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Old 12-15-2014, 05:57 PM   #71
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Old 12-15-2014, 06:12 PM   #72
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We may have to define "need". Are you sick? Are you hungry? Are you thirsty? Are you in prison? Are you a widow? Are you an orphan?
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Old 12-15-2014, 06:33 PM   #74
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Portable Surge Guards With LCD Display - 30 Amp - TRC 34730-001-LCD - Surge Protectors - Camping World

As far as I know it is a good one. It is reassuring to see amps and volts when you check. You quickly learn what looks right for the current load. Especially volts. It is nice to know that voltage drop isn't there.
Me too.

I fried (literally smoked it) a lesser surge protector($70) at a seaside RV park in San Francisco. The $300+- for this one is well worth it IMHO.

Oh....and I always lock the electrical box.
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Old 12-15-2014, 07:39 PM   #75
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Not sure cost is a guarantee of anything. I have seen several $300 plus surge protectors fried.
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Not sure cost is a guarantee of anything. I have seen several $300 plus surge protectors fried.
I am under the impression that a surge protector is a sacrificial item and is likely to get fried while protecting the other equipment down stream from it. Am I wrong?

We had a nearby lightning strike on a power line here at home. Everything that was plugged into a surge protector survived. Several things that were not did not. No surge protectors survived.

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I am under the impression that a surge protector is a sacrificial item and is likely to get fried while protecting the other equipment down stream from it. Am I wrong?

We had a nearby lightning strike on a power line here at home. Everything that was plugged into a surge protector survived. Several things that were not did not. No surge protectors survived.

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That is how I understand their function also.
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At one time we owned a fiver. We stayed at a reputable CG and plugged into their site pole. BLAM! $5000.00 in damages with fried wiring and destroyed appliances.

The owner had an electrician check the wiring of the pole immediately, and he found no "problem" ! (?)

We had a $500.00 deductible.

Now we not only use a portable surge protector at all times, but I check the polarity and voltage/ amperage of every pole where we plug in.

We also use a digital monitor ( shown above) inside the unit because many CG's cannot supply consistently correct voltage.

Remember too that a thunderstorm can be five miles + away from you, but still represent a real threat via lightening.
This closely mirrors our experience. We just happened to be sitting inside the fifth wheel when the surge happened (at a brand new state park with brand new wiring). There was a puff of smoke at the rear of the coach near the shore power connection and the smell of burning insulation. I immediately secured the power and we got it all sorted out. We now have an installed surge protector and in addition to that, we also use the portable one on the post. I have absolutely no doubt that if we hadn't been in the camper at the time, we would have lost our RV along with our beloved dog. Your money, your choice, but to me it is quite simple.
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Does anyone happen to know if current Airstreams have built in surge protection?
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I am under the impression that a surge protector is a sacrificial item and is likely to get fried while protecting the other equipment down stream from it. Am I wrong?

We had a nearby lightning strike on a power line here at home. Everything that was plugged into a surge protector survived. Several things that were not did not. No surge protectors survived.

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That is correct, in a few cases the surge protector may "survive" but it is a very unlikely occurrence. But a toasted $250 surge protector beats the fool out of a burned up Airstream.

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I have never had a car stolen either. However, I still don't leave them parked with the keys in them.

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This is a post that deserves a "like" button. This past summer at a local state park I was sitting out enjoying my morning coffee. Two spots down from me 4 Police cars pull in. They go in the trailer and come out with two guys in cuffs. After all the excitement was over I ask one of the cops what was happening. He said the two guys had been robbing vehicles and empty trailers around the park. In their truck they had at least 3 televisions and a couple generators along with several loaded boxes.
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This is a post that deserves a "like" button. This past summer at a local state park I was sitting out enjoying my morning coffee. Two spots down from me 4 Police cars pull in. They go in the trailer and come out with two guys in cuffs. After all the excitement was over I ask one of the cops what was happening. He said the two guys had been robbing vehicles and empty trailers around the park. In their truck they had at least 3 televisions and a couple generators along with several loaded boxes.
Soooo, not only are criminals, by some unseen compelling force, drawn to return to the scene of the crime; but some actually stay there????????

BRILLIANT!!!
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Soooo, not only are criminals, by some unseen compelling force, drawn to return to the scene of the crime; but some actually stay there????????

BRILLIANT!!!


Definitely should be nominated for this years dumb crooks of the year award.
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