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> Surge Supressor, to use or not to use, that is the question
do you use a surge supressor?
yes or no
yes [ 16 ] ** [55.17%]
no [ 13 ] ** [44.83%]
Total Votes: 29
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pianotuna
post Aug 17 2011, 08:55 PM
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Hi all,

My second attempt at a poll on this question.


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post Aug 18 2011, 01:34 PM
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It amazes me the # of people I see in my travels that don't use them. I don't hook up without my 'Surge Guard'. They are not cheap, but are a heckuva lot cheaper then replacing circuit boards!!! wink.gif
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post Aug 18 2011, 05:18 PM
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I spent a little extra and have the ability to lock mine to the cable as they are easily stolen in the middle of the night. My Surgeguard 50 AMP also a 2 minute sytem check when you first turn it on. I have used it hundreds of times so it only works out to be a little each time, but it only takes once to ruin the electronics on your coach. I used to check the pedestal out each time with an electronic tester, but that only tells you at that moment and offers no protection.


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post Aug 18 2011, 05:56 PM
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QUOTE(Lindsay Richards @ Aug 18 2011, 06:18 PM) *

I spent a little extra and have the ability to lock mine to the cable as they are easily stolen in the middle of the night. My Surgeguard 50 AMP also a 2 minute sytem check when you first turn it on. I have used it hundreds of times so it only works out to be a little each time, but it only takes once to ruin the electronics on your coach. I used to check the pedestal out each time with an electronic tester, but that only tells you at that moment and offers no protection.


Lindsey - How did you "lock" it to the cable?
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post Aug 19 2011, 06:25 PM
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Need a third answer:

Yes, if the post allows one.

I've been at posts where they didn't fit.

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post Aug 19 2011, 06:41 PM
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QUOTE(chowhound @ Aug 18 2011, 07:56 PM) *

Lindsey - How did you "lock" it to the cable?



They have a hasp. Check link below. My hasp is an older model and not this nice, but it would keep a thief away for sure. It connects the cable plug to the surge protector. See link.

http://surgeguard.com/lock_hasps.html


I have run into several pedestals that have been too low for my surge protector to be used.


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post Aug 19 2011, 11:30 PM
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Thanks Lindsey, I will add it to my shopping list.
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post Aug 21 2011, 12:08 PM
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Have had ours for almost 7 years. Have been to three parks that had electric problems and was glad we had it. It kicked out at each one of these.

We don't have a lock on ours. No one has stolen it yet.
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post Aug 25 2011, 10:56 AM
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Hi,

It is interesting that there have been 372 views--but only 20 votes. Can I assume the non voters are not surge suppressor owners?


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post Aug 25 2011, 12:53 PM
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I think a better assumption is that they just didn't want to vote.
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post Aug 25 2011, 12:59 PM
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Hard to tell by looking around in a campground because many high end coaches come with it prewired at the inboard end of the cable.


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post Aug 26 2011, 11:27 AM
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Three years ago my son lost his converter due to a lightning storm. I wasn't using a surge suppresor then, but I bought two (one for me and one for my son) so I might be better protected. I figured with all my camping I had been pretty lucky not to have had any problems. What I had been doing was checking out the electrical post for any problems, but that is not going to protect you from an electrical surge or spike. Even now I think the next step should be a voltage regulator. I have been using a voltmeter for questionable electrical sources. That certainly helped me in Baja California where I ended up not trusting any of the rv parks electrical. Now if someone would only put out a combination box that had everything needed for electrical protection.
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