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Old 05-26-2011, 04:12 AM   #1
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I'm a soon to be Slingshot owner and I have a couple questions for the more experienced folks out there.

Before I take delivery, I want to have the essentials in hand so I'm not in danger the first time I hook up to the services offered by the RV Park.

I've read that my brand new rig will catch on fire if I don't have a $300 surge suppressor, and that my water lines will burst if I don't have a water pressure regulator.

I don't mind buying either of those, but I don't want to do it if it's not really a good idea.
So for example, do I really just need a volt meter (Which I know how to use) and a little common sense to avoid electrical problems, or do I really need an active line monitor that will shut down if things go bad all of a sudden? Do I need the delay start to save my A/C or don't these newer units already have a startup delay on power loss?

Do I really need to be concerned about high water pressure or should I just not worry about it?

Any advice from you old timers would be appreciated.
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:40 AM   #2
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I don't know where you read your rig might catch on fire if you didn't have a surge guard.
What could happen if you experienced a surge from the power CO. or a lightening hit is possibly burning out your fridge, or micro, or tv, or your converter. That isn't something you can control using a volt meter. I would think after spending all the money you did on the new rig another $100--$300 for a surge guard would be worth it just for the peace of mind.
Same goes for a water pressure regulator. If you blow a line and flood the trailer, that $50 regulator will seem like pretty cheap Ins.




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Old 05-26-2011, 05:14 AM   #3
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While I agree with the above, here is my take. I have never had a surge problem with the campground power. Yes it could happen(and some have had a problem) as well as a lightning surge. In 30 years of camping, no problems (I have RV insurance for this). I do however have a plug in circuit tester that I use every time I stop. The lights indicate proper wiring and polarity ($5.00). As far as water goes, a regulator is a must. You can buy the cheaper ones (regulated to 45PSI, or adjustable ones) but get something and put it on the campground water supply before your hose. When leaving the rig, turn off the water for safety.

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Old 05-26-2011, 05:56 AM   #4
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Big thumbs up on what Stan said about the water! Use a pressure regulator. They are cheap and easy. But definitely turn off the water before you leave the rig. That way if you have a leak you don't have to hope some good samaritan walks by and sees the problem then turns off the water for you! We have seen this happen twice!

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Old 05-26-2011, 05:58 AM   #5
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Last summer I was at a campground that had low voltage problems. My surge protector would shut down the power to my rig when the voltage was below 90 volts. This happened about a dozen times over the course of a day. Since it was hot and the air conditioner was on, this could have saved my A/C from burning out from the low voltage.



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Old 05-26-2011, 07:06 AM   #6
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AC line voltage meter, which plugs into a receptacle = $ 30.00
in line water regulator with guage = 25.00
seems like cheap insurance to me.
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Old 05-26-2011, 07:23 AM   #7
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Thanks everybody. I just wanted to confirm that these items weren't a waste of money. I got them on order now.

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Old 05-26-2011, 10:27 AM   #8
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"Before I take delivery, I want to have the essentials in hand so I'm not in danger the first time I hook up to the services offered by the RV Park. "

JGray, here's an excellent site for beginning RVers: http://www.newrver.com/index.shtml

It helped me get started with my SlingShot; alot of good info.
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Just noticed you are in SC, can I ask where? We're in Myrtle Beach ...
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