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Old 08-13-2015, 04:54 PM   #11
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For those with a hard wired surge protector I have a question. Is there a audible hum coming from it? We heard there was, so since the surge protector on our 17B would be directly below our heads when we sleep we went for the portable one. And as far as theft is concerned Iíve been told it is extremely rare and besides if I was even a little concerned I would simply disconnect, and stow it in the trailer overnight or when we were away from the campsite.
But if it is stowed in the trailer then it is not doing what it is intended to do.....
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Old 08-13-2015, 05:19 PM   #12
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Ok, so if I opt to install the hard wired version at some point, and I don't run the A/C until the unit is installed, will a "brown out" or some other surge damage any of the other components in the trailer?

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Old 08-13-2015, 05:28 PM   #13
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For those with a hard wired surge protector I have a question. Is there a audible hum coming from it? We heard there was, so since the surge protector on our 17B would be directly below our heads when we sleep we went for the portable one. And as far as theft is concerned Iíve been told it is extremely rare and besides if I was even a little concerned I would simply disconnect, and stow it in the trailer overnight or when we were away from the campsite.
Our hummed when we got the trailer. Called Progressive Industries, they had me clean out the relay. When I opened it it had a bunch of junk in the box, like it was left open while ETI built the trailer. Blew it out, got better but still hummed. Progressive sent me a new relay that I installed, no hum since.
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Old 08-13-2015, 06:10 PM   #14
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Ok, so if I opt to install the hard wired version at some point, and I don't run the A/C until the unit is installed, will a "brown out" or some other surge damage any of the other components in the trailer?

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Fred, A severe surge can damage anything, but particularly something with a circuit board. And while I would recommend getting the ETI installed surge protector, if it makes you feel any better I can tell you that before I purchased my 5.0TA, I had a Colemsn pop-up, two Aliners, and a Scamp 19, all without surge protection and in years of camping/RVing never had any surge damage. The only time I would be most concerned is in a raging electrical storm. You could always unplug the entire trailer until the storm passes.
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Old 08-13-2015, 06:14 PM   #15
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Ditto. I've been thinking about surge protection for seven years, but that's as far as I've gotten.
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Old 08-13-2015, 06:37 PM   #16
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Surge and Electrical Protection

Our previous trailer ended up with a partially melted battery fuse as a result of a spark on connecting improperly to shore power. We didn't notice it for a long time, but it impacted our electrically system. When we found it and fixed it I resolved to get a surge protector on our next trailer. So we have it on our Escape 21 and don't have to worry about things like Brown outs causing a surge in amperage and maybe damaging our fridge or so on.

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Our previous trailer ended up with a partially melted battery fuse as a result of a spark on connecting improperly to shore power. We didn't notice it for a long time, but it impacted our electrically system. When we found it and fixed it I resolved to get a surge protector on our next trailer. So we have it on our Escape 21 and don't have to worry about things like Brown outs causing a surge in amperage and maybe damaging our fridge or so on.

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Heaven help us ! Let's not damage the Dometic frig ! We have the surge installed . So far one instance . A circuit was overloaded and blew and surge shut down the electrical in trailer immediately . No damage to trailer back in Nov, 2013 just after we picked up . Pat
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Our previous trailer ended up with a partially melted battery fuse as a result of a spark on connecting improperly to shore power. We didn't notice it for a long time, but it impacted our electrically system. When we found it and fixed it I resolved to get a surge protector on our next trailer. So we have it on our Escape 21 and don't have to worry about things like Brown outs causing a surge in amperage and maybe damaging our fridge or so on.

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Always a good idea to turn the 30amp breaker off, plug in the trailer, then turn the breaker on.
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Old 08-13-2015, 08:28 PM   #19
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We've traveled in our vintage Shasta trailer for years without an electrical protector. Haven't had a problem. But our 19 has a lot more electronics than Shasta, so I added a built in Progressive Industries surge protector. Don't know if there'd be any problems without, but I'm paranoid.

On our last trip it came on with a loud electrical buzz. It was irritating enough that we un-plugged. I called Progressive Industries and they suggested cleaning any debris from the contactors. I did this. The noise changed some, enough to see the problem was there. But cleaning didn't solve the problem. When I got home I bought a can of "air" and blew out the contacts. Didn't help.

Now, I am a professional. Nothing to do with electricity, but I am a professional. This next step is not recommended for anyone, professional or not. DON'T DO THIS AT HOME. After blowing out the contacts I was quite irritated with the surge protector. I pressed the contactors together, while under power, with a piece on NON-CONDUTCIVE material, I used the lid of the surge protector box. Did this a couple of times, with gusto. To my surprise it stopped buzzing and has been OK since.

I have the feeling talking to Progressive Industries that this isn't unheard of. I suspect if I called back they'd send a new set of contactors as they did for Bob.

Anyway, no recommendation given and your mileage may vary.

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That was one of the steps PI had me do, beat on the contactor some (technical term). This is something we used to do at work fairly often so I was familiar with the idea although we did it more as a means of checking to see if the unit was working as opposed to a way to clean the contacts.
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