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Old 10-21-2018, 09:19 AM   #21
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Returned to our fifth wheel today in central FL after a 4 week absence.

It was left hooked up to power with a Progressive Industries surge protector, water hooked up, turned off at the source, Direct tv dish tripod mounted and hooked up. Everything was turned off except the rear A/C set on 85.

When we returned nothing was on and the main breaker inside the unit was tripped. Here is what we found; Main TV won't come on, Electric side of water heater trips circuit breaker, Main A/C, nope no work, and yes that wonderful 18 cu ft 4-door Norcold Refrigator is dead on all functions, full of food, in 90+ heat for 10 days or so. Where the power cable attaches to the Fifth Wheel the Ground Contacts were lightly welded together. A while back someone challenged the design of the new style power cord connectors grounding method, I think it worked well as designed.

The bright side, we pray for those in the path of the storms, we are so lucky and it looks like Progressive will take care of it. Yes it looks like a Lightning strike, probably not direct, but who knows. The neighbors are confirming this, they all thought they were the ones hit.

The interesting find is that Progressive Industries surge protectors have a disclaimer that protects them from any damages. Wow, they could care less if there product works or not in protecting your RV or you.

The Mobile Toy Doctors are coming out tomorrow to assess the damages and fix what they can.
When you ground your landing gear and stabilizers you give a path for lightening to travel into your rv which would trip breakers and fry electronics in the rv. Putting rubber or wood under the pads will lessen lightening traveling into your rv but as others have posted if the lightening strikes close or directly there is nothing out there that will protect your rv.
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Old 10-21-2018, 11:27 AM   #22
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Lightning Strike

When bought our 2014 Raptor in 2015. Brought it home and parked it in the driveway. Had it plugged into the house and took a lightning strike. Knocked out all electronics except fridge. Insurance paid for repairs and immediately afterwards we obtained a surge protector. Sales people should advise new buyers about this issue. Havent had any trouble since.
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Old 10-21-2018, 12:29 PM   #23
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When you ground your landing gear and stabilizers you give a path for lightening to travel into your rv which would trip breakers and fry electronics in the rv. Putting rubber or wood under the pads will lessen lightening traveling into your rv but as others have posted if the lightening strikes close or directly there is nothing out there that will protect your rv.
Actually the ground conductor on the shore power would do that.
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Old 10-21-2018, 01:46 PM   #24
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Flybouy, similar situation in So. Florida 50 yrs ago, similar tree, ran from the tree and dug a trench 6" deep, blew a 2' diameter hole in a concrete block house, totally destroyed the bed next to the wall. Nobody in the bed, thankfully.
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Old 10-21-2018, 04:02 PM   #25
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Powerful stuff. In our S&B house our next door neighbor was in his garage. He had just let go of his extension ladder hanging on the wall, about 2' from the service panel. Lightning hit the satellite dish on the roof above. It followed the ground wire down, entered the garage and lite up the extension ladder like a Tesla coil. The strike followed the underground service cable and blew out one leg. He was very lucky to be alive.
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Old 10-21-2018, 04:16 PM   #26
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More Updates. We are so lucky, we have a few new couples in the resort from the Panhandle that lost everything living in friends and family units. We are still without a inside refrigerator, more parts tomorrow. The Direct TV man will also be here tomorrow. The DVD side of the Furreon entertainment center is fried along with the Fire Stick. We have checked all the slides and the awning. Tomorrow we will check the Leveling system with the technician present and plug in the trailer lights. Hopefully we find everything. The Insurance company is coming back this week to assess the new found damage.

As these units become more complex with electrical gadgets, it is extremely important to check everything out, I am amazed to find electronic devices partially impaired.

We had a Progressive Industries Surge suppressor on the unit, it is still working correctly according to the lights. I do not think the Lightning (surge) entered through the pedestal. Do not know how it entered, there are no visible marks.
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Old 10-21-2018, 05:21 PM   #27
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Thanks for the update
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Old 10-21-2018, 06:38 PM   #28
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We had a Progressive Industries Surge suppressor on the unit, it is still working correctly according to the lights. I do not think the Lightning (surge) entered through the pedestal. Do not know how it entered, there are no visible marks.[/QUOTE]


As stated previously, Lightning will energize the air surrounding where the lightning strikes. It does not need to enter. It does not need to make a direct path through your RV. Air is turned into a plasma full of electrons. Electrically fragile solid state components can be fried from contact with the air alone.
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Old 10-22-2018, 04:56 AM   #29
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Old 10-22-2018, 07:24 AM   #30
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Well this thread is scaring the crap out of me haha. Time to go get the EMS out of the box in my house and plug it in-line with the trailer in my driveway plugged into a 30A shore line
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