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  • What is Difference Between 30 amp Surge Protectors from Hughes Autoformers
  • Between the two 30 amp surge protectors you are looking at the # HU97FR and the # HU67FR the difference is tha the # HU67FR has an emergency shut off for the power to the RV that will stop any power from getting to the RV if the power falls above or below a specific range whereas the # HU97FR just works to prevent surges from making their way to the RV but does not totally shut off power if there's something out of range.
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  • Watchdog Surge Protector Compatibility With Generator Use
  • The Hardwired Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth and Emergency Shut Down - 50 Amp Item # HU27FR is compatible with generator use. One thing you will have to note is that some generators have a ‘floating neutral’. This might cause the Power Watchdog EPO surge protectors or any other EMS surge protector to give you an ‘open ground’ or ‘open neutral’ error code and prevent power from going into your RV. If this is the case with your generator you can resolve this by plugging the...
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  • Warranty of Hughes Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector With Bluetooth
  • I checked with the manufacturer, Hughes, for you, and found that there is a lifetime warranty for the Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth 30 Amp # HU67FR and 50 Amp # HU87FR. I have added a link below to a video review for you to check out as well if you'd like to take a look.
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  • Can the Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth Be Reset
  • The Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth part # HU97FR can be reused after being tripped. That said, you will need to replace the surge module first (Replacement Surge Module for Power Watchdog Surge Protector part # HU48FR).
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  • Recommended Theft Protection For A Watchdog Surge Protector
  • To prevent theft of your Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth # HU97FR you can run the Master Lock Python Cable Lock # 8419DPF through the metal holder on the cable (pictured below) and around the power pedestal.
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  • Product Comparison Between The Hughes Autoformers Watchdog And Watchdog Portable.
  • The Hardwired Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth and Emergency Shut Down - 50 Amp Item # HU27FR has to be hardwired and the Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth and Emergency Shut Down - 50 Amp Item # HU87FR is just a plug-and-play connection. So the portable one is just easier to use than the regular.
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  • Can I Use the Hughes Autoformer and Power Watchdog Together
  • Yes. Using the Hughes Autoformer Voltage Booster with Surge Protection - 50 Amp # HU57FR and the Hardwired Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth and Emergency Shut Down - 50 Amp # HU27FR together is possible and provides an extra layer of surge protection for your electrical system. You'll want to make sure that you've installed the Autoformer # HU57FR in front of the Watchdog to allow for the full boost to be utilized and not let the Watchdog interfere with anything.
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  • Can the Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth Be Used With a Generator
  • Yes, the Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth, # HU47FR, for 50 amp and the 30 Amp version, # HU97FR can be used with a generator. However, many generators (portable) have a floating ground/neutral. If you do have a floating neutral generator then you will also need the Hughes Autoformers Ground Neutral Bonded Plug for Generators, # HU33FR to bond the neutral and ground thus preventing an open ground or open neutral error fault to occur.
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  • Does 50 Amp Surge Protector Offer More Protection than 30 Amp Surge Protector?
  • The Hughes Autoformers are certainly the deluxe of all the power protection products. On top of all the low-voltage, high-voltage, Mis-wiring protections they offer - the hardwired units offer protection from thieves! This unit goes inside your coach instead of hanging from the outdoor post. However, buying a 50-amp unit offers no more protection than a 30-amp unit IF your coach or trailer only connects to 30-amps. If your camper only plugs into 30 amp then you should purchase the...
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  • Boosting Voltage with Hughes Autoformers Voltage Booster with Surge Protection
  • The purpose of the Hughes Autoformers Voltage Booster with Surge Protection - 30 Amp, # HU24FR is not to continually boost 15 amp service to 30. For 30 amp service at your house you simply need to run a 30 amp line with a properly matched receptacle. The Hughes Autoformers, # HU24FR is designed to address voltage drops during periods of heavy draw from the supply, i.e. you are connected to a pedestal supply at a state park or private campground and so are a lot of others and everyone has...
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  • How Can I Power My Camper From a Generator With the Hard Wired Watchdog Surge Protector?
  • As I am not sure of your specific camper there are a couple options to check out. First the Hughes Autoformers Ground Neutral Bonded Plug for Generators # HU33FR is designed to allow you to plug into your generator without causing the Power Watchdog Surge Protector # HU27FR to fault. The plug inserts into an unused outlet on your generator to create a neutral to ground bond. If your generator is an onboard unit that is hardwired to the camper you will want to install the surge protector...
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  • Weather Rating For Hughes Auto Former Voltage Booster
  • The Hughes Autoformers Voltage Booster with Surge Protection - 30 Amp # HU24FR has a NEMA rated plug at TT-30P. The enclosure box is weather resistant but not water-proof, it can not be submerged in liquid or left out in heavy rain or water will penetrate the enclosure. When speaking with Hughes Autoformers they informed me that the enclosure is not NEMA rated yet. So I recommend getting the Hughes Autoformers Rain Cover for 30-Amp Voltage Boosters # HU78FR, just to be safe.
