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Old 02-10-2009
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I hear ya Bill. It certainly looks like everything depends on what genny and other electrical gear you have. Thanks for the additional info.
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I had mine wired for shore and genny. It wreaked havoc with the genny running. Lile Rob, I cahnged mine to shore only and it works like a dream. I had a portable for a couple of years before but tired of lugging it out to the pedestal all the time.
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For those that had trouble feeding the generator through the surge protector can anyone elaborate?

The logical best place to wire the surge protector in is the output of the transfer switch but if the generator needs to be bypassed, where do you wire it in?

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Gary I hooked the surge protector to the three wire shore power cable just before it entered the transfer switch. The path was.....shore power to HW50C and then to transfer switch.
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I contacted Tweety's to see if they would still honor the group price. They responded;

What model and what price?

I told them I wanted one and if they reoffered they probably would get a few more orders.

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Thanks for the good advise about the portable and built in protectors.
I now know where to order one. But my problem is, I am leaving in a couple of days and don't have time to receive a shipment.
Does any one have advise about what I can do in the meantime to protect coach/computer etc from surges?
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It won't hurt at all to buy a decent surge protector specifically for your computer equipment.

That will keep you protected against 'surges'. As for other potential problems such as brownouts (low power) or high power, a surge protector will not protect against those. Your volt meter is your best friend in that regard.

A UPS would be much better for a computer, because it protects against surges as well as low/high power situations. Personally, this would be my recommendation.

The disadvantage to a UPS is that it won't play well with most inverters.

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Thank you Robert


A volt meter and a good surge protector it is!
Until I can learn more and become better equipped.
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Not a problem. Glad to help.

When you get your surge protector, plan on spending around $20-30 for a good unit. Don't get the cheapest on the shelf!

Look for one that has a 'protection' light on it. That light illuminates when the protector is functioning properly. Surge protectors have a finite lifespan. They essentially 'die' protecting your equipment. When the light stops illuminating, it's time to replace the unit.

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Suska:

John Finn (iamflagman) has posted a good "primer" on electrical issues and particularly checking campground power. http://www.myrv.us/electric/ . Good reading for everyone.

Good travels and be safe. I think I would like to go to Cape Cod, but would prefer to wait until July or August.
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