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Old 06-18-2018, 05:07 PM   #1
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Surge Protector?

Going on first local try-out with our new passport, should I buy a surge protector before we go?
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Old 06-18-2018, 05:10 PM   #2
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Yes and always use it!
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Old 06-18-2018, 05:11 PM   #3
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YES! You will thank yourselves when your neighbour has a fried whatever from a brownout or surge.
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Old 06-18-2018, 05:24 PM   #4
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Get one...and a good one, not the cheaper "surge" protectors. Get the upper end EMS "system". If you are about to go get the inline protector - it's what I've used for years and I'm extremely happy with it. Electrical current is something you just can't see, unlike water. The current can be in many different states and some of them can terminally damage the equipment in your trailer. You have invested a large sum of money into the trailer and much of that is in electrical devices. Many rv "parks" have poor or questionable power. It only makes sense to get the best device you can to protect your trailer....IMO.
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Old 06-18-2018, 05:34 PM   #5
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Will you be using electrical hook ups??
Then Yes! And not just to protect from surges, lightning and brown outs but to verify the power is good before hooking up the trailer.
We had occasion to pull into an RV park in Moab after 10 days of dry camping. Got the Cougar all backed in and level and went to hook up the utilities. Because we had the surge protector, I discovered the pedestal was wired backward and the 3rd wire ground was not hooked up. Found out during the repair that the previous camper had pulled out without disconnecting from the pedestal and some "other" maintenance guy had done the repair. Just shows you never know until you verify what the power issues are
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Old 06-18-2018, 05:52 PM   #6
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Old 06-19-2018, 03:01 AM   #7
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Thanks all for the input, picking one up from dealer today.
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Old 06-19-2018, 04:15 AM   #8
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Yes, get one ASAP. I went the extra-cautious route, and bought one that is both a surge protects and voltage booster (Hughes Autoformer RV220-50-SP 50 Amp Voltage Booster with Advanced Surge Protection). I have been in too many campgrounds where on busy weekends the voltage drops to very low levels, which can damage sensitive equipment such as air conditioners and the refrigerator. I know that it's pricey, but it is cheaper than having to replace the appliances.
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Old 06-19-2018, 04:54 PM   #9
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Picked up a Progressive Industries EMS-PT30X. Digital readout, faulty wiring detect plus high and low voltage protection.
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Old 06-19-2018, 05:10 PM   #10
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Without a doubt, use some type of EMS. Here is a thread I started last summer in the forum. Lots of participation/input on the thread. Should be a good read for you, with lots of pictures of installations.

http://www.keystoneforums.com/forums...ad.php?t=31690

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Old 06-19-2018, 05:41 PM   #11
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Picked up a Progressive Industries EMS-PT30X. Digital readout, faulty wiring detect plus high and low voltage protection.
I'd say you "did real good".
https://www.usautoauthority.com/best...ge-protectors/
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Old 06-20-2018, 03:28 AM   #12
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We use a Progressive Industries hard wired EMS and a Hughes Autoformer.

I don’t recall ever seeing a surge error on the EMS but we see low voltage (error code E4) regularly so I add the Autoformer.

Before I back into a site, I use a Prime Products AC Power Line Monitor to check the power pedestal.
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Old 06-20-2018, 07:11 AM   #13
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Hey Guitar
to the forum.
I am just starting out also, so I am very limited in my experience. I purchased the
Progressive industries SSP - 30XL Surge protector with cover. I know it's not nearly the same as the inline. I would think that a product from the same manufacture as the top of the line inline system isn't going to sell junk. I have my fingers crossed, and insurance paid up on trailer, to forge ahead. I am in Canada so I might get lucky up here. Just my 2 cents worth. P.S. Buy a lock for it if you get one.
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Old 06-20-2018, 08:37 AM   #14
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Yes. Buy one. From the helpful people on this forum I added one to my new trailer first thing (Progressive Industries 50 amp permanent inline) and the first trip out it found a fault . My friend in helping me hookup loaned me his "spare" power cord because i was a bit far from power post. The unit wouldn't let system power up and showed an error. I looked up error. It was no ground. I checked his cord. Ground was bad. He didn't know. Now he does. I used a different cord. All good. So day one. It may have saved a life. Awesome unit to have.
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Old 06-20-2018, 08:40 AM   #15
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As stated by others, this is a must have !! and should be first item on your must have list.

There are advantages for both portable and in line hardwired units, There are many posts on the pro and con of each on the forum. Use the search feature
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Old 06-24-2018, 07:41 AM   #16
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This is what we use, it has saved me several times. Power jump at campground - electrical storm - unregulated power source - etc. Comes in 30 or 50 amp. Customer service is outstanding. Would not leave home without it.
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Old 06-24-2018, 07:48 AM   #17
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I recently installed a 50 AMP EMS from Progressive. It was fairly easy to install, however, during the install I was wondering if it will ever really be needed. My very first trip after the install the system shut down due to an open ground. I went to the power pedestal and found the ground clamp had fallen off the ground rod. A quick repair and the EMS allow connection. I am very happy that I did the install!
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Old 06-24-2018, 11:59 AM   #18
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YES, right away, use it every time, don't forget it!! Campground power surges can and will fry you appliances so ALWAYS us a surge protector!!
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Old 06-24-2018, 12:09 PM   #19
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We stay at some Campgrounds with only 30amp and others with 50amp. The trailer is 50amp. Do I need a 30 and 50amp protector?
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We stay at some Campgrounds with only 30amp and others with 50amp. The trailer is 50amp. Do I need a 30 and 50amp protector?
Nope... 50 amp will work for either.. just use a 30 to 50 amp dogbone..
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