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Old 11-21-2020, 12:30 PM   #1
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Securing Your Surge Protector

We just purchased a $250 surge protector. A friend informed me that they are an easy target for theft. Has anyone ever had a surge protector stolen? If so, is there a way to secure/lock it to prevent theft? Thank you in advance!
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Mine came with an integral ring intended for running a cable and padlock through it. If I am in a sketchy campground or if I will be away for an extended period, I use the lock to the post. Never heard of problem wherever I have been, though.
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We just purchased a $250 surge protector. A friend informed me that they are an easy target for theft. Has anyone ever had a surge protector stolen? If so, is there a way to secure/lock it to prevent theft? Thank you in advance!
If you don't have the type with the built in ring for a cable, you can purchase a plastic cover for where the cable from the surge guard and your power cable join.

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Old 11-22-2020, 10:39 AM   #4
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We stopped overnight at a campground in St Joseph MO. In our site was a surge protector, still safely locked by the previous tenant.

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Old 11-22-2020, 02:43 PM   #5
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best to get a permanent one installed inside.

that way, there is nothing to worry about or special to do.

As a surge device is a must at ALL times, why use an external devise?
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Old 11-22-2020, 02:46 PM   #6
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If you don't have the type with the built in ring for a cable, you can purchase a plastic cover for where the cable from the surge guard and your power cable join.

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So that can take your surge protector AND power cord?
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I have the progressive industries type with the ring.
I use a cable lock with a couple turns around the pedestal.
I almost wish the lights on the surge protector would time out, they're very easy to see from far away.


I got the beefiest cable that would fit. However, I'd recommend buying a cable lock where the cable can be inserted without the key. One less thing to have in your pocket while setting up.
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Old 11-22-2020, 03:30 PM   #8
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Almost 3 years all over the US in every imaginable campground. Never had a problem.
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Old 11-22-2020, 04:19 PM   #9
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I use a cable gun lock. I put it through the handle and around the conduit the power post wire runs through.
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Old 11-22-2020, 04:45 PM   #10
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We use a Master Lock 8428DPS Python Adjustable Locking Cable. We’ve never had one stolen but I wouldn’t “not” lock it up.
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Old 11-22-2020, 05:25 PM   #11
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I was pretty diligent about locking everything up when I first started. I still have a few security measures (deterrents, really) that add a minute or two to arriving and departing, but now I only secure things if I’m going to be away from the trailer for more than the day, and in that case I’d probably just store and lock the surge protector and cable.
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We use the cable lock that came as an accessory to the Power Watchdog surge protector. If someone was determined to steal it they could but it discourages the petty thieves.
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Speaking from experience I think the odds of forgetting it are greater than the odds of it being stolen!
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Speaking from experience I think the odds of forgetting it are greater than the odds of it being stolen!
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The few times we have, it's "portable", brought it in at night, and the few hours we were away during the day.👍
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Never had a problem with ours getting stolen...as we always lock it up. I have the plastic Surge Guard and secure it with a chain with padlock. It would be too easy to unplug and drive off.
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Speaking from experience I think the odds of forgetting it are greater than the odds of it being stolen!
Hanno, I believe that was the start of a great 2020 year, right? It was nice finally being able to meet you and Dianne back before all this Covid stuff.
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So that can take your surge protector AND power cord?
Quite the opposite! You can lock this box to the power pedestal and prevent the theft of both.
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Don't be so sure about your robust statement. That box does not work with a Progressive Industries or other more robust EMS unit. It does work with the cheaper stuff you can buy at Camping World, Amazon, Home Depot, etc. I have had them both.
So - do your research before you make such a robust statement. Just a suggestion.
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If you don't have the type with the built in ring for a cable, you can purchase a plastic cover for where the cable from the surge guard and your power cable join.

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So that can take your surge protector AND power cord?
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Quite the opposite! You can lock this box to the power pedestal and prevent the theft of both.
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Don't be so sure about your robust statement. That box does not work with a Progressive Industries or other more robust EMS unit. It does work with the cheaper stuff you can buy at Camping World, Amazon, Home Depot, etc. I have had them both.
So - do your research before you make such a robust statement. Just a suggestion.
I wasn't sure if your condescending post was referring to the post of mine above yours, but I would suggest that you can avoid confusion and make your posts clear if you quote the post that you are criticizing.

If you were referring to my first post in this thread and read it, you would have understood that I was specifically referring to the type of surge protector without the attached ring for a cable lock (not the PD EMS.) The plastic lock box works fine with the Surge Guard 34830, for example, which is far from a 'cheap' surge protector and it will work with any other protector that has a short cable for connecting your shore power cable.
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I wasn't sure if your condescending post was referring to the post of mine above yours, but I would suggest that you can avoid confusion and make your posts clear if you quote the post that you are criticizing.



If you were referring to my first post in this thread and read it, you would have understood that I was specifically referring to the type of surge protector without the attached ring for a cable lock (not the PD EMS.) The plastic lock box works fine with the Surge Guard 34830, for example, which is far from a 'cheap' surge protector and it will work with any other protector that has a short cable for connecting your shore power cable.

I’m confirming my experience with this precautionary locking approach. I have a heavy chain I wrap around the power pedestal, place the Surge Guard on my Progressive Industry protector and my power cord, and pad lock it all together.
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