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Posted: 09/04/20 06:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm interested to know if anyone here has actually suffered damage to their electrical components due to bad power.

I've heard lots of stories of tire blowouts and the damage caused.

I've heard stories about how EMS systems have protected people from damage.

I'd like to know if there are people here who have actually suffered damage because they didn't have an EMS.

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I havent had damage, but i know 3 people that have. ( well 2 had damage the other had an ems that disconected) and it didnt matter where it was , one was at disney. You never know. I got the ems. My tires are easy to check though. If i had to take off hub caps or had a large 5th wheel I could probably afford both or at least save for them. I figure if it saves the AC , fridge or converter im happy. And TBH its more about the time spent replacing them. Reading here some fridges dont fit in the main door. I would never want to take a slide or window out to replace something like that. Get the ems first, tps nect year. Have fun.


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SpeakEasy wrote:

I'm interested to know if anyone here has actually suffered damage to their electrical components due to bad power.

There are occasional threads on this forum about someone sustaining damage. The response is ALWAYS "you should have had an EMS."


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Posted: 09/04/20 07:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

SpeakEasy wrote:

I'm interested to know if anyone here has actually suffered damage to their electrical components due to bad power.

I've heard lots of stories of tire blowouts and the damage caused.

I've heard stories about how EMS systems have protected people from damage.

I'd like to know if there are people here who have actually suffered damage because they didn't have an EMS.

-Speak


In 43 years of towing campers, I've had two tires come apart and no failures from bad power. The only power protection that I use is an autoformer when voltage is down.

My TPMS has alerted me to low tire pressure several times. That system can save a lot of damage and increases safety.





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That is a good question..
Considerations: A blown tire can kill you.. HOWEVER They are fairly rare

Over/Under voltage or plugging a 30 amp plug into a 240 volt outlet is relatively common..

Fact I've had 3 Flat tires on this RV. NO secondary damage (All rear one outer and two inner dual) The outer I found quickly but the other two.. I have no idea how far I drove or if I drove on 'em.

So I'd go with the EMS HW-30/50-C from Progressive Industries unless I got a fantastic deal on the TRC/Southwire Surge Guard.. which by the way is why I have one.


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I was traveling through Denver a few days ago and the TST tire monitor went off while we were on a back road heading towards a campsite. Found a nail in the right rear tire not yet flat thanks to the system. I would not have known about that tire until it was ruined without that system. Was able to stop and change out tires while just needing a patch instead of a new tire. I think both systems have much merit but for me, the tire system was beneficial at this time. Will look at power monitors/surge protectors down the road.
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I use both.


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Decided on the TPMS. Installed it today. Got the EezTire one. I really like that it is totally wireless.

The deciding factor was the issue of safety to self and others. An EMS will protect our own stuff, but the notion of the TPMS protecting others, in the event of a catastrophic blowout, tipped the scale in favor of that product.

Maybe next year I'll get the EMS.

Thanks for playing along.

-Speak

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I have had 3 tire isssues, one brand new inner dually flat, caught it, no damage. No TPMS at that time.

Next was 1st day driving home on old tires. Whats that noise? BANG, no TPMS

3nd one starting out for a days drive and the TPMS notified me, inner dually of course. I only monitor the duallys and do not use a toad. I should notice a flat on the front.

The cheap ones usually last about 2 years. Also use one in the wifes car as the factory system only shows low pressure, not which tire and not the actual pressure in the tire.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Car-TPMS-Tire-Pressure-Monitoring-System-Solar-Charging-HD-Digital-LCD-Display-Auto-Alarm-System-Wireless-With-4-Sensor/977355447

So you have me thinking, why can't I add a whole house surge protector to my RV?

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Surge Protector. I use the Progressive Industries SSP-30XL


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