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GusCalifornia

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Posted: 02/16/21 11:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just picking up my new (and my first) class c in 2 days. We have only done tent camping so we have not stayed at an RV site before. I understand I should get a surge protector for when I plug in. I went on Amazon and the price differences are pretty big yet they all seemed to have pretty good reviews. Any brand names people trust? I rather not spend $200 if I don’t have to. I saw some a quarter of that price. Will the cheap ones do the trick?

Question 2- do I need to put a filter at sink? Or a filter outside to catch sediment?

Would love to know from the experienced what you suggest.

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GusCalifornia wrote:

Just picking up my new (and my first) class c in 2 days. We have only done tent camping so we have not stayed at an RV site before. I understand I should get a surge protector for when I plug in. I went on Amazon and the price differences are pretty big yet they all seemed to have pretty good reviews. Any brand names people trust? I rather not spend $200 if I don’t have to. I saw some a quarter of that price. Will the cheap ones do the trick?

Question 2- do I need to put a filter at sink? Or a filter outside to catch sediment?

Would love to know from the experienced what you suggest.

Thank you!

Progressive Industries EMS units are pretty good, but not inexpensive. They have fixed and portable units at 30A and 50A, depending on how you plan to use it. I have a portable 30A EMS unit and I keep it inside the motorhome's lockable power bay, plugged in to the shore power cord, and then run a second 25' 30A extension cord to the power pedestal, when we're plugged. Works fine.
Better to spend a few hundred on a good EMS unit, than spend thousands replacing/repairing your motorhome's electrical system?


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Posted: 02/16/21 11:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Progressive EMS. Lifetime Warranty, rated for your rv 30 or 50 amp. hardwired or portable is a matter of choice. I like the portable. I don't use water filter since we only shower and wash dishes with campsite water.

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I believe this is one case where you get what you pay for. To me, this is probably the most important item you need to buy for the RV. Progressive Industries and Southwire Surge Guard both make excellent products. You are probably looking at around $250. Expensive but well worth it. RV parks are notorious for having bad electrical hookups. The good ones will also protect you from under/over-voltage situations as well as miswired campground boxes and surges.


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Posted: 02/16/21 11:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I also don't really worry about water filtration, as we don't drink from the fresh tank (or the other two, either). Bottled water for thirst, coffee, and cooking.

Check out this place. It has a good selection of EMS units and the prices are among the best around. NO, I don't work for them, but bought my EMS-PT30X from them. Fast and fair.
http://www.bestconverter.com/EMS-PT30X-Portable-EMS_p_514.html

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One of the things it's good to remember is that you're not on your own turf when you're traveling. The water will be different and the electrical system might be unprotected and create surges.

On surge protectors this falls into the "you get what you pay for" category. I went ahead and bought the nice Progressive EMS portable one because RV electrical systems are even more expensive to repair.

Because different water sources in different places can cause the trots I always have a filter. Nothing's worse than being out hiking and you have an explosion. Not pretty.

On the trailer I had an installed filter system. On my mh I have an inline filter for the water hose. It's easy to replace and they usually have them in the rv automotive aisle at Walmart.

We also have one of those water pitchers with a filter on it for added protection of our drinking water. Anything that goes into our bodies I'm very careful about and that includes drinking water. The pitcher with a filter is easier to store than stacks of bottled water too.

If you do any cold weather camping get some pipe insulation for your water hose and in-line filter. You might want to get a heated hose too. You'll thank me when you still have running water and your camp neighbors are out slamming their hoses to break up the ice. Here's one. Not cheap but it makes cold weather camping much less of a hassle.
Heated drinking water hose

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Get a good power protection device. A good number of power poles have old or damaged connectors. As far as filters, the little inline blue filters do an adequate job. We went with a whole house filter as it can be used to help add bleach to the water tank for sanitizing.


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gdweb wrote:

Progressive EMS. Lifetime Warranty, rated for your rv 30 or 50 amp. hardwired or portable is a matter of choice. I like the portable. I don't use water filter since we only shower and wash dishes with campsite water.


Not to be a buzz kill but Progressive will almost always come up with a reason to deny claim coverage.





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I'd say go with the Progressive unit. Not cheap but definitely worth. Had ours on 3 or 4 trips & it would give error codes. Called the company. They asked for pics and the error code number. Then they told me to cut off the plug & trash the entire unit, a replacement was on the way. Got the replacement the next week. Gott love a company that stands behind their product.
Water filter: We use the Camco inline blue filter for every tank fill. Get a new filter every year and haven't a problem.


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I actually like the Southwire Surge Guard. It has a lifetime warranty like the Progressive. It also gives you English error codes. unlike the Progressive E-1 type codes that you have to look up to see what they mean. Also I like that the Southwire has an optional wireless remote sensor that you can mount in the RV and see the status of the power such as volts/ amps/cycles and the error codes. I had the Progressive unit before but feel like they are a little behind the times with their user interface. Both companies make excellent products and stand behind them. Here is a good video comparing the two.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qTMpc9aTa0

Edited to update the link.

* This post was edited 02/16/21 04:36pm by Wayfarer *

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