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Old 08-15-2015, 09:05 PM   #1
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Electrical Protection

A friend of mine told me it would be a good idea to get a surge protector and voltage regulator to protect all of my electrical devices. He just purchased Technology Research 34850 Portable Surge Guard and TR's 10175 Voltage Regulator. I know that Progressive and Autoformer make similar products and was wondering what the forum thought about the ideal set up to protect our homes. It's a several hundred dollar purchase, want to get this right You would think that when you bought a Redwood that there would be some surge protection built in and you wouldn't need it. Any help would be great, thank you!
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Old 08-15-2015, 09:25 PM   #2
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I use the Progressive Industries portable. About $400. Consider it cheap insurance as we have quite a bit of extra electronic equipment on board.
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Old 08-15-2015, 10:21 PM   #3
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Does it cut your power off very much where you would need the voltage regulator to kick in? I was thinking about Progressive's Electric Management System, which might be what you have, but was wondering if later down the road if I did get a voltage regulator if the EMS would cut power to the regulator and keep it from doing its job boosting or reducing the current.
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Old 08-15-2015, 10:24 PM   #4
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We have the Progressive Industries portable as well. Very happy with it.
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Old 08-15-2015, 10:37 PM   #5
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The Progressive unit monitors line voltage and if it goes too high or too low will kill power to the coach before it does damage to coach electronics. When it does this, it starts the 2 minute check cycle again before it resets. I don't see any need for a regulator with using it.
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Old 08-16-2015, 12:34 AM   #6
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We also have the Progressive portable and it has saved us many times, especially in some of the State Parks.
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Old 08-16-2015, 12:36 AM   #7
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We've had the Progressive Hardwired unit with remote display in both of our RWs. Had a portable prior, but was worried we might forget it or it might develop feet and walk away.
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Been using the portable also. I would highly recommend using one as we fried the 1st one at a small/old park, which saved our equipment & the park a lot of $$ replacing that equipment.
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Old 08-16-2015, 05:35 PM   #9
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Sounds like no one uses a voltage regulator to keep their voltage boosted and I shouldn't worry about it Doesn't hurt my feelings, wasn't looking forward to dropping $600 on it. Most of you are using a portable unit like Progressive Industries RV Surge and Electrical Protection industry lea or the hardwired version.

I'm new to RVing, and found myself full-time chasing work around the country with more than a few questions. You're comments are very helpful, thank you!
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Old 08-16-2015, 08:02 PM   #10
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Yep, that is what we have too, I still work fulltime and we move around the country about every 2 weeks, have not had a issue with power levels in 4 years of fulltiming.
I do have a volt meter plugged into a wall outlet to keep a eye on the voltage level, especially during the busy summer season when parks are full and everybody is running their A/C units hard.
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