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lakeside013104

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Posted: 01/25/13 04:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is it recommended / necessary to install a surge protector on your 5er shore power hookup?
I assume the surge protector, when installed, is at the electrical service panel. What does one do to prevent surge protector theft or is theft a concern?
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I would say if your worried about theft, get a hardwired model that mounts inside. We camp 7 months out of the year and have never heard of a portable one being stolen.

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TRC Surge guard sells a box that goes over their unit that will let you run a cable thru it. Progressive industries EMS has a tab on the cord that let's you run a cablet thru to lock it up.

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Hi,

Or you could do as the vast majority of folks do--and not have a surge suppressor.


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Posted: 01/25/13 04:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How about one of these...

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I highly recommend some sort of theft protection for your power cable and surge protector. If you have 50 amp. service, your surge protector will cost between $350 and $400, depending on the type and place of purchase. A 50 amp power cord will cost you another $200 - $300, again depending on the above factors. So, it should go without saying that you should do something to protect these expensive items. I have looked at the commercial locking devices sold at most RV stores and to say the least, they are junk, and they only secure the power cord to the surge protector, which doesn't protect anything given that all a thief has to do is unplug the power cord & surge protector at both ends and walk off with both.

I made a steel cable device that crimps tightly around the male end of the power cord and another that crimps around the female end of the surge protector, leaving a second loop on each (it will look like a figure eight with a cable crimp in the center). I then pass a short piece of chain through both loops, then around the power supply box and secure it with a pad lock. Most any hardware store has the cable & crimpers and will assist you in making it, but you will have to bring the power cord and surge protector with you so that they can properly fit and install the cables. The cost for both ends totaled about half what a commercial device costs and is about four time better.

It can only be removed with bolt cutters or a hacksaw, but then again so can the commercial devices.


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lakeside013104 wrote:

Is it recommended / necessary to install a surge protector on your 5er shore power hookup?
I assume the surge protector, when installed, is at the electrical service panel. What does one do to prevent surge protector theft or is theft a concern?
Thanks.
Lakeside


Best thing is install it inside if possible. No worry about it walking away and you can see the readout for monitoring the voltage and amperage.

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Many people do NOT use surge protectors. I consider them very cheap insurance for all the electronics in my RV. I used to have a lock for my first surge protector, then just got tired of locking it down. Maybe the places I've stayed just look trustworthy. If I felt it might be at risk I'd break out the cable and lock.

FWIW, I read of more thefts of power cords from units in storage than I do of thefts from people actually using their RVs.


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I installed a hardwired model, as it is one less thing to deal with when hooking up and unhooking. It is out of sight, and out of mind, and it has been worth it, as three times it would not let power through because of power problems.

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We have a family across from us that claim they take about 20 min. to hook up thier power and they have in excess of $1,000 in Supressors and locks and locks for the locks.I am like the other poster that said 7 years and never heard of a theft, I've never heard of anyone loosing thier stuff. I agree it's cheap insurance but there is something called "Insurance Poor".


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