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Old 10-07-2019, 08:45 PM   #1
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Surge protection??

Was wondering if an rv owner out there could explain to us if there is any advantage to having a surge protector built into your rv or if itís better to have the type you plug directly into shore power.
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Was wondering if an rv owner out there could explain to us if there is any advantage to having a surge protector built into your rv or if itís better to have the type you plug directly into shore power.
An advantage of the built-in unit is that it won't be stolen and you can't accidentally leave it behind (at home or in a campsite).
Another advantage of a built-in might be that the display and control panel is built-in in the interior, rather than on the face of a unit outside.

The only advantages I can think of for a portable unit are that it might be cheaper, and that if it fails it is trivial to replace (no installation).
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Old 10-07-2019, 09:05 PM   #3
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I had a portable one before the built in model and I came across some power pedestals that were too low to the ground to plug in the portable unit. No issue with the built in model.
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Thanks Brian , I appreciate the insight. My wife and I are buying an escape 19 and I’ve talked to lots of people w the plug in sp’s and we’re wanting to take the best route to protecting our trailer. Do you know if there is a surge can the cord before the surge protector take any damage or no?
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the EMS that Escape uses is a lot more than a simple 'surge suppressor'. it tests the voltages, frequency, polarity, ground bonding, etc before it connects the trailer, and will disconnect the trailer if the voltage is below 108V or above 132VAC, or if the frequency exceeds +/- 9 Hz from 60Hz nominal.

https://www.progressiveindustries.net/ems-hw30c

the external equivalent to this is not cheap.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N0W4CZ8
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Thanks a lot John . We appreciate the insight you’ve given. Rock on sir!!
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Do you know if there is a surge can the cord before the surge protector take any damage or no?
I don't think any of the potential problems that the EMS is designed to protect against are any risk to the cord itself.
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I don't think any of the potential problems that the EMS is designed to protect against are any risk to the cord itself.
maybe a lightning strike.
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