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SpeakEasy

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Posted: 08/18/20 10:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you only had $200 or $300 available, would you spend it on an EMS/Surge Protector or on a Tire Pressure Monitoring System? Which would you consider the higher priority?

Bonus points if you give an opinion on which specific product you would buy (manufacturer and product number).

Extra bonus points if you explain why you are giving the answers you are giving.

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Posted: 08/18/20 10:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

EMS
(Bonus) Progressive Industries
(Extra Bonus) EMS has spike, high voltage & low voltage protection. This reduces potential hits on electronics. It prevents low voltage heat burn out, which reduces the life of things like ACs.

* This post was edited 08/18/20 10:39am by AllegroD *

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You may get by for under $300 for either of those items, depending.

All things considered, I think your chances of having tire problems are much greater than surges. We get reports on here all the time of peeps going 20 years sans surge protection, but almost everyone has had tire problems. You can always dry camp, but you have to drive on tires.

I have Eeztire with 6 sensors. More than $300.

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Posted: 08/18/20 10:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Since I dry camp 98% of the time, tire pressure system.


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I think it would depend on your current tires. How old are they? Are they one of the more reliable brands that are not considered "China Bombs"? If your tires meet the reliability test, I would go with the EMS and purchase the TPMS as soon as possible.
I'm partial to Progrssive Ind. for EMS and Goodyear Endurance or Maxxis for ST Tires, and TST for a TPMS.


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Posted: 08/18/20 11:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One might save your butt, the other might save the cheap junk electronics in the RV. A voltmeter can save your air conditioner.





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Good DIY surge protection is to unplug during a lightning storm.

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Yep 2oldman

I've seen images of totalled RVs because of tire blowouts. If a rig is a promiscuous Power Pole Princess, then a power management system may become more important. Wilderness camping it becomes a moot point. Hauling a Park Place Palace risks more electronics but it won't risk your life.

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MEXICOWANDERER wrote:

promiscuous Power Pole Princess
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I have both systems and , touch wood, I haven’t had any tire problems, but I found my PG surge unit has done its job a few times with electrical issues. When you can afford it get both.

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