As an RV'er you spend a lot of time deciding what goes into your motorhome or camper. You choose whether the 32" or 27" flat screen gets to travel along and if the microwave or toaster oven makes more sense for the trip. You even decide if your husband or wife can come along :-)
So why allow someone else to have control over the electricity entering your RV?
One of the risks of any campground is the quality of electricity provided. There are many different factors that can influence the power flow including how many other RVs are plugged in, weather conditions, old wiring and more. With surge protection, you have the ability to control the quality of electricity coming into your RV.
So What Exactly Does A Surge Protector Do?
Surge protectors will offer different features depending on what you are looking for but at the very basic level, they prevent voltage spikes from damaging your equipment. A voltage spike is a very fast, short duration of electrical current or voltage to the electrical system. Poorly maintained campground power outlets, lightning strikes or a mis-wired power pedestals can all cause uneven power flow to your RV.
Many upgraded surge protectors will also offer over/under voltage protection which is important in saving your equipment. For example, on a hot day when everybody has their air conditioning on, the voltage can drop dangerously low and result in a brown out. Anything above or below the UL standard of 102 to 132 volts is potentially harmful.
What Should I Look For When Buying A Surge Protector?
The choice of features and different protection options will depend on what makes sense for your RV, the campgrounds you go to and your own personal taste. Here are a few of the many features offered:
- Portable or Hardwire: Would you rather have your surge protector built into your RV or would you rather plug it in every time?
- Protection Rating: This will be measured in Joules, which is a unit for energy. The higher the number, the bigger the spike it can safely handle.
- Unit Size: Here you are looking at Amp rating which corresponds to the type of power when plugging in your RV.
At RVupgrades.com, we know RV Surge Protection, and can help you choose exactly the right one for your RV. Feel free to contact us any time for more information.