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Old 10-19-2013, 03:23 PM   #11
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The plug in surge protector will not protect your wiring and plugs inside your trailer and your insurance may have a deductible, that electrical surge will fry everything in it's path, not just items plugged in. I'm not sure if occupants are at risk during a voltage spike but like I said, personal choice. Ideally it should be mounted at the pedestal to protect your 30 amp cord also, but then the risk of theft is present. They do have portable ones.
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:24 PM   #12
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OK. So why not pick up a $20 surge protector for computer, TV, phone chargers? I have one that plugs into the AC outlet and has three places to plug in chargers.
Why do I need to spend $250?
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:46 PM   #13
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Or, I can just avoid those parking lots for RVs.
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Old 10-19-2013, 04:39 PM   #14
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Or, I can just avoid those parking lots for RVs.
LOL - ever been in the one "RV" lot in Yellowstone? The rangers call it the parking lot with hookups. I think we had about 6 feet between us and the ones on each side of us for the one night we were there - never again!
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Old 10-19-2013, 04:50 PM   #15
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In my ignorance, I have another question. If I don't have air conditioning, and since all of my appliances are low draw ( after all they are all 12V and able to run off of the battery ), why couldn't I use a cheap surge protector at the electric tree and plug the trailer into it?
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You could do that, you would need an exterior 15 amp model.
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:12 PM   #17
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Surge protectors are rated in joules; the higher the figure the more surge it can absorb before failing. Some plugging strips have such a low rating that they offer little or no protection. Most of those designed for an RV provide higher levels of protection. If you want to depend on a plugging strip to provide surge protection, be sure it is a good one. Ratings of 100 joules or more are what you are looking for to protect a trailer.

That said, what RVers call surge protectors usually include additional components and circuitry so that they detect under and over voltage, reverse polarity, and missing ground. These additions are not built into all surge protectors, so one must check the specifications. I would not purchase a surge only device.

As to surge protection only, I suspect it may be worth it, particularly if you camp in areas that have frequent thunderstorms, however I've never had a problem with surges. Low & high voltage, reverse polarity and missing ground, yes.

The Progressive Industries model supplied by Escape is an example of a "surge protector" that is actually an EMS. By the way, you even have to be careful with the term EMS. In the larger RV world there are devices called EMS that shed circuits so the input amperage of a 50 amp RV is limited to 15 or 30 amps when connected to a lower amperage source.
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We have lost 2 converters and a microwave to power problems over the years. It's not just the cost of the appliance but the hassle it causes for that trip. Seems to always happen on the first day of vacation for those of us not yet retired and still on a schedule. The $250 Escape charges for the EMS is a very cheap price for that unit and total trailer protection also saving you some headaches.
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:22 PM   #19
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Searching, I found Shockshield GFCI with surge protection, but it doesn't say if it can be used outdoors. Most of the others I found said 'indoor use only'.
I also learned that the Shockshield is $12.95 at Amazon.com and $43.43 at Amazon.ca.
I already have the device for checking polarity etc.
Have never camped with hookups and lightening at the same time.
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I guess I should return my empties and save up the deposit until I can afford the Progressive.
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