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  • Hughes Autoformers Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector use with Generator
  • Yes, the Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth - 30 Amp, # HU97FR can be used with generators however, many generators (portable) have a floating ground/neutral; so you will want to determine this with yours as you may need an added item. If you do have a floating neutral generator then to use this EPO (emergency power off) you will also need the Hughes Autoformers Ground Neutral Bonded Plug for Generators, # HU33FR you will need this item to bond the neutral and ground.
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  • Recommended RV Surge Protector And Power Cable Adapter For A 30 Amp RV In 50 Amp Service
  • When it comes to surge protectors for an RV you'll always use a surge protector that matches the amperage of the Rv's system. So you would need a 30 amp surge protector like the Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth # HU97FR. This Power Watchdog will not only protector your RV from electronics safe from power spikes but will also alert you if there are any other problems. You can use the free smartphone app to monitor your system and get notified if low or high voltage is detected. Since...
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  • Can Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector be Locked to RV Power Pedestal
  • In general you just plug the Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector # HU87FR into the power pedestal of your RV park. If you were worried about theft you could use a cable lock like the Master Lock Python Cable Lock part # 8419DPF to lock it to the pedestal. The cable is adjustable in length so it would be easy to tighten it to the pedestal after running it through the handle.
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  • Can Ends of Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector be Cut Off and Hardwired to Trailer Wiring
  • You can cut the wires of the Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector # PWD50-EPO and splice them together using a terminal block but my contact at Hughes Autoformers mentioned this will void the warranty so you'll want to just connect it per the instructions or return the portable version and get the Hardwired Power Watchdog Surge Protector # HU27FR like you initially planned to do so you remain under your warranty.
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  • Circuit Protector for RV That Protects Against High and Low Voltage 30 Amp
  • The Camco RV Power Defender Circuit Analyzer # CAM55312 does not protect against low voltage, but there is a similar product that does both low voltage and surge protection. It is the Camco RV Power Defender Voltage Monitor # CAM55301. It disconnects power in a dangerous voltage situation and will reconnect when voltage gets to the 102 to 132 volt safe range.
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  • Can Power Watchdog HU47FR Protect Against Dirty Sine Waves
  • If the dirty sine wave ends up being an amperage or voltage spike yes the Power Watchdog Surge Protector # HU47FR will protect against it.
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  • Troubleshooting An E9 Error Code On A Power Watchdog Surge Protector
  • The E9 error code on your Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector # HU87FR is a warning telling you that the surge absorption board is used up and will need to be replaced. It will still allow power to pass through but it won't protect you in the event of a surge. You can replace the surge absorption board with the Replacement Surge Module # HU58FR. I've attached a video to help you with the installation of the new surge absorption board.
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  • Surge Protector for 50 amp Service Used With 30 amp Service
  • No problem, you want to match your surge protector to the rating of your service. So for your 50 amp service RV, you will want to use the Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth and Emergency Shut Down - 50 Amp, # HU87FR. This surge protector prevents damage to your RV from power spikes and sustained high or low voltage and when needed to be used with a 30 amp service, use the Mighty Cord RV Power Cord Adapter Plug - 50 Amp Female to 30 Amp Male, # A10-3050AVP. Or the Mighty...
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  • Recommended Surge Protector For A 50 Amp Generator
  • If your generator is producing 50amp power then yes, you could use the Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth # HU47FR for extra surge protection for your sensitive electronics. That being said 50amp service isn't enough to power everything in a residential setting. You'll have to prioritize what you want to power and flip off the breakers for non-essential items.
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  • How Does Power Watchdog part # HU27FR Let You Know Something is Wrong with RV
  • The Power Watchdog part # HU27FR does not have a shut off switch but it does have error codes it will display on the unit as well as will send your phone messages with error info as well if for whatever reason it has to shut down the power to your RV. Also...if there's a problem the dog's face on the unit will go from white to RED.
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  • Using 50 Amp Power Watchdog Surge Protector With 30 Amp Service
  • That is not a problem, you can use Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth, # HU47FR for a 50 Amp service and an adapter such as the Mighty Cord RV Power Cord Adapter Plug for 50 Amp Female to 30 Amp Male, # A10-3050AVP when needed. You want to match your surge protector to the rating of your TT's service for preventing damage to your electrical system from power spikes.
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  • Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector Compatibility with Adapters
  • The Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth and Emergency Shut Down, # HU87FR has a 50 Amp rating. This is compatible with dog bone cables. If you use this with an adapter connecting to 30 amp service you will still have the rated protection.
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  • Warranty Info for Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth and Emergency Shut Down
  • The etrailer inventory of the Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth and Emergency Shut Down - 50 Amp, # HU87FR is the current model available. This comes with a 3-Year limited warranty. Other sites word their warranty as "Limited Lifetime". But yes, this is the same model.
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  • Can You Dim The Light On The Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector
  • Thanks for coming and asking about the power watchdog. **Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth and Emergency Shut Down - 50 Amp # HU87FR. Yes the light on the face of the surge protector can be considered very bright to some users. I have a solution for you. Some users have simply taped over it or wrapped some kind of cover over it. There is an option if you don't want to do that though. Hughes Autoformer makes a light dimmer screen cover for these units. We do...
