30 amp votage regulator or surge proctector recommendation, either or both needed??? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-18-2017, 08:15 AM   #1
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30 amp votage regulator or surge proctector recommendation, either or both needed???

Starting out in a few months after my wife retires. I have read horror stories about power surges and power drops. I would appreciate some recommendations on certain protectors and or reulators that you use on your trips. Do you use both or either. Thanks in advance for your rcommendations. I would be looking for the portable and not hardwired ones.
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Old 03-18-2017, 09:13 AM   #2
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You get what you pay for consider the systems being protected, electronics, AC, refrigerator, etc. Go on Amazon:
Progressive Industries EMS-PT30C Portable EMS RV Surge Protector - 30 Amp Progressive Industries EMS-PT30C Portable EMS RV Surge Protector...
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Old 03-18-2017, 09:26 AM   #3
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Thanks Ray, I looked into the Progressive Industries EMS-PT30C Portable RV Surge Protection 30 Amp and the reviews were great. I decided thats would be the way to go and ordered it. Nice to know I can rely on people to reply and give me inflormation to look at. Hope to see you on the road some day!
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One of the ways to NOT need a surge protector is never plug in.
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Old 03-18-2017, 10:16 AM   #5
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I have the Progressive portable surge protector... I believe it quite possibly saved some of my stuff one evening at a campsite that the electricity was failing and shutting off and back on a few times. At least it gave me a great peace of mind! Just to let you know... Portable surge protectors have been reported to be stolen from time to time. If you leave your campsite... you are leaving a $200-300 piece of equipment out on the grass. They do make locks for them that you can google. Once my portable one bites the dust, my next purchase will be one installed inside.
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Old 03-19-2017, 04:46 PM   #6
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Starting out in a few months after my wife retires. I have read horror stories about power surges and power drops. I would appreciate some recommendations on certain protectors and or reulators that you use on your trips. Do you use both or either. Thanks in advance for your rcommendations. I would be looking for the portable and not hardwired ones.
We use a portable surge protector on our Casita and motorhome. We didn't at one time and a lightning storm took out our converter. To protect them from being stolen we take a chain and wrap it around the surge protector between the plug and the box part then wrap the chain around the electric post as tight as we can then pad lock the chain. The only way it will come off is if the chain is cut. We have found the locks that they sell for them don't do the job. There may be more than one kind but the one that we got from Camping World is junk. A surge protector is suppose to hang from the post and not lay on the ground. After seeing what can happen to a surge protector when it blows I don't want one in the RV.
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Old 03-25-2017, 09:35 PM   #7
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I don't use them. Please read this and come to your own conclusion: Surges and Surge Protection by phred

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Old 03-26-2017, 09:21 AM   #8
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We seldom plug in but

If you can live with 15 amps as I do, you can use the $25.00 Tripp Lite Isobar 2 Outlet Surge Protector/Suppressor, Wall Mount Direct Plug-in, & $10K INSURANCE (ULTRABLOK)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I permanently mounted it inside my Scamp.

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Old 03-26-2017, 10:37 AM   #9
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I don't use them. Please read this and come to your own conclusion: Surges and Surge Protection by phred

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And when you get near the end of the almost 4,000 word essay you will find this:

LOWER THAN NORMAL VOLTAGE

What is it? The most common cause of damage to electrical items in an RV. It is any sustained voltage of 104VAC or less. Common at RV gatherings as well as at campgrounds with insufficient power to sites.
(Text bolded by reviewer)

Which is why I use a hardwired Progressive-Industries EMS-HW30C. Among it's features, it will disconnect the power to the RV if the voltage falls too far. And this has happened to me more than once, probably saving my air conditioner.

But if you also want voltage regulation (as mentioned in title of this thread), then you are looking for some sort of uninterruptable power supply (UPS). Using a small UPS in addition to the EMS might be a good idea if you are using a computer, but otherwise I doubt there is a need for one in most small R/Vs.
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