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Dernhelm

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Posted: 02/17/22 12:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi folks - hope this is the right forum for this?

I have a 30A surge protector. This weekend while it was in use the power company (not the campground) did a power failure. I started hearing arcing from the box and beeping from the rig so I went to turn everything off - but the cheap s*** Regional Park didn't have circuit breakers. When the power came back on and I left the next day, I found that one of the posts on my surge protector is all scorched looking.

Do I need to replace it? Or do I just sand off the scorching?

BTW,it did its job and none of the rig was damaged.


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It worked if you have no damage! Yes, I’d replace mine if in your situation. Your experience is why I don’t plug in much. What brand and model please?


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And some parks now forbid the use of autoformers. RVer isn’t getting what he/she paid for…safe power…and can’t make it safe for their RV.

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Your SP is resettable after a surge?

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Dernhelm wrote:

Hi folks - hope this is the right forum for this?

I have a 30A surge protector. This weekend while it was in use the power company (not the campground) did a power failure. I started hearing arcing from the box and beeping from the rig so I went to turn everything off - but the cheap s*** Regional Park didn't have circuit breakers. When the power came back on and I left the next day, I found that one of the posts on my surge protector is all scorched looking.

Do I need to replace it? Or do I just sand off the scorching?

BTW,it did its job and none of the rig was damaged.
That's the important part, that's why we have them. I would think you need to have it tested, just to be sure it'll do it's job again.


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I would certainly NOT trust that surge protector with a scorched post. No telling what damage was done in the cable or inside the unit. I'd replace it. NOTE: If you had had a Progressive Industries EMS unit, it would be covered by their Lifetime warranty...... just saying....


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Yes, definitely replace it.

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Which Surge device do you have? (make and model)


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Posted: 02/18/22 12:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lwiddis wrote:

And some parks now forbid the use of autoformers. RVer isn’t getting what he/she paid for…safe power…and can’t make it safe for their RV.


Never came across a park that prohibits them. I'm betting most parks, the staff don't even know what they are.

More importantly, it's not relevant to the OP's question as he was dealing with a surge protector issue.

To the OP: yes, time to get a new one. It did it's job

* This post was edited 02/18/22 03:23am by valhalla360 *


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Which brand protector?

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