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Old 05-20-2009, 07:12 AM   #15
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Woppa4,
They are a little expensive but a Fluke Multimeter will cover your needs. There are other mulitmeters out there too. Check out your local Home Depot, Lowes, or an electrician's supply house and I am sure you will find a wide range of digital and analog multimeters.

Take look at this Fluke Multimeter...

http://us.fluke.com/usen/products/Fl...(FlukeProducts)

RV stores, camping world, www.bestconverter.com also have AC and DC meters that you can use inside your trailer to monitor you AC and DC current.

If you get a multimeter be sure to read the directions carefully becuase electricity is not something to take lightly. 110 AC might not kill you, but is sure doesn't feel good.
How would reliably test the incoming Voltage I would think it would be always changing. Wish there was a away if any to protect your trailer from incoming Power problems something like a surge protector.
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:23 AM   #16
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How would reliably test the incoming Voltage I would think it would be always changing. Wish there was a away if any to protect your trailer from incoming Power problems something like a surge protector.
Mrcrowley,
There are surge protectors and line conditioners / autoformers for RVs...take a look...

Camping World Surge Protectors

If you are woried about low voltage too, you can invest in an autoformer. Hughes and Franks are popular, but I have read some bad reviews on the Hughes brand.

Autoformers at bestconverter.com
Frank's Voltage Booster Homepage

Both the surge protectors and the autoformers are expensive, but consider the alternative.

I have a surge protector for both of our coaches and am saving up to purchase an autoformer for both of our Airstreams.
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Old 05-21-2009, 06:52 AM   #17
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Autoformer

I have surge protection. I am not sure how a autoformer works, placement,and ease of installation (professional tech). I am certainly interest.I do not want to repeat the same experience as I did recently in Fl. Please advise. woppa4
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Old 05-21-2009, 07:27 AM   #18
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I have surge protection. I am not sure how a autoformer works, placement,and ease of installation (professional tech). I am certainly interest.I do not want to repeat the same experience as I did recently in Fl. Please advise. woppa4
Woppa4,
If I understand it correctly the autoformer nulls out any AC power surge or AC brown outs to a certain point and will automatically disconnect if the AC is out of operatring paramters and reconnect once they are back in, all before any permanent damage is done to the RV.

The autoformer does not need to be "installed" inside th trialer. It simply plugs in-line with the trailer AC cord. Autoformer plugs into AC source and trailer plugs into autoformer and presto, you're in business.

If you want to read about the autoformers, I would suggest you peruse Frank's Electronics home page.

Another thing to remember is that all autoformers have surge and spike protection so it will make your current surge protector obsolete.
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We plan on adding an autoformer during our refurb of Little Girl.

I would go for a hardwired unit, or at least mount the plug-in unit inside the trailer if at all possible. That way you never forget to use it, and it won't grow feet and disappear.

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