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  • Dave and Stephanie Wood
    Dave and Stephanie WoodHandy RV Tools and tips :
    May 10, 2020Surge protector for a 30amp travel trailer - a necessity? If so, which brand do you like? Noob here...
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    • Dave and Stephanie Wood
      Kevin/Yvonne & 4 Doxies May 10, 2020 EMS definite necessity, along with chocks. I think Progressive is one, but not sure. You want more than a surge protector, you want an EMS that will tell you if there is a wiring problem with shore power.🤠😎🙂
    • Dave and Stephanie Wood
      pokeysRVadventures May 10, 2020 I totally agree with Kevin/Yvonne, Definitely get an EMS, Electrical Management System to protect your TT. Progressive is the one that I and most use and available on Amazon. Good luck and have fun! www.amazon.com/Portable-RV-Surge-Protect...  more
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      MarkK10 May 10, 2020 Is it a "necessity" - no. No more than having health insurance is a necessity. As long as you stay healthy and never get sick, you won't need health insurance. But that is not the real world. Just like campgrounds - as long as the wiring is done correctly...  more
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      Ron & Lisa Cook May 10, 2020 I wired my Progressive EMS into the wiring of my trailer. Wasn’t hard and it has been excellent. I did this for 3 reasons:- 1. No one can steal it 2. I can’t for get to use it 3. I can’t forget to take it with me And a fourt...  more
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        Dave and Stephanie Wood May 10, 2020 How did you wire it to the trailer?
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        California Suzanne May 6 Ron & Lisa--If the EMS device is made to plug into a 30 am outlet, how do you wire that into your motorhome since the MH cord comes with the 30 amp plug but the other end not rally accessible.
    • Dave and Stephanie Wood
      Gary and Joy May 10, 2020 Check out Hughes Power Watchdog. Has Bluetooth so you can monitor power consumption and it's a great product.
    • Dave and Stephanie Wood
      Seann (the Canadian) May 10, 2020 Necessity no
      Common Sense yes
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      Jim & Sharon Ham May 10, 2020 Progressive EMS seems to have captured the bulk of the business.
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        Hiking4Nellie May 12, 2020 Yep, this is the one i have as well. I lock it to the pole. I didnt see anyone mention the option/need to lock these down. Not cheap and easy to walk away with.
    • Dave and Stephanie Wood
      Wncol May 10, 2020 I have a surge guard brand. Mine has saved my rv several times from bad wiring and bad voltage. So I would say, yes it is a necessary.     I got all setup and plugged in to power. It was good. Everything was fine. Then afte...  more
    • Dave and Stephanie Wood
      JLV May 10, 2020 If lightening strikes nearby, YES, it is a necessity. No lightening, probably irrelevant. If you get a plug in, go for cheap and convenient. The more expensive ones do all sorts of testing that doesn't need doing, but geeks like...  more
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        Seann (the Canadian) May 10, 2020 Not only do the expensive emss protect you from lightning strikes but they also protect you from under and over voltage in the campgrounds which is a real problem. Under-voltage can burn out your AC unit and other appliances just as fast as over-voltage c...  more
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      Hoffie May 10, 2020 My first one gave up it's life protecting my coach. Electrician told me that it probably saved the three tvs, Dish box, VCR, microwave, and a few other devices. My current one has detected a hot plug at the box (due to poor condition plug in the box) and ...  more
    • Dave and Stephanie Wood
      Richard & Pat May 10, 2020 Progressive Industries has a lifetime warranty.
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      AZRickey May 10, 2020 We have the Hughes power dog 30 amp unit. It's expensive but it has a lot of features. If your like us and forget and turn on the microwave when the hit water heater in on, then make coffee. The 30 amp breaker pops. I can reset from inside the RV. I c...  more
    • Dave and Stephanie Wood
      Hiking4Nellie May 10, 2020 yes, necessity! See what everyone recommends in response to your post. I went with the top reviewed on RV forums at the time.
    • Dave and Stephanie Wood
      The Rodrigues May 11, 2020 definitely get one it's worth it. two years ago I plugged in and did not realize they had bad electrical. everything worked fine while I was i the campground. When I got home and plugged it in to my outlet, it kept tripping the circuit. after hours of dia...  more
    • Dave and Stephanie Wood
      AZRickey May 11, 2020 This is so true! This is way I always try and connect to the 50 plug. I have splitter that provides a 30 amp socket and a 20 socket. Some of the RV park we been to have the 30 amp socket wire wrong. They wire the neutral and ground together. I even s...  more
    • Dave and Stephanie Wood
      rick&dee May 12, 2020 A must. They are expensive but way cheaper than a major wiring and appliance repair. We got a Progressive Industries 30 amp $285
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      Gary and Joy May 12, 2020 I posted earlier in this thread. I feel Hughes makes a great product. They also have great customer service.
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      John & Diana May 13, 2020 RVing for 15 + years.
      Have two plug in digital voltage/polarity monitors ($20)  that I check out of habit for anomalies.
      We are also 30 amps in a motorhome.
      Only had one power tower problem (low voltage) ever.
    • Dave and Stephanie Wood
      Dawg House May 13, 2020 I bought an EMS by Progressivs Industries in Apex, NC. It was close to $400 but thats less than if you fry your RV circuits or appliances. Never completely understood it until one day camping last year at the Seward Waterfront Park in Alaska. My trail...  more
    • Dave and Stephanie Wood
      Bandit455 May 13, 2020 I HIGHLY recommend the Hughs Autoformer. Be sure and order the 30 amp and not the 50 amp model. It is pricy, but it WILL save electronics far better than anything else on the market. It gives you more surge protection than the inline ones, it is also a bu...  more
    • Dave and Stephanie Wood
      Dave and Stephanie Wood May 14, 2020 I did order the Hughes. How did you mount it on the inside? I’d be pissed if someone stole it...
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        Gary and Joy May 14, 2020 They sell an internal mounting kit. https://hughesautoformers.com/product/install-kit-30-amp/
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        Bandit455 May 14, 2020 I have the larger 50amp model in my class A. I basically cut my shore cord and made it into a large extension cord. When I cut it, I left a pigtail coming out of my generator/shore power transfer switch. That pigtail went to the Autoformer output. The res...  more
    • Dave and Stephanie Wood
      Bandit455 May 14, 2020 Oh, and one other thing, and this is for everyone that plugs into any outlet anywhere at any time, even at home. Dig out your DVOM, blow the dust off of it, and physically check the outlet(s) you are about to plug into. You may get a funny look from a cam...  more
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        Gary and Joy May 14, 2020 If you plug the Power Watchdog EPO into bad power the front graphic is RED and it won't connect the power. I like plugging it in at the pedistal do I can see the status before plugging in my camper.
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