Recreational vehicles are homes on wheels and are susceptible to power surges. Whether you are driving a travel trailer or have one of the more simple pop ups, you want to make sure you protect your investment from power surges that are common in RV parks.
What is a Power Surge?
A power surge is simply an increase, or spike, in the electrical current going into your RV. It is often very short and you might not even notice it. Power surges are often caused by lightning, but it can also occur when the power grid suffers a malfunction, which is common in RV parks. However, even surges that are a second long can cause damage to the appliances in your RV, as well as the RV itself.
How Surge Protectors Help
When you look at the outlets in your RV, they will have the same problem the outlets in your home has. The standard outlet is unable to protect against power surges or power spikes. RVs will need special portable protectors that come in either 30 amps or 50 amps. The surge protector will divert the sudden increase in energy into a special component located in the protector. The protector will ensure that the normal amount of electricity continues into your vehicle.
A surge protector makes sure your RV is prepared for the unexpected. Usually, you