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RVerDiane

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Posted: 07/14/05 10:05am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've noticed a range of prices for surge protectors, starting at about $100 and going up from there.

Is the lowest price on adequate?

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Posted: 07/14/05 10:12am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We use a 30 amp inline surge protector that we purchased at CW (Camping World). I believe we paid under a $100 for it. So far its done the job for us.


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Posted: 07/14/05 10:40am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Diane, you get what you pay for (usually). The best rule of thumb to sort out one from another is to look for the highest joule rating on the surge protector. Also note that some units are not only surge protectors, but offer voltage limiters and can also test polarity & ground issues. Consider that replacing your microwave or A/C will may cost you five hundred bucks (or more)if it gets fried someday. I personally would not buy a surge protector that is less than $200, but that's my opinion.


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Posted: 07/14/05 02:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

yep, spend $250 and get a good one protection from underages, overages, etc.

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Posted: 07/14/05 04:25pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't even have one. No trouble in 40,000 miles so far.

Note if you carry a computer, you could get a small one just for that if needed, I don't carry mine on vacation.


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I agree with WHUPDEEDOO. After spending a fair amount of time comparing products, I just purchased a progressive industries 50 amp hard wired unit. I installed it between the transfer switch and the MH breaker panel so that it will protect from surges and over/under voltage from either campground or on-board generator. Cost was $389.
Installation was not technically difficult, but that 6 guage wire is hard to bend in a sharp turn.


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I can see there are many views on this topic. I talked with a person from at WIsconsin RV World who said a surge protector wasn't needed as the circuit breakers would trip if there were a power surge or other problems.

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Posted: 07/14/05 10:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Chuck&Gail wrote:

I don't even have one. No trouble in 40,000 miles so far.

Note if you carry a computer, you could get a small one just for that if needed, I don't carry mine on vacation.


I doubt that mileage has much to do with low voltage condx that will kill (forever) a $300 refrigerator control panel, or a $3000 AC unit or a fried TV. The $400 I spent for a 50A surge protector with over and undervoltage protection had paid for itself at least twice that I know of in 1 1/2 years. I sat in a CG in Indiana last year and watched as the voltage rose and fell from 145-87V. We moved ASAP
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To say that a $100 surge proector has worked OK for you because you have not fried anything is really not much of a recomendation. I do not have any surege protection at all, but I really don't think I can claim that my lack of surege protetion is as good as a $200 - $400 unit because I haven't fried anything (yet). Hope this makes sense.


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Posted: 07/15/05 10:22am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We bought the 30AMP Surge Protector and the lock for it from Camping World. About $100 for both.


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