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  • How Does Hardwired Power Watchdo Surge Protector Test without RV Connected if Hardwired
  • You could switch off your RV's breaker box so that when you plug in to the RV power source the Hardwired Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth and Emergency Shut Down # HU77FR could get a reading without risking running any power your RV.
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  • Can Power Watchdog Surge Protector # HU47FR be Used at Private Residence
  • Yes the Power Watchdog Surge Protector # HU47FR would work great when connected to power at a private property residence. Basically it protects the RV from any power source it's plugged into whether it happens to be at a campground or at a residence. Not a dumb question at all. The power sources essentially are the same for campgrounds and houses though so it's a good idea for either setup.
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  • What is the Range of the Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector w/Bluetooth
  • The Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth and Emergency Shut Down - 50 Amp # HU87FR has a Bluetooth 4.2 module with an maximum range of roughly 100ft; this will be limited by your surroundings and the phone software, so that might decrease that range from that 100ft. Ideally, you'll have a clear line of sight to the unit in most cases to provide you the optimal monitoring of your power. I will note that this unit is also compatible with an RV Whisper monitor system,...
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  • Will The 50amp Hughes Autoformer Voltage Booster/Surge Protector Work On 30amp Service Pedestals
  • Since you're using a 30amp pedestal the Hughes Autoformer Voltage Booster with Surge Protection - 50 Amp # HU57FR isn't going to boost that power to 50amp. The booster is meant to give you steady service so that you don't experience a voltage drop. For example if it's the middle of August and everyone at the campground has their AC units kick on at the same time it could pull too much from the campground and you and others would experience a voltage drop and surge which could potentially...
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  • Does 50A Power Watchdog Portable Surge Protector Come with Twist Lock Connection
  • The 50A Power Watchdog Portable Surge Protector # HU47FR only comes with the standard connectors but if you want to be able to use twist lock connectors you can use the Hardwired Version # HU27FR instead and use a twist lock connection from your trailer to the pedestal. This gives you the same functionality as the portable one aside from being able to seamlessly move it from one trailer to another. Attached are review videos for you to check out.
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  • Picking The Correct Surge Protector For Your RV
  • Watchdog surge protectors like the Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth - 50 Amp Item # HU47FR will need to match your camper amperage to properly function. The adapter from 50 amp to 30 amp will go between the surge protector and the power pedestal and you should have no issues. If you need a new 50 amp to 30 amp adapter I recommend the Power Grip RV Power Cord Adapter w/ Handles - 125V - 50 Amp Female to 30 Amp Male Item # CAM55185. The built-in handles on the each...
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  • Power Watchdog Bypass Or Standby Mode Possibilities
  • I spoke with Hughes Autoformers, and they confirmed that the Power Watchdog Surge Protector # HU27FR is not available to be bypassed or put into standby mode.
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  • Is the Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector # HU87FR Same As PWD50-EPO
  • Yes the Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth and Emergency Shut Down # HU87FR is the same as the PWD50-EPO.
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  • What Is The Difference Between Hughes HU97FR Surge Protector And PWD30?
  • The Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth - 30 Amp # HU97FR and the PWD30 are the same item. # HU97FR is an Etrailer.com part number. I have also put in two links for the product review to further assist you.
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  • Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector Used From Generator to Fixed Structure
  • Yes, the Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth and Emergency Shut Down, # HU67FR, can be successfully used from generator connection to RV or fixed structure with transfer switch as long as all wiring of transfer switch for power grid is adhered to for safety.
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  • Could Hughes Autoformer # HU57FR be Hardwired
  • Since Hughes Autoformers does not have a version of the Hughes Autoformer Voltage Booster with Surge Protection # HU57FR that was setup for hardwiring you'd have to drill out the rivets on top of the unit to remove the lid so that you could access the wiring that leads to the connectors on either side for wiring it.
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  • High and Low Voltage Operation of Hughes Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth
  • The Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth, # HU97FR is a 30 amp surge protector that has a free Smartphone app for iOS and Android. It will connect via Bluetooth to monitor your volts, amps, and watts in real time to keep an eye on your power draw and provide push notification when voltage is outside of acceptable, customizable ranges. It does not allow you to disconnect remotely. But if an unsafe power reading is detected it will automatically shut down the input power to protect...
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  • Are Campers Supposed To Use 120Volt or 240Volt Connections?
  • Campers with either 30-amp or 50-amp connections are all going to be 120 volt. The connectors they use can be wired for either 120 volt power or 240 volt power which is why you see several people damage their campers as they try and plug into an outlet in their home that was designed for either a dryer or welder that uses 240 volt power. It gets really confusing with 50-amp campers as they use 2 separate hot plugs with 120 volt power and then they combine the neutral wires which is...
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  • Using the Power Watchdog # HU87FR and the Hughes Autoformers Voltage Boost # HU57FR Together
  • Yes! You can definitely use the Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector # HU87FR with the Hughes Autoformers Voltage Booster # HU57FR. Doing so will add an extra layer of protection to your electrical setup. It is important to make sure that you hook up the Autoformer in front of the Watchdog in order to receive the benefit of the extra boost and to eliminate the possibility of interference from the Watchdog.
