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Old 10-26-2014, 01:49 PM   #15
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I know of several people that had their electronics fried. A surge protector would have prevented that. It only takes one time.
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Old 10-26-2014, 01:50 PM   #16
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Okay so this is a MUST BUY item. I note without knowing anything about this that there seems to be a huge difference is pricing on say a 30amp size, is there good surge protectors and others not so good?
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Old 10-26-2014, 01:56 PM   #17
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After reading reviews and researching I ended up going with Surge Guard. I have been pleased with it. Think of it as an insurance policy.
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Old 10-26-2014, 02:01 PM   #18
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Hey Van, I would definitely like to swap, and I'll reimburse you the postage to get your's to me. Send me your address, and I'll put the 30 amp in the mail to you tomorrow (Monday). Thank you so much for getting back to me.
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Old 10-26-2014, 02:04 PM   #19
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If you would email me at vwilliams23322@hotmail.com
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Old 10-26-2014, 02:05 PM   #20
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The inexpensive units (<$150 approx) protect against power surge only, while the more expensive units protect against surge and high or low voltage variation. These can go from $200 to $500+.

Decent article:http://rvtravel.com/noshockzone/surge477.shtml
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Surge Protector 50A-vs.-30A

We are glad to be reading this thread. No one ever mentioned this to us. We are on our third Airstream now-28ft FC- no surge problem yet. I looked at the link from Tin Tin above and have a question. Our power is 30 Amp. However, on occasion we have plugged in to 50 Amp and used a dog bone to reduce to a 30 Amp connection. It seems that we could buy a 30 Amp Surge protector-plug in the dog bone at the power source-and then use the surge protector-then the Airstream power cord into the protector. Any problem you see with this usage?
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Silverbee: I don't know, check with Randy at best converter.com to be sure.
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Old 10-26-2014, 02:13 PM   #23
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Here is the one I just ordered for my 2015 Classic

Progressive Industries 50 Amp Permanent Electrical Management System with Remote Display - Surge Guards - Power Protection - Electrical
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Old 10-26-2014, 03:13 PM   #24
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We are glad to be reading this thread. No one ever mentioned this to us. We are on our third Airstream now-28ft FC- no surge problem yet. I looked at the link from Tin Tin above and have a question. Our power is 30 Amp. However, on occasion we have plugged in to 50 Amp and used a dog bone to reduce to a 30 Amp connection. It seems that we could buy a 30 Amp Surge protector-plug in the dog bone at the power source-and then use the surge protector-then the Airstream power cord into the protector. Any problem you see with this usage?
Good question - Standing by to see what the answer is....
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I have the Progressive Mfg surge protector and thought it was a waste of $300 until IT discovered a "Reverse Polarity" situation at a State Park of all places... Not Cool with an aluminium airstream.. Countrysong...
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Old 10-26-2014, 04:23 PM   #26
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Good question - Standing by to see what the answer is....
At TinTin's suggestion, I asked Randy. Here is the question and the answer:

Hi Tom
I can log on later this eve but the short answer is yes, it will work fine necked down with a 50 to 30 amp adapter.
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On Oct 26, 2014, at 3:55 PM, "Tom Merrill" <tdmerrill@nc.rr.com> wrote:

Randy:
I had a question on the Airstream Forum and it was recommended that I ask you. Please let me know and others want to know the answer. So, if ok with you, I will post your answer. Thanks. Here is my post and question:

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We are glad to be reading this thread. No one ever mentioned this to us. We are on our third Airstream now-28ft FC- no surge problem yet. I looked at the link from Tin Tin above and have a question. Our power is 30 Amp. However, on occasion we have plugged in to 50 Amp and used a dog bone to reduce to a 30 Amp connection. It seems that we could buy a 30 Amp Surge protector-plug in the dog bone at the power source-and then use the surge protector-then the Airstream power cord into the protector. Any problem you see with this usage?
Good question - Standing by to see what the answer is....
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Anyone who owns an Airstream, and hasn't participated in this forum doesn't know what he/she is missing. What a fantastic resource......my posting on here has resulted in a solution to my Surge Guard problem. Thanks everyone.


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Yes, it's a big deal for more then just surge protection. The so called surge protectors also serve another function. A good unit should also have a low voltage cut off built into the unit. Low voltage can damage appliances just as quickly as a surge. I installed a inline high/low voltage protector in the rear trunk of my AS and mounted it on the wall by near the 50 amp service. It's a lot more difficult to install a unit inline, however I don't have to think about envious neighbors who wish too hard to have one without the expense of purchasing one. (Just in case you happen to camp in that kind of environment.) This past summer I stepped my 50 amp service down to a 30 amp service that was strung from one site to the next. When the temperature rose, everyone turned on their AC resulting in a significant drop from 110/115 volts to 75 volts. My low voltage protector cut off electric to my AS when the supply dropped below 100 volts and that's important if you don't want to burn up the electronics in the A/C, refrigerator, hot water tank, TV and so on. Prior to installing the high/low protector, I needed to step down my electric service from 50 amp 20 amp at an old campground. Even with my A/C turned off, I managed to overlook switching the hot water heater to propane. Making breakfast, I thoughtlessly got the refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, TV and a couple light running. Suddenly everything went out. After the usual breaker check, nothing turned up. Then I found that one of the ground wires completely burned off my 50 amp plug and melted the whole back of the plug. A real recipe for a fire. So the lesson learned was "yes" you do need a low voltage and surge protector. There's no way to explain how horrible it was to remove the AS factory installed 50 amp plug with all the stubborn rubberized caulk used to hold it in.
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