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Old 12-26-2015, 07:52 PM   #1
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Why would I need a surge protector???

Hi all,
I usually don't camp at places that have electrical hook-ups but next year will be my first exception. We will be camping at four locations, for a total of twelve days, that have electricity. I'm not convinced at the necessity of a surge protector. Isn't that what the fuses are suppose to protect against, besides faults...


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Old 12-26-2015, 11:38 PM   #2
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A surge protector is closer to the power source and is suppose to protect against power surges. A fuse protects against overloads. A surge protector will also interrupt the power much quicker than a fuse because a fuse must first heat up before it can break.

Having said that, they are pretty much useless in RV's and not much better in homes. I have never had one in either my home or RV.

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Old 12-26-2015, 11:44 PM   #3
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You will find the biggest power problem in campgrounds is low voltages, not power surges.
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Old 12-27-2015, 12:08 AM   #4
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Like many other things (a pressure regulator on your water hose, for example)... it's insurance. While the chances of it happening are low, a power surge may not only fry the entire power grid on your rig, but possibly your computer, TV's, and appliances... and none of it will be covered under warranty. You'll just be SOL.

Personally, I like 'em, but your mileage may vary...
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Old 12-27-2015, 03:12 AM   #5
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To me the big benefit of my surge protector is the wiring check. Two green lights and I'm good to go. (30 Amp model) After that, I'll admit, that for a simple overnight, I may not include the protector (and lock box) in the circuit; and instead, just plug in. But if the wiring (especially ground) isn't right, I want to know that before I go to sleep.
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Old 12-27-2015, 03:33 AM   #6
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After some friends of my folks had their camper fried by a new campground I bit the bullet and got one. It has protected our unit several times at campgrounds with low voltage. Like Tom says, its insurance. For my folks friends it was a vacation stopper--no power to the trailer after that and a $5000 repair bill.
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Old 12-27-2015, 03:41 AM   #7
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There are surges other than campground wiring, Lightning can and will, if conditions are right, can cause a large surge too.
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Old 12-27-2015, 06:29 AM   #8
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Electrical service in campgrounds can be a crap shot. A good surge protector will cover it all, from the power surges to over/under voltages that burn out things like the AC. They also provide protection from miswired power posts.

I have come across just about every situation that can cause havoc to the power system in my camper. I used check things like polarity at the post and used a Kill-a-volt in the camper to monitor the voltage inside the camper.

Just got to be to many things to check and monitor, so I went to a hard wired surge protector. Now I just plug in and let the surge protector run through checks and do the monitoring.
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Old 12-27-2015, 12:06 PM   #9
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Do you have insurance on your rig? Does it cover electrical destruction of your electronics? A surge protector is cheap insurance against; surges, low voltage, high voltage and crap wiring. I have seen just about every type of mis-wiring possible. Reversed neutral, missing grounds, reversed neutral and ground as well as low and over voltage conditions. The units today have a lot more electronic control boards in them than ever before. They are more sensitive to over/under voltage than the older stuff. Your call. You may go an entire lifetime and never get struck by lightning, some people may get hit more than once. I prefer the peace of mind of a surge protector.

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Old 12-28-2015, 10:31 AM   #10
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Won't plug in without it. Had an electrical issue here at John Prince. One unit complete fry, another just the microwave. For $300, I know exactly what I'm plugging into. No worries.

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