and you want to get the AC going, a minuet and a half is a long time.

I am looking into getting a waterproof box to put it in. Something else to carry around.
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:04 PM   #6
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We have the Progressive Industries EMS PT30C and it has saved our bacon three times we know of for sure. A good investment considering the cost to repair electronics inside our AS.
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Old 07-02-2012, 04:47 PM   #7
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so, each time you plug it in, it has 128 second delay before supplying power to the trailer. When it is 100 degrees and you want to get the AC going, a minuet and a half is a long time.
2 minutes 8 seconds, but whose counting.
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:05 PM   #8
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2 minutes 8 seconds, but whose counting.

I believe Lilburn minutes are different from California minutes! I could be wrong but if they can add a second to the atomic clock... ijs

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True. And when its 100 degrees out, it seems more like 10 minutes.
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:24 PM   #10
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2 minutes 8 seconds, but whose counting.
I think it's metric minutes.
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We have the Progressive Industries EMS PT30C and it has saved our bacon three times we know of for sure. A good investment considering the cost to repair electronics inside our AS.
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is it possible to use the hardwire version on an AS?
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is it possible to use the hardwire version on an AS?
Yes. I went with the EMS-HW30C. I had installed this in my previous SOB and then moved it to the Airstream after we bought it. You need to look at your layout to see how hard or easy it would be to install it. In my case there was an open cavity behind the converter/breaker box so it was not difficult. This particular model has a remote status display that can be located at a convenient location.

Basically, the surge protector goes in the power line between where the shore power cord enters the trailer and where it enters the breaker panel. If you have one of the newer trailers with the 2nd shore power port and a switch, the protector would have to go between the switch and the breaker panel. Some trailer layouts may not make this easy, so the portable version and a lock would be the better solution.
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