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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Why You Should Consider RV Surge Protection

RV Surge Protection
A powerful lightning strike in the grand canyon
Let's face it, the likely hood of your RV getting hit by lightning is pretty slim and not the main reason you should consider getting an RV surge protector.  Depending on the entry point of the lightning a surge protector may not even save many of those high end electronics.  Now it's not to say that you won't have a run in with mother nature, just ask Andy Baird (Zapped), but the reality is that the power you plug your RV into will pose a much bigger threat than lightning ever will.
Unreliable Campground Power
There are many reasons why you should approach a campgrounds power pedestal with caution. Plain and simple most smaller campgrounds just don't have the money to upgrade their infrastructure to handle the demands of today's power hungry RV's.  Combine that with sometimes inexperienced help do maintenance and a plugging in could end in disaster. That's why we always recommend the full featured RV surge protectors when customers ask for advice.  If you read Andy's blog you can see that if you do run into electrical issues, the expense and hassle to correct them far out ways the cost of a full featured surge protector. 
Full Protection
When we mention full protection, what exactly are we talking about?  So there are a number electrical issues that are just waiting to attack your RV, they include:
  • High / low voltage protection: Whenever source power falls below 104 Volts, or rise above 132 volts the surge protector automatically shut down power to the RV. 
  • Surge protection: This feature provides full surge protection.
  • Reverse polarity protection: If source power is a reverse polarity condition, the system will not allow power to the RV.
  • Open neutral protection: If the source has an open neutral condition the system will not allow power to the RV.
  • Open ground protection: If source power has an open ground condition the system will not allow power to the RV.
  • AC Frequency Protection: If source power frequency deviants +/- 9 hertz from 60 cycles per second the system will shut down power.
  • Accidental 220V protection: If 220 volts are detected when plugging into source power the system will not allow power to the RV.
Eliminate Certain Repair Costs
Many RV's now have multiple televisions, DVD's and Blu-Ray players. They may also take a laptop computer with them or use smartphones that need to be plugged in to charge. In addition to these electronics, your refrigerator, air conditioner and lights all work on electricity when you are plugged in at a campground. If you don't use a surge protector, any of these elements could be damaged, needing repair or replacement.
Full featured RV surge protectors will keep your RV safe in the face of unreliable campground power, saving you from costly repairs or insurance deductibles. Protecting the electrical items in your RV will ensure everything works well when you need it and help you protect your investment.
If you are looking for quality RV surge protection, contact us. We are your source for all RV accessories.

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