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Old 12-12-2014, 09:14 PM   #1
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Question Surge Protectors - To buy or not to buy?

This has probably been discussed at length, but I couldn't find a thread.

What are everyone's thoughts on surge protectors? Good idea? Do you have one? I'm thinking of getting one, especially if I go to a CG I was at last year where the power was suspect. Seemed to go low voltage at times, although the owner said the line i was on was all new. And at least the power pole was new.
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Old 12-12-2014, 09:19 PM   #2
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There are a number of surge protector threads listed in 'Similar Threads' at the bottom of this page. The inexpensive ones that you see in the shops will probably not protect you from low or high voltage. They will protect only against surge, reverse polarity, and open ground.
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Old 12-12-2014, 09:37 PM   #3
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I have this one

http://m.campingworld.com/shopping/i...y-30-amp/58464

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.
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Assuming you do not leave heavy loads on while out of the trailer (like the A/C), what is the downside of just using something like this and diligently monitoring it?

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I have this one hardwired and all my shore power (not generator input) runs through it. It will not only protect against surges but also low and high voltage, and a bunch of other stuff. Keeps bad power from ruining your expensive stuff. They also have a portable version. I highly recommend having one of these.
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Hi, I have a portable 30 Amp model surge protector and only use it when I think there is going to be a thunderstorm. I have only used it a few times.
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We have the same surge protector and we use it all the time, on the theory that we can't predict when a surge will hit.

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I have this one

Portable Surge Guards With LCD Display - 30 Amp - TRC 34730-003 - 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.
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Old 12-13-2014, 05:08 AM   #8
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I use the same one as FollySteve. Cheap Insurance. I have never had an issue with power at any of the campgrounds I normally stay out (other than no power). But I have seen the results $$$ of a voltage spike that burned up several thousand dollars of electronics on a motor home.

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Assuming you do not leave heavy loads on while out of the trailer (like the A/C), what is the downside of just using something like this and diligently monitoring it?


Nothing rong at all....I've used one for years.

But 'letric is pretty much faster than any of us and I doubt you could get to the plug fast enough or beet the lightening to the to the pole.

The one I use, I didn't go the hardwire route, 'cuz if it did do it's job and had to be re-maned it would be a bit easier.
Also too, HWing would preclude using the trailer after a problem until the unit is removed for repair......I tink?

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Old 12-13-2014, 06:52 AM   #10
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Yea. I guess I was thinking more about the brown out situation. Could use a surge protector without brown out protection in combination I suppose.
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I vote to buy ...cheap insurance if the power source is mis-wired or prone to surges. What are your electronics worth?
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Old 12-13-2014, 11:17 AM   #13
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It all boils down to whether or not you like to gamble, and the odds are winning (or losing) are probably predictable after some research. The odds of benefitting from a surge protector varying greatly depending on where you camp and plug in your trailer. However it all boils down to this:

if you can afford to buy one and don't want to risk the expense and inconvenience of your trailer being extensively damaged or perhaps melted into a aluminum blob, then don't think twice, just get one. If you can't afford to buy one, then you probably shouldn't have a travel trailer, unless its your home. In that case, you probably better save up and then buy one, because you could lose everything you own.

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Old 12-13-2014, 11:27 AM   #14
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We have found campground power unreliable at times, not bad but not always good. Low voltage is a larger concern to me than surges, but we use one of these to cover many possible faults.


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