Electric RV Accessories

SURGE PROTECTORS – GENERATOR – SOLAR PANELS
When it comes to surge protectors – this is NOT a place to cut corners! All it takes is ONE electric surge from sloppy RV Park electrical wiring OR from lightning and your RV’s electrical system & electronics ARE TOAST. And… good luck claiming it as warranty! No manufacturer will stand behind that damage. The bottom line: I would NEVER plug into a RV Power Pestle without having my surge protector inline. Progressive surge protectors are NOT cheap, but there’s a reason! When it comes to surge protection, you NEED the best. 
If your RV is 50A, get the 50A, if you pull up to a 30A site, you can use a 50 to 30A adapter with your surge protector. If your camper is 30A, get the 30A model. 
50A version 30A version
I’ve had my Progressive for 8+ years now. My first Progressive lasted 6 years, when it failed, the company sent me a FREE WARRANTY replacement. Progressive is THE name in this arena.
Important Note: If you have a 50A system, you will likely run into some campgrounds with power pedastles that offer only 30A service. This connector is what you’ll need. It has a male 30A plug (which plugs into the power pedastle) and a female 50A plug which plugs into the 50A surge protector. What I like about this particular connector is the fact that it is designed to make it easier to disconnect it from the protector and the pedastle – note the handles on each plug. 

Generator

When it comes to generators – I purchased one recently, mostly to ensure my batteries remained strong during a dry camping stay. Frankly, solar panels, while they are GREAT, are of limited use in cloudy weather – and with the recent reduction in the cost (AND WEIGHT) of good generators, I decided it was worth the expense. The generator I’m going to recommend cost me well under $500. Here is a link to the best price I’ve found.¬† I’ve now had it for nearly a year so I can honestly say it IS reliable AND this generator can be paralleled with another to nearly double the wattage. With the parallel kit and a 2nd generator, you’re still UNDER $1000. and you have a small, powerful energy-producing system!

Solar Panels

Renogy Solar Panels come in “2 flavors” – 100 watt and 200 watt. Both include a solar controller (the device that allows the panels to “talk” to the batteries. The cables have alligator clips to connect DIRECTLY to the batteries (this is the preferred approach.) I prefer “suitcase” approach over roof-top panels as solar panels work well ONLY when they can face the sun and remain out of the shade. If you camp under a tree, roof-top solar panels are rendered nearly useless!


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