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Old 02-13-2016, 09:02 AM   #1
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OK brothers and sisters of the fiberglass trailer world. Do any of you folks use a surge protector? I see a 30 amp protector on sale for $89.00. I am curious that they may be preying on old folks that are afraid the world is sure to spin out of control (if they don't buy the super dooper anti-spin control). Don't most trailers have 'surge protection' with fuses?
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Old 02-13-2016, 10:30 AM   #2
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None of the smaller trailers I've owned have had any surge protection. I like this one as it also has wiring fault indicators to check before you plug in the trailer, and I have found open grounds or crossed wires at campground pedestals.

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Old 02-13-2016, 10:40 AM   #3
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Most folks I camp with do use surge protectors as camp grounds are notorious for having unstable power supply so a surge protector is a really good thing to have :-)

As Charlie suggests its rare to find a built in surge protector on a small trailer such as ours.
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While I purchased my Escape17B prior to Escape offering an optional, hard wired surge protector (the EMS-HW30C), I added one & have found it useful. I prefer the hard wired version, easier to remember, less attractive to others, and the remote readout let me know the current the trailer is drawing - useful when connected to a 15 amp service.

It has shut down the trailer a couple of times when the campground voltage dropped below safe levels and on the rare occasion when the pedestal is miswired it would not allow the trailer to connect.

You do need at add a plug with the ground connected to the neutral if powering the trailer from most inverter generators otherwise the surge protector assumes that you have an open ground.
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Old 02-13-2016, 01:35 PM   #5
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While I purchased my Escape17B prior to Escape offering an optional, hard wired surge protector (the EMS-HW30C), I added one & have found it useful. I prefer the hard wired version, easier to remember, less attractive to others, and the remote readout let me know the current the trailer is drawing - useful when connected to a 15 amp service.

It has shut down the trailer a couple of times when the campground voltage dropped below safe levels and on the rare occasion when the pedestal is miswired it would not allow the trailer to connect.

You do need at add a plug with the ground connected to the neutral if powering the trailer from most inverter generators otherwise the surge protector assumes that you have an open ground.
X2 - on the EMS-HW30C surge protector. I also installed one. I like that it is hard wired and mounted inside my trailer so that it doesn't grow legs and walk off like the external ones have been known to do occasionally. As to those inexpensive ones, well, you get what you pay for. (Caveat Emptor baby!) These units also come with a lifetime warrantee, which is something you won't find elsewhere.

While I was at it, I also removed the utterly useless and most inconvenient small access hatch and unruly permanently attached shore power cord that the trailer came with, and I replaced it with one large enough to actually be useful. It also made the installation a lot easier to do from the outside without taking half the trailer apart on the inside to get to it. The shore power cord now gets coiled up and stowed in my rear Stow-Away box and plugs into the marine type twist-lock outlet I mounted next to the hatch. No longer is there a way for bugs and critters to get in around the cord slot in the old hatch, because there isn't one in the new hatch.

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Old 02-13-2016, 03:35 PM   #6
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Do you have a surge protector on the service panel in your home ? If not you might worry about that first , in the case of a nearby lightning strike several folks in this part of the world have had their microwaves , televisions , water softeners , sewing machines etc destroyed. You can always unplug your trailer but not your home.
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Old 02-14-2016, 11:05 AM   #7
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Thanks for the input, really appreciate it. I have purchased a surge protector. I had to tell my wife "honey I had too, look at the responses". I like the idea of trying to install inside. I really don't like braking noses of thieves unless I've done everything I can on my side to prevent confrontation. My Scamp is in storage but I can visualize the space under the bunk where the power cable is stored.
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