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Ed9824v

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Posted: 01/25/13 05:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have put my portable surge in the electrical storage compartment and rung a electric cable out to the pole, I can lock it up at the pole for some occasions


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I put a hardwired Progressive Industries power management unit (the best brand on the market) in the storage area ahead of the main breaker panel. "Out of sight, out of mind" has always been my moto, they won't steal what they don't know is there.


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I feel that a surge protector is a good idea but I have never used one or had problems.


Having said that we have been camping for on 25 years & never had anything stolen we rarely lock our doors (we do have an anti theft system) Two Boxers....

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pianotuna wrote:

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


In the last two years our EMS from Progressive Industries has found three posts incorrectly wired (polarity, ground, etc) and shut off for low voltage a couple of times.

Just recently the trailer next to us had the post socket short out (they've been connected there for a month!) - it burned their power cord and destroyed a a 42" flat screen TV.

The hardwired EMS is indispensable as far as I am concerned. When I hook up I turn on the power at the post post and within 30 seconds the EMS completes it's tests and audibly clicks on or displays any problems it found.


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A couple campgrounds ago they had really low power some times and the EMS shutdown twice due to the voltage dropping below 103 Volts. Mine has the monitor panel and lets me know the voltage and many times at this campground it dropped low. Nice to know about.


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I have one of the cheap progressive lock covers....but nothing that cant be broken easily to taake the suppressor......


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I have Never got the lock on the surge deal, I have NEVER heard of people stealing them, %99.9999 of the folks at Rv resorts are not the type to do that and I have been Fulltiming for 3 years now IMHO spend your money on something else

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pianotuna wrote:

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


And then they may have to deal with many of the electronics being damaged as we and many other campers experienced due to a surge caused by a storm while in a campground. Yes, the campground's insurance covered the repairs but we had to get the repairs done and deal with the inconvience. Not fun!!

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We use a steel bicycle chain with integrated lock. It may make the thief go elsewhere to an easier target.
Our PI protector has helped us a few times on low voltage occurances. I have both a 30A and a 50A version.


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raytronx wrote:

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.

Here's my install.


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