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Old 07-17-2013, 01:43 AM   #1
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Have enough extra cash right now to purchase either the surge protector or a tire monitor. What do you feel is more important to buy first??



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Old 07-17-2013, 02:02 AM   #2
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I like the tire monitor. I have gone 30 years of camping without electrical issue from surge or spike. I do check polarity and voltage prior to plug in. maybe I am lucky. I really like having the peace of mind that Iwill probably get an alert prior to a tire going bad.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:21 AM   #3
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Both are great additions. I would give priority to the TPMS. You hear a lot about tire failure.
Hope you never have to deal with either problem.
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:23 AM   #4
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I have to say I agree with everyone that has made a comment. The TPMS was my first after reading so many stories on other forums. My second was the power master that both protects for severe over voltage but will also regulate voltage 10% if needed. Much the same as a autoformer same type product.

I think you are very wise to be thinking about the two items on your list ... many do not.
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:22 AM   #5
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Whilst thinking about a surge protector (was going to be next) I ran into a snag. It seems in an over or under voltage situation it kill electricity to the trailer. I was good with that until I read to reset the surge protector the unit had to be unplugged and then plugged back in.

At that point I stopped. My scenario: We leave out for a half day or more of sightseeing and leave the AC's going to keep the rv and little dog cool. The voltage drops and the surge protector kicks out. The voltage normalizes but the unit doesn't reset. 2 hours later we have a dead dog in our 105 deg heat.

No thanks. I'm rethinking the surge protector as long as we carry a pet.
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:41 AM   #6
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Cilf, we have a Hughes Autoformer and it lowers or raises the voltage automatically. It is more expensive than a surge protector but well worth it to us. I have it mounted where I can see the lights on it through the vent for the heater and have seen it working many times.</span>


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As far as the question, if you are running the cheap Chinese factory tires my vote goes for the TPMS.</span>
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:14 AM   #7
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Just replaced the factory tires last month when I had the steel valve stems installed to support the TPMS I already had. It seems one of the tires had tread separation so all 4 were replaced with Carlisle trailer tires, ST235-80-16. I'm hauling one of the good,?, old tires around to keep Murphy at bay so he hit my black water tank valve(other post). I'll look into the autotransformer,that's a viable alternative I haven't considered.Edited by: avvidclif
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Whilst thinking about a surge protector (was going to be next) I ran into a snag. It seems in an over or under voltage situation it kill electricity to the trailer. I was good with that until I read to reset the surge protector the unit had to be unplugged and then plugged back in.

At that point I stopped. My scenario: We leave out for a half day or more of sightseeing and leave the AC's going to keep the rv and little dog cool. The voltage drops and the surge protector kicks out. The voltage normalizes but the unit doesn't reset. 2 hours later we have a dead dog in our 105 deg heat.

No thanks. I'm rethinking the surge protector as long as we carry a pet.
Not sure what surge protector you were looking at but most will automatically reset within a few minutes when voltage returns to normal .
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:12 AM   #9
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Thanks Cliff, I have two wonderful kids (Dogs) and you have given me cause to reconsider and get more info. I actually just ordered a surge protector yesterday. I have cancelled that purchase. I thought I had all my ducks in a row thanks for the heads up.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:45 AM   #10
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My Progressive surge guard says it automatically resets after power is restored. So that tells me everything should turn back on that was on when the shut down occurred.

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