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Old 08-14-2016, 08:47 AM   #401
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surge protector

We didn't order one for our 21 build due in Nov. But changing build sheet is an extra$200 plus surge protector $ Ouch . We didn't have it our other trailer and in 3 years with always hooking up never a problem ? Where we just LUCKY we live in the South so lots of electrical storms all the time . Although my home has the full FPL surge protection installed .I didn't think we needed it in our trailer .
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1-fridge mother board
2-microwave
3-tv and radio?
what else do we need surge for ?


.Maybe do what Myron did and do it myself . Jim
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Old 08-14-2016, 08:52 AM   #402
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We didn't order one for our 21 build due in Nov. But changing build sheet is an extra$200 plus surge protector $ Ouch . We didn't have it our other trailer and in 3 years with always hooking up never a problem ? Where we just LUCKY we live in the South so lots of electrical storms all the time . Although my home has the full FPL surge protection installed .I didn't think we needed it in our trailer .
surge protection
1-fridge mother board
2-microwave
3-tv and radio?
what else do we need surge for ?


.Maybe do what Myron did and do it myself . Jim
Your converter and anything you have plugged in. In addition the over/under voltage protection will protect the a/c while it is operating, so just about every major component needs coverage.
They are not that hard to install, I have done 2 myself in prior trailers, easy instructions and just a few tools. Maybe 30 minutes.....
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Old 08-14-2016, 08:54 AM   #403
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We didn't order one for our 21 build due in Nov. But changing build sheet is an extra$200 plus surge protector $ Ouch . We didn't have it our other trailer and in 3 years with always hooking up never a problem ? Where we just LUCKY we live in the South so lots of electrical storms all the time . Although my home has the full FPL surge protection installed .I didn't think we needed it in our trailer .
surge protection
1-fridge mother board
2-microwave
3-tv and radio?
what else do we need surge for ?


.Maybe do what Myron did and do it myself . Jim
While the surge protection is useful, the EMS HW30C installed by Escape does a lot more. I've had it shut down my power when the voltage dropped low enough to damage my air conditioner, indicate an open ground, and once, reverse polarity. While not necessary, it does provide some reassurances as to power quality.

I installed mine since Escape didn't offer it as an option when I purchased my 2011 trailer.
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Old 08-14-2016, 08:54 AM   #404
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We didn't have it our other trailer and in 3 years with always hooking up never a problem...
Same here. Sometimes I wonder if all this gadgetry just adds to stress levels as one monitors every little glitch in the power source. And that I don't need while camping.
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Old 08-14-2016, 09:25 AM   #405
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I really hated having to drill a half-inch hole just to run that remote wire. Ron that consternation must have distracted me from going purple.
I agree and share you doubters' sentiments but .... like it is with the Lottery, you can ne-ver know for sure and Like Jon said, it does cover many potential electrical sink-holes. They are out there, like Gravoids, waiting for you. Anyway, some days here in the land of enchantment can get slow enough to make a person seek satisfaction from an Escape-related stimulant.
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Old 08-14-2016, 09:41 AM   #406
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Uh oh. Did we have one of those black tank encounters Hugh?
Nope, not me. But doing it I could see it would be an easy mistake. Had to pick through the jar of screws to find four short enough. I'm just trying to save others.
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The EMS protects the entire electrical system. Ours has detected quite a few power issues at campgrounds. Once or twice we have even told the campground host about it and they've usually replied that they had problems with that stand or problems with the whole campground. Sometimes it's a case of the campground owner not wanting to go to the expense of fixing their power issues, and other times it's coming from the power company. We are very glad to have the EMS. Instead of making hooking up more stressful, it gives us one less thing to worry about - knowing our electrical system is protected.
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Same here. Sometimes I wonder if all this gadgetry just adds to stress levels as one monitors every little glitch in the power source. And that I don't need while camping.
Got to agree with you on this, especially for the remote fridge thermometers, never before did I worry about it's temp.

Can't say the EMS makes me think more about the power though, didn't worry about it before or after I had one. The solar monitor is another matter.
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Anyway, some days here in the land of enchantment can get slow enough to make a person seek satisfaction from an Escape-related stimulant.
Believe me, my older friend, there is nothing-absolutely nothing- half so much worth doing as simply messing about doing trailer mods. With apologies to Kenneth Grahame.

I know what you mean about drilling holes, always a bit of stress involved. Like today. Want to run a cable for the tv antenna up from under the bed. Good thing I pulled the kitchen drawers out and checked before drilling. Two waters lines live there.

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And I am watching your progress with the King Jack. Meanwhile, my propane quick connect I added at the tank regulator lost its tethered rubber cap. They are impossible to find. When I couldn't even find a lone brass male propane fitting I could use as a plug after plugging it with fiberglass, I settled on this.
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