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I saw another forum on another site and the views were varied. I'm planning on running 2 desktop pc's. The pc's are plugged into a surge protector (power strip) on the inside of the rv into it's outlet. Is that enough to protect the computers or do I have to have the external one coming into the RV in the first place?

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how many joules are the strips. I would look at that and I would think a good strip would be OK. That's what I use at my house.

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I saw another forum on another site and the views were varied. I'm planning on running 2 desktop pc's. The pc's are plugged into a surge protector (power strip) on the inside of the rv into it's outlet. Is that enough to protect the computers or do I have to have the external one coming into the RV in the first place?


I'd be thinking first what to have to protect my A/C and converter!

All I can tell you is I had all my computer equipment and TV on surge protector strips when the coach was accidentally plugged into an RV plug wired for 220 and it smoked them all.

When I had my TT with an outside portable gen, someone ran over the cord and yanked it out of the gen, shut the gen down and smoked my TV.

Both incidence there was no outside surge protector. They are called accidents, nobody ever 'plans' on having it happen. That's what the insurance of an outside or built in surge protector is for. Average cost to replace the items smoked on an RV that takes the hit of a power surge is around $2,400. Choice is yours.

Many RV'ers are still of the vain that 'it has never happened to them', so they don't think YOU need them.


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Look at Progressive Industries EMS/Surge protection. Recently we had a surge of 235 volts come thru a 30 amp hookup. Our Progressive system shut off the electricity before any damage could happen. The guy beside us did not have an EMS/surge protection device and had over $3,000 in FRIED electronics in his RV!!!

Don't skimp on this - the surge protectors found in Staples and places alike are not good protection for the "dirty" electric supplies found in some RV Parks.


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Here is a link to the one Progressive offers.


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good morning

We swear by our surge protector. Last trip out we were getting low voltage so it disconnected our rig rather than letting the low voltage destroy something. Didn't have electric storms while we were there. Monsoon hadn't started yet !!

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Are surge protectors really necessary? Not if you want to take the risk of having all of your electronics & electrical stuff fried.


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Surge protectors come in all shapes and sizes.

A good one is useful.

A bad one is nearly useless.

Get a high quality surge protector, e.g. normally one built into a battery backup / UPS if you got serious $$$ to worry about.

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ASPENMAN wrote:

Look at Progressive Industries EMS/Surge protection. Recently we had a surge of 235 volts come thru a 30 amp hookup. Our Progressive system shut off the electricity before any damage could happen. The guy beside us did not have an EMS/surge protection device and had over $3,000 in FRIED electronics in his RV!!!

Don't skimp on this - the surge protectors found in Staples and places alike are not good protection for the "dirty" electric supplies found in some RV Parks.



When I purchased Winnie in December 2011, this product was one of my MUST HAVES!!! Even before the "maiden voyage". The unit is set to cut off power when the electricity fluctuates. On our "maiden voyage" it worked flawlessly. Cut off power several times and when the power levels were restored so were was the power to Winnie. As I recall the EMS product was about $300. I hope that it continues to work as it's supposed to.


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For what it's worth, been RVing since the 50s in just about every KIND of RV and never have had one and never lost equipment.


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