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  • Comparing the Camco RV Power Defender Circuit Analyzer and Voltage Protector
  • The Camco RV Power Defender Circuit Analyzer part # CAM55313 and Camco RV Power Defender Voltage Protector part # CAM55306 are similar in that they both work to protect the trailer from power surges and have diagnostic lights to help with troubleshooting. However, the Voltage Protector goes a bit beyond this as the voltage detection system is much more sophisticated sensing both high and low voltages in addition to surges. The Circuit Analyzer can only detects power surges, not high and...
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  • Hughes Autoformers Voltage Booster with Surge Protection Installation
  • Since you'll be hooking up to 30amp service you'll want the Hughes Autoformers Voltage Booster with Surge Protection - 30 Amp Item # HU24FR and use a Power Grip RV Power Cord Adapter w/ Handles - 125V - 50 Amp Female to 30 Amp Male Item # CAM55185 to adapt it to the 50amp hookup on your camper. These boosters aren't meant to boost up the power to let you use 50amp service on a 30amp source. They are more for handling voltage drops when the campsite's system is being drawn on by too...
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  • How Much is the Replacement Surge Module For the Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector
  • The correct replacement surge module for the Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector part # HU67FR is the Replacement Surge Module for Power Watchdog Surge Protector part # HU98FR. The price is shown on the product page.
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  • Choosing The Correct Watchdog Surge Protector For Your RV
  • When purchasing a Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth - 30 Amp Item # HU97FR you want to match the amperage of your RV so since yours is 30 amp you won't want the 50 amp surge protector. You'll plug your 30 amp trailer cable to the # HU97FR and then hook it to a 30 amp to 50 amp adapter like the Mighty Cord RV Power Cord Adapter - 30 Amp Female to 50 Amp Male - 12" Long Item # A10-5030FHVP and then hook that to the 50 amp power pedestal.
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  • Can the Camco RV Power Defender Be Used on a 220v Plug with 50amps
  • I checked with my tech contact over at Camco and they assured me that there wouldn't be an issue when using the Camco RV Power Defender Circuit Analyzer Dogbone - 125V - 50 Amp # CAM55313 on a 220v breaker as long as it is designed for 50amp service. This unit will operate normally in this scenario.
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  • Does Camco RV Power Defender Voltage Analyzer # CAM55310 Have Internal Breaker
  • The Camco RV Power Defender Voltage Analyzer # CAM55310 that you referenced has an internal breaker that will automatically reset. You wouldn't need to reset it manually.
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  • Using a 30 Amp Power Watchdog Surge Protector With 50 Amp Service
  • Any surge protector should be matched to the service of the RV. Such as the 30 Amp Power Watchdog Surge Protector, # HU97FR or the 50 Amp version of, # HU47FR. You can use an adapter such as the Mighty Cord RV Power Cord Adapter Plug for 50 Amp Female to 30 Amp Male, # A10-3050AVP to use a 50 Amp surge protector with a 30 Amp power pedestal, but you cannot use a 50 Amp power pedestal to a 30 Amp service RV or surge protector.
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  • Power Watchdog Hardwire Surge Suppressor UL or ETL rated?
  • I reached out to Hughes regarding the # HU27FR Surge Suppressor and they are not UL or ETL rated at this time. Right now (2021) they are being tested for CSA (Canada) safety. My personal opinion is this is the best protection you can buy. It is loaded with features, has a limited lifetime warranty, and is the only device that has a user replaceable surge module - the key to long life protection.
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  • What Parameters Should I Use on the Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector
  • The Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth - 30 Amp # HU97FR allows you to watch for surges while connected to a parks shore power. The acceptable power range is between 104 volts - 132 volts. I would set your parameters slightly above the floor of 104 on the low end and slightly under the ceiling of 132 on the high end. This gives you a small buffer gap before you are outside of the acceptable limits.
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  • Comparing Camco RV Circuit Analyzer and Voltage Protector for 30 Amp Service
  • In simplest terms, the Camco RV Power Defender Circuit Analyzer part # CAM55310 acts as a fuse and the Camco RV Power Defender Voltage Protector part # CAM55301 acts as an auto-resetting circuit breaker. Therefore, if the fuse blows it will need to be replaced but if the circuit breaker trips it will go back to functioning as normal once the fault is corrected.
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  • Can 30 Amp Surge Protection be Used on 50 Amp Service
  • You'll want to run the amount of amperage of circuit protection that your camper would need. If your RV was designed for 50 amp power and you were using a 30 amp power supply your 50 amp protection would prevent anything from surging over 50 amps. Which probably would be fine but it would not protect spikes above 30 like what the part # HU97FR was designed for.
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  • Does Using Extension Cord with RV Surge Protection Require Using Additional Surge Protection
  • The Surge Protectors like the # HU87FR are designed to protect the RV's wiring and electronics so if your RV uses 50 amp power there would be no need to run additional surge protection beyond that.
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  • Can Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector # HU67FR Plug into 15 or 20 Amp Outlet
  • While the Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector # HU67FR can be plugged into a 15 or 20 amp outlet using an adapter it wouldn't offer much surge protection for that circuit since the circuit would need to prevent surges above 15 or 20 amps whereas this protects for over 30 amps.
