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What is a surge protector?
“A surge protector (or surge suppressor or surge diverter) is an appliance or device designed to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes. A surge protector attempts to limit the voltage supplied to an electric device by either blocking or shorting to ground any unwanted voltages above a safe threshold”
How to pick the proper surge protector for your RV.
- Size – 1st you need to determine what your AMP rating is. The type of surge protector will usually be determined by the kind of power your using when you plug-in your rv. For example 12 volt DC, 30 amp or 50 amp.
- Rating – 3 types
Type 1 will plug into the power pedestal at the campsite. It’s been programmed to give protection against large surges like lighting strikes. What it won’t give protection against is shifting voltage conditions or fault wiring. But basic surge protectors are better than nothing.
Type 2 will are programmed to alert you to faulty wiring. This is the next step up from the model above. Although they don’t have this model available to detect shifting voltage they do come in 30 and 50 amps.
Type 3 protects rv’s against all the conditions listed above. It’s the best type out there. They are more of an investment but they are definitely worth the money.
Below are reviews from www.wheelarea.com on the top 5 best types of rv surge protectors on the market. And the pro’s and con’s to each type of device.
Progressive Industries EMS-PT30C Portable EMS RV Surge Protector Review
Progressive Industries SSP30 Smart Surge Review
Technology Research 44270 Surge Guard 50 Amp Surge Protector Review
Progressive Industries EMS-HW50C Portable Electrical Management System Review
Technology Research (34520-002) 120 Volt 30 Amp Hardwire Surge Guard Review
If you want to compare some other RV surge protectors you can visit RV Upgrades Store online as well. It has alot of helpful comparison information.
The one we wound up going with is the Progressive Industries EMS-PT50C Portable EMS RV Surge Protector – 50 Amp We also bought a bike lock off Amazon to go around it so it can’t be stolen. Here is a photo of our setup. The surge protector linked above is a bit different that the one we have but it’s comparable to what we bought. Apparently they don’t sell those exact models on Amazon anymore.
So what is your setup like? Do you even have a setup? Have you tried something other than these listed above and it worked well for you? If so please share your experience in a comment down below.