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Old 10-29-2016, 12:11 AM   #11
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We had a bunch of shut-downs in Texas and Oklahoma while being there several months earlier this year. We most often had an open ground. Also had high voltage and low. The low resulted in our solar charge controller no longer working. Waiting on a new one.

We have reported it and breakers have sometimes been replaced. One area was getting new electric after the whole loop had errors except us. Everyone but a couple moved out because of the need for A/C. They couldn't believe ours was working, but other times nearby it was not. We have had shut-downs from storms and/or lightning. Sometimes the power would be out and then restored within a few minutes. We only moved once, due to high volts.
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Old 10-29-2016, 02:01 PM   #12
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... Also had high voltage and low. The low resulted in our solar charge controller no longer working. Waiting on a new one.
I don't understand this: how can low voltage of the shore power cause the solar charge controller to fail?

The solar charge controller isn't connected to shore power; all it sees are input from the solar panel(s) and the battery. Low battery voltage will stop the solar charge controller (so it needs a reset), but that's not what the "surge protector" (electrical management system) detects.
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Old 10-29-2016, 03:26 PM   #13
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I don't understand this: how can low voltage of the shore power cause the solar charge controller to fail?

The solar charge controller isn't connected to shore power; all it sees are input from the solar panel(s) and the battery. Low battery voltage will stop the solar charge controller (so it needs a reset), but that's not what the "surge protector" (electrical management system) detects.
I'm assuming he means the batteries got so low that the solar charge controller stopped working, but yeah, the surge protector has nothing to do with the solar.
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I don't understand this: how can low voltage of the shore power cause the solar charge controller to fail?

The solar charge controller isn't connected to shore power; all it sees are input from the solar panel(s) and the battery. Low battery voltage will stop the solar charge controller (so it needs a reset), but that's not what the "surge protector" (electrical management system) detects.
Whether the charge controller will not work any more because it was defective, or they all don't work if a certain low point is reached, or what, don't know. We followed instructions to reset it, and it was their call when it would not reset that we need a new controller. It would not reset from a low volt situation. Still showing a message regarding low volt. We had the same message briefly on the surge protector but it then worked after that, of course. The solar charge controller never did.

Did not mean to say that the solar and surge protector are connected. But you can get many situations due to storms or lightning or similar. I believe this occurred when we had a pedestal problem and the situation, whatever from, apparently also ruined our solar charge controller. That pedestal was soon good again as I recall. We had similar messages for both solar and surge protector. At least, that is what I think was the case at that time although we have had quite a few instances of such problems.
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Cathy, is it under a two year warranty? That is what I'm reading on the Samlex info.
Are they replacing without any cost?
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Cathy, is it under a two year warranty? That is what I'm reading on the Samlex info.
Are they replacing without any cost?
Yes. We should receive it soon.
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Did not mean to say that the solar and surge protector are connected. But you can get many situations due to storms or lightning or similar. I believe this occurred when we had a pedestal problem and the situation, whatever from, apparently also ruined our solar charge controller. That pedestal was soon good again as I recall. We had similar messages for both solar and surge protector. At least, that is what I think was the case at that time although we have had quite a few instances of such problems.
Thanks for the clarification.
The two problems may have happened at the same time, and voltage surges induced in wiring by lightning could cause both problems (although the surge protector is supposed to protect the trailer from such surges, not die as a result of them), but a lightning storm won't cause low voltage from the pedestal.
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Old 10-29-2016, 11:50 PM   #18
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We have also had high voltage and it was not caused by lightning either. This surge protector only protects so high, however, so I think lightning or a very high surge of another kind can cause it to stop working.
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