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  • When Going from 30 Amp Power Source to 50 Amp RV What Power Amperage Circuit Protection is Needed
  • You want circuit protection to protect your RV's wiring which is rated for 50 amp....so you'd want to go with 50 amp circuit protection. For that we have the part # CAM55306 which automatically resets or the part # CAM55313 which is more like a fuse and is internally damaged and needs to be replaced in the event of a surge. To adapt this to a 30 amp power source you'd want the part # A10-3050FHVP and you'd be set.
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  • Can You Use A 50 Amp Surge Protector In To A 30 Amp Campsite Hookup
  • The Bulldog Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth and Emergency Shut Down # HU87FR will only work if you use it with the Mighty Cord RV Power Cord Adapter - 50 Amp Female to 30 Amp Male # A10-3050FHVP. Since you are going from 50 amps to a 30 amp campsite hookup, you'll need an adapter. The Mighty Cord RV Adapter features a 50 amp female end to hook up to your 50 amp male end of the Bulldog surge protector, and a 30 amp male end to plug into a campsite hookup.
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  • Can 30 Amp Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector Be Used On 50 Amp Trailer
  • I don't recommend using a 30 amp surge protector on a 50 amp trailer. This would require adapters and will limit power going to the trailer. Instead, for a 50 amp trailer, you'll need to use the Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth part # HU47FR.
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  • Hughes Autoformer Voltage Booster 70 Amp Outlet Safety
  • As long as the amperage of the device does not exceed the maximum amperage of your outlet you are good to go. For reference a 60 amp circuit has 240 volt maximum which is 14,4000 watts, this device # HU57FR at 50 amps puts out 12,000 watts.
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  • Difference in Circuit Protection Between Camco 55310 and 55312 Power Defenders
  • The Power Defender, part # CAM55310, is referred to as a voltage analyzer where part # CAM55312 is called a circuit analyzer but essentially it's the same protection. The difference is that # CAM55310 protects up to 1,050 joules while # CAM55312 protects up to 2,100 joules.
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  • Using a 30 Amp RV Surge Protector with 50 Amp Service
  • You will always use a surge protector matched to the TT's rating of 30 amps. I recommend the Power Watchdog the 30 amp Surge Protector with Bluetooth # HU97FR. You can use the free smartphone app to monitor your system and get notified if low or high voltage is detected. If you aren't using a surge protector, you're taking a big risk. While spikes caused by lightning can damage your electrical system and appliances, there are common electrical issues that can be just as dangerous. If...
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  • Is it Normal for 30 amp Camco RV Power Defender Voltage Protector to Not Work With 50 amp Service
  • The Camco RV Power Defender Voltage Protector # CAM55301 that you referenced automatically disconnects when it senses that the voltage levels are at a dangerous point. Since it automatically reconnects when the voltage levels stabilize (between 102V - 132V) I am wondering if the service that you are hooking up to is too much for the adapter. This would explain why it isn't working. I would try testing the 50 amp service to make sure that it is outputting power and if it is you can then...
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  • Will Camco RV Power Defender Voltage Analyzer Shut Off with Over 30 Amps
  • The Camco RV Power Defender Voltage Analyzer # CAM55310 referenced in your question features a 30-amp rating but it will not shut off automatically if the amperage rises. If you are over 30 amps, the breaker on the panel you are plugged into should trip or shut off at that point. The surge protector will protect against things like lightning strikes or sudden voltage spikes. I have attached a short video demonstration on this product that you can also check out.
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  • When Does the Camco Circuit Analyzer Dogbone Part # CAM55313 Reset After a Spike
  • Yes, the Camco RV Power Defender Circuit Analyzer Dogbone part # CAM55313 will act just like a normal surge protector. The analyzers senses incoming current when plugged into an outlet and will detect malfunctions such as open circuits, high voltage etc. The internal circuit board will shut down the flow of power if it senses a spike or other dangerous condition, and won't allow the power to flow again until the problem is corrected or the voltage drops down to a safe level. There is not...
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  • Does the Camco RV Power Defender Reveal If Surge Occurred?
  • The Camco RV Power Defender Voltage Analyzer # CAM55310 will offer 1,050 joules of surge protection. It will not give any indication if a surge has occurred but rather will trip the breaker in the panel upline from the unit. If that breaker is reset, power will still come through the Defender and you'll get the lighting codes for any issues that could have resulted from the surge.
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  • Camco RV Power Defender Voltage Protector - 50 Amp Showing Open Neutral When Plugged Into Generator
  • If you are connecting the Camco RV Power Defender Voltage Protector - 50 Amp, # CAM55306, directly to the generator and getting an "Open Neutral" fault when then connecting to RV you most likely have an issue either with the generator outlet the cord running to your RV. I recommend inspecting the outlet, and the RV's power cord for damage, wear or loose connections.
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  • Hughes Watchdog Surge Protector Warranty Information
  • The Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector with Bluetooth and Emergency Shut Down - 50 Amp Item # HU87FR has a limited lifetime warranty through the manufacturer, Hughes Autoformers. The three year warranty is for the voltage boosters. You will need to register your products on their website to be able to make a warranty claim.
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  • How Will the Camco RV Power Defender Hold Up Under Lots of Rain
  • The Camco RV Power Defender Circuit Analyzer Dogbone # CAM55313 is weather resistant, however it is not waterproof (meaning that it can be submerged and still function). When I reached out to my contact at Camco he said that no matter what product is used, he always recommends covering the connections with a plastic bag and trying the opening off just as a precautionary measure. Be sure to cut a small hole in the bag to allow a little bit of airflow to the unit.
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  • Which Camco RV Surge Protector Will Protect from Multiple Uses
  • The warranty length of the Camco RV Power Defender Circuit Analyzer # CAM55312 is one year and it protects you from manufacturing defects. This has a one time circuit protection like a fuse. If instead you wanted something that will protect for multiple uses we have the Camco RV Power Defender part # CAM55301 which automatically resets like a circuit breaker. This has same 1 year warranty.
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  • How To Safely Power Sensitive Electronics With A Non-Inverter Generator
  • No, the Hughes Autoformer Voltage Booster with Surge Protection - 50 Amp # HU57FR is designed to protect your RV's electronics from low voltage damage by boosting the voltage it receives from park shore power if it falls below 114 volts. The built-in surge protector offers 4,800 joules of protection against power surges. For example if you're at a campground during the middle of August and every other camper tries to pull power from the campground to start their AC units this could cause...
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  • Comparison of Camco Circuit Analyzers and Voltage Protectors
  • Camco Power Defender voltage protectors, parts # CAM55301 and # CAM55306, have a bit more protection than the circuit analyzers, parts # CAM55310, # CAM55312, and # CAM55313. Both the analyzers and protectors have diagnostic lights for faults but beyond that the analyzers are just surge protectors. The voltage protectors go a little further by detecting the voltage and shutting off if the voltage level falls below 102V or goes over 132V. The voltage protectors also reset themselves...
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  • Differences Between Camco Circuit Analyzers and Power Defenders
  • You are correct. The 30 Camco RV Power Defender Voltage Protector # CAM55301 is like a circuit breaker and automatically resets if there's a surge whereas the 50 amp Circuit Analyzer part # CAM55313 is like a fuse and it only can handle one surge. For a 50 amp breaker style you'd need the part # CAM55306.
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  • Is the Camco Power Defender Water Resistant
  • The Camco # CAM55301 is a water-resistant unit so that it provides protection for the electrical components it contains, so as long as it is not submerged in water it will be just fine.
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  • Joules of Surge Protection for the Camco Voltage Defender
  • I spoke to my contact at Camco and he informed me that the Camco RV Power Defender Voltage Analyzer # CAM55310 that you referenced offers 1,050 joules of surge protection but it's primary function is to determine if a power outlet/pedestal is wired correctly. For more voltage protection you may be more interested in the # CAM55301 that offers 2,450 joules of protection or the part # CAM55306 that provides 3,850 joules of protection. Review videos for all three products are attached.
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  • Recommend Voltage Protector And Dogbone Adapter To Connect 50 Amp Cord To 30 Amp Coachmen Trailer
  • You are correct that you would not want to use a 50 amp surge protector on your 2018 Coachmen Freedom Express Travel Trailer since it has a 30 amp cord powering the RV. To connect your 50' 50 amp cord to your trailer you will plug the 50 amp cord into the shore power, then plug the Mighty Cord Dogbone RV Power Cord Adapter - 30 Amp Female to 50 Amp Male # A10-5030FHVP in-between your 50 amp cord and the Camco RV Power Defender Voltage Protector # CAM55301 you were looking at. You can...
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  • Which 30 Amp Camco Surge Protector will Reset Itself After Triggering
  • The Camco RV Power Defender, part # CAM55312 can only withstand a single surge. It cannot reset its surge protector once its used, and will need to be replaced. There is a version that will reset itself though and for that part number you'd want # CAM55301.
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  • Can 30 Amp Circuit Protection be Used on 50 Amp Circuit of RV
  • If you use a 30 amp surge protector on a 50 amp circuit you'd be limiting the circuit to 30 amps and there isn't a way to increase the amperage. You'd want something like the part # CAM55313. For a 50 amp extension cable that is 50 feet long the part # A10-5050E would work great. For 25 feet part # A10-5025EH, or for 10 feet # A10-5010EH.
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  • Troubleshooting Older Model of Camco RV Power Defender Voltage Analyzer After Power Outage
  • Your older model of the Camco RV Power Defender Voltage Analyzer # CAM55310 definitely appears to have been damaged by your recent power outage/surge. I did confirm with Camco that a yellow light just on the rand hand side is not an error code so this points to some kind of damage within the part itself. I do recommend replacing your unit with the current model. This does have integrated surge protection to provide extra security and a weather-resistant construction to protect the electrical...
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  • Does 50 Amp RV Need 30 Amp or 50 Amp Circuit Protection When Using 30 Amp Service
  • Surge protectors are designed to protect the RV's circuits and accessories so even if you were using a 30 amp service your RV would be safe up to 50 amps so you'd want to use a 50 amp surge protector like the # CAM55306 which automatically disconnects when there's a dangerous voltage level and reconnects when voltage stabilizes.
