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kamperkomic

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Posted: 02/21/20 12:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm sure this has been discussed in the past, but I would like to get a 50 amp surge protector for my RV. I would like to hear what surge protector you use, and why you picked. Also if you can share any reviews on your choice. Thanks

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Progressive EMS. total protection, not just against surge. either portable or hardwired. i went portable, just so i could plug it in at pedistal to know if there were problems before setting up. best there is and has a lifetime warranty.


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Same here. The display looks like that of a calculator from 1973 but it works well.


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I chose an autoformer instead of a surge device, so that voltage may be corrected.

Why? Because the main cause of damage is low voltage, and the current popular surge devices disconnect at a voltage that may cause damage.


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I use the Southwire/TRC hard wired one.. I'd rather have a Progressive Industries HW-50C but due to a rather impressive sale the one I have was about half the price...

Why Hard wired: Outta Sight of sticky fingers out of mind.
You NEVER forget to plug it in
And it works well.. And yes it has already discovered an issue that COULD have caused me problems.. except it shut me down.. I reported it to the park and they found ... A screw loose. They tightened but I've not yet returned to the sight.

I had a portable but .. Well. it suffered from exposure Plus I had to outside to look at the display (The modern ones have a radio remote display) the hard wired has a hard wired display that's on my info/control panel INDOORS.. Kind of nice


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I have a built in Progressive EMS 50A. Great after many years. Saved RV several times. Had small problem years ago. Tech support great.

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The new autoformers protect better.


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joelc wrote:

I have a built in Progressive EMS 50A. Great after many years. Saved RV several times. Had small problem years ago. Tech support great.


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gdweb wrote:

Progressive EMS. total protection, not just against surge. either portable or hardwired. i went portable, just so i could plug it in at pedistal to know if there were problems before setting up. best there is and has a lifetime warranty.


Same one I purchased. After pouring over the reviews, I decided to spring for the portable version. The one I received has an anti theft ring attached. so I can secure it to the power pedestal. Can't go wrong with the Progressive EMS and the lifetime warranty was a major reason to choose it.[emoticon]

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pianotuna wrote:

I chose an autoformer instead of a surge device, so that voltage may be corrected.

Why? Because the main cause of damage is low voltage, and the current popular surge devices disconnect at a voltage that may cause damage.


I use both. pedestal/autoformer/PI EMS/trailer


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