We all know what it is like to experience a brown-out on a particularly hot day while the campground you are staying in is full to the brim with campers. There is only so much load the equipment can take and days like this push capacities to the max. That is why it is advisable to have surge protectors in your RV.
One camper described her experience at a Michigan park like this:
“Learning experiences, not always good ones. Campgrounds, due to the large amount of RVs pulling electric, you are sure to experience power surges or brown outs. Some RV’s are running two air conditioners or using electric dryers, etc.
We were staying at a campground where we had 30-amp service. We did not have a surge protector hooked to our fifth wheel because we would be just fine, not needed.
And so the learning experience began.
Yep, sure enough. Power surge. And out went the power. We had two grandsons and two granddaughters, myself and my husband. Total dark. Midnight. Luckily we were close to home where I could pack them up and head for home.
In the meantime, my husband stayed at the campground and hooked up a battery charger to restore 12-volt power for lighting purposes. Our power inverter didn’t take the surge so well. So off to the local camping store to order and replace, and purchase a surge protector.
As it was explained to me, we were fortunate enough not to have lost any of our other electrical components. We could have lost so much more. I have also heard of (but do not have one as of yet) a type of a meter that you plug into an electrical outlet and it monitors the amount of power coming into your RV. Certainly another form of protection.
There are different amp surge protectors (30 or 50 amp), so be sure to purchase the correct one for your RV. As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention”.” ~Mary, RVing lover.