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  • Recommended Adapter and Surge Protector for 50 Amp System to 30 Amp Shore Power
  • With your 50 amp camper system, I recommend using the Power Grip RV Power Maximizer - 50 Amp Female to 15 Amp Male and 30 Amp Male # CAM55025 to allow you to plug into 30 amp power supplies. Then you will use a surge protector like # CAM55306 for multiple surge protection or # CAM55313 for single time surge protection. Many people use the Camco Power Grip Cable with Lock # CAM44290 to protect their investment. Unless you convert your entire system to 30 amp, I don't recommend using...
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  • 30 Amp Surge Protector Recommendation for Travel Trailer
  • You'll need a 30 amp protector to match the amperage of your travel trailer. The 50 amp surge protector wouldn't do anything to protect a 30 amp setup. For that you'd want the pat # CAM55306.
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  • Recommended RV Surge Protector Voltage Regulator for 30 Amp Power System
  • For any trailer or motorhome system, I recommend using a surge protector to protect your trailer electronics and components from issue. For your 30 amp system I recommend at least the Camco RV Power Defender Circuit Analyzer Dogbone - 125V - 30 Amp # CAM55312 which will protect from a single surge has indicator lights of faults. This will require replacing after a surge and will not allow you to safely reconnect your system after a fault so you would be taking a risk if you reconnect....
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  • How to Connect Surge Protector When Using 30 Amp to 50 Amp RV Adapter Power Cord
  • You have it exactly right. Starting at the RV you will plug in your 30A power cord like # A10-3025ED90 which will connect to the 30A surge protector, such as the Camco # CAM55312 or the multilevel # CAM55301. Then from the surge protector you will use your adapter like # A10-5030FHVP to plug into the 50 amp shore power outlet.
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  • Can 30 Amp Surge Protector be Used on 50 Amp RV
  • A 30 amp surge protector can be used on a 50 amp RV but if you exceed 30 amps the surge protector is going to activate and prevent more than 30 amps from making it to the rest of the electrical system. So it would "work" but not be ideal Best solution would be a 50 amp surge protector like the part # CAM55301.
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  • Can RV with 50 Amp Power Hook Up to 30 Amp Power Source
  • You can indeed connect your RV with 50 amp power to a 30 amp power source. To do this you can use an adapter like the Mighty Cord Generator Adapter # A10-G30450VP which is just a 50 amp female socket on one end and a 30 amp female connector on the other. As you mentioned, plugging into a 30 amp service is going to limit how many appliances you can have running at one time in the RV. As long as you are okay with this then you can physically hook up to the power source without issue. Technically...
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  • Do I Need To Replace A surge Protector After It Is Tripped
  • Your Camco RV Power Defender Circuit Analyzer # CAM55310 should be fine if you've only activated the surge protection once. Your unit is rated for 1,050 joules, and if you've had a 200 joule hit, in theory, you still have approximately 850 joules left, which is still really good. Typically, you'll want to replace your surge protector every 2-5 years, but if you've had a frequent amount of hits you'll want to consider replacing sooner.
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  • Lighting Codes of Camco RV Power Defender, part # CAM55312 Explained
  • I attached a picture that has the lighting codes of the Camco RV Power Defender, part # CAM55312 explained. Two yellows mean correct wiring, one yellow most likely means you have an open ground on the outlet at your house. Is there another outlet you can try to verify if the outlet is the problem.
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  • Will the Camco RV Voltage Analyzer Part # CAM55310 Protect from RV Hot-Skin Condition
  • RV hot-skin is a condition that causes the body of trailer to hold an electrical charge due to a fault in the ground on the shore line power outlet. The faulty ground at the shore line outlet will be detected by the Camco RV Power Defender Voltage Analyzer part # CAM55310 making it a very safe investment.
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  • Blue Light On Camco RV Power Defender CAM55312 No Longer Illuminating
  • I spoke with my contact at Camco regarding your RV Power Defender Circuit Analyzer # CAM55312. He said that if the blue surge protector light is no longer illuminating on your unit then it has experienced a surge episode (and protected your RV!). This may have happened with your 30 amp home outlet or it could have happened the previous time you used the analyzer at a campsite. Since this particular model provides one-time-event protection, it is no longer able to provide surge protection...
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  • Does 50 Amp RV Need to Have 30 Amp Surge Protection Using 30 Amp Power
  • If you power your 50 amp service RV with 30 amp power you'll be fine as long as you are aware that your amperage is not lower than normal which means you won't be able to run as many electricity power accessories at any given time. The surge protector is for protecting the wiring of your RV though so there's no reason you'd have to go down to a 30 amp protector. Your RV can handle up to 50 amps so there's nothing that's going to harm it between 30 and 50.
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  • Does Camco RV Power Defender Circuit Analyzer Dogbone CAM55313 Correct Miswired Outlets
  • The Camco RV Power Defender Circuit Analyzer Dogbone # CAM55313 will tell you if the power outlet at an RV park is wired properly to prevent damage to the connected RV's electrics, but it does not correct for any mis-wired outlets. It is a warning device only. My contact at Camco confirmed that when three of the four LED indicator lights are lit yellow on the main body of the unit the outlet is wired correctly. They also offer a similar unit, their Power Defender Voltage Analyzer...
