Surge Protector: Do you REALLY need one?

Do I need a surge protector for my RV?

There are a lot of gadgets and gizmos that you can buy to make your camping life a little easier, but when you get down to the basics, what do you really need? We get this question a lot, especially about surge protectors. Here we try to break down and simplify what a surge protector is, and why you need one.

electricity-clipart-cartoon-1How does a surge protector work?

  • When there is a power surge or drop in the power supply, the surge protector will come into play and protect your RV from damage to its electrical system and components.
  •  Surge protectors check the incoming power source for line voltage error, over current, reversed line and neutral, and missing ground.
  • Surge protectors plug into the outlet of the power source. Then, you plug your RV’s cable into the surge protector. The surge protector then acts as a buffer between your RV and the power that is coming out of the electrical outlet.

Here’s why you need one….

You researched which camper was right for you, made the purchase, and probably even looked into or purchased a lock. Be sure you are also protecting your RV every time you hook up to power! Buying an RV is not cheap and you want to protect your investment. A surge protector is going to provide basic protection to your RV’s electrical system and appliances such as your air conditioner, refrigerator and more.

All surge protectors are not created equal!

Be sure to ask the parts store if it protects again voltage highs AND lows, which are equally dangerous. Does it have an automatic shut off?


s-l300Power Watchdog and Progressive Industries are both great brands that you can trust to protect your camper from electrical damage at the campsite. Questions about surge protectors, or which one is right for your RV? Call our parts department at (512) 251-4536, we would love to help you out!

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