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  • How To Use 50 Amp Surge Protector On 30 Amp Trailer with 30 Amp Service
  • The best option would be to switch to a 30 amp surge protector like the Camco RV Power Defender Circuit Analyzer Dogbone part # CAM55312. That said, you can use your 50 amp surge protector with a few dogbone adapters, the Mighty Cord Dogbone RV Power Cord Adapter part # A10-5030FBK and Mighty Cord RV Power Cord Adapter Plug part # A10-3050AVP.
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  • Surge Protectors for 30 Amp and 50 Amp Power Sources for RV
  • I wish there was a circuit protector that could cover both amperage ratings but you'd have to have a 30 amp protector like the part # CAM55301 or the # CAM55306 for a 50 amp setup. For a 30 amp female to 50 amp male adapter you'd want # A10-5030FHVP.
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  • Can RV with 50 Amp Socket use 30 Amp Service at Campground
  • Yes, you can use your RV that has a 50 amp outlet with a 30 amp power source by using the dog bone adapter like the part # A10-3050FHVP. You'd just have to make a note that you have a lower amount of amperage available for your accessories. The # CAM55301 that you referenced can be used and will help prevent you from drawing more than 30 amps.
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  • Using Surge Protector on 50 amp RV with a 30 amp Power Pedestal and a 15/20 amp Residential Outlet
  • The Portable Power Watchdog Surge Protector, # HU87FR rated at 50 amp, will go into the power pedestal at the campsite. You will then plug your 50 amp RV power cord into this. Please note the linked product review and installation video below. When you do not have 50 amp service available to you and need to plug into 30 amp service, use the Mighty Cord RV Power Cord Adapter - 50 Amp Female to 30 Amp Male, # A10-3050FHVP. This goes into the 30 amp power pedestal, then the above configuration...
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  • Does Camco RV Power Defender Circuit Analyzer Reset Itself After a Surge
  • Camco does make a version of the Camco RV Power Defender Circuit Analyzer Dogbone # CAM55312 that does automatically reset itself with the Voltage Protector part # CAM55301 but the part # CAM55312 will only take one surge before it needs to be replaced. It's like a fuse whereas the Protector is like a breaker in that it resets. I attached a review video for the Protector for you to check out as well.
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  • Does Camco RV Power Defender Circuit Analyzer CAM55313 Protect Against Low Voltage
  • The Camco RV Power Defender Circuit Analyzer # CAM55313 does not protect against low voltage. But there is a similar product that does both low voltage and surge protection. It is the Camco RV Power Defender Voltage Monitor # CAM55306. It disconnects power in a dangerous voltage situation and will reconnect when voltage gets to the 102 to 132 volt safe range.
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  • Intended Function of Camco RV Power Defender Voltage Monitor CAM55301
  • The intended purpose of the Camco RV Power Defender Voltage Monitor # CAM55301 is to protect your entire 30-amp RV electrical system from over- or under-voltage conditions in the power source it is connected to. it automatically disconnects when dangerous voltage levels are detected and automatically reconnects when voltage levels stabilize to a safe level (between 102V and 132V). This is different than a GFI outlet as one might find in an RV or household bathroom.
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  • Can 50 Amp Surge Protector Be Used with 30 Amp Power Supply
  • You can use a 50 amp surge protector on your 30 amp service but I would offer a bit of caution. If any of your appliances or items are rated at 30 amps and something happened that caused them to draw more power, the 50 amp surge protector would not trigger and you could suffer damage to those items. If you decide to use the 50 amp surge protector I recommend making sure everything is in good working order, but as I stated, if there were a problem it may cause damage because the circuit...
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  • Recommended RV Power Monitor/Defender for 50-Amp Service
  • No, instead you will want to use the 50-amp version of the Camco Power Defender, which is their part # CAM55313. This provides the same circuit analyzer and voltage monitoring functions along with surge suppression but in the 50-amp capacity you need. A similar but better option is their RV Power Defender Voltage Monitor # CAM55306 which provides those functions but adds the ability to automatically disconnect when dangerous incoming voltage levels are detected. It will automatically...
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  • Are Multiple Surge Protectors Necessary
  • Multiple surge protectors such as the Camco RV Power Defender Voltage Protector # CAM55301 are not needed. Though we do not carry the Progressive protectors, if you are using a voltage protector like the # CAM55301 for 30 amp or # CAM55306 for 50 amp then there is no reason to add another protector.
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  • Recommended Surge Protector for 30 Amp Trailer
  • For your 30 Amp trailer you will want the Camco RV Power Defender Voltage Monitor - 30 Amp # CAM55301. This will monitor voltage and automatically disconnect when dangerous levels are detected and then reconnect when voltage stabilizes. This is a great option to allow protection from multiple surges. You may want to consider the Camco Power Grip Cable with Lock # CAM44290 to secure your investment. If you were to use a 50 amp unit, then there could be spikes that could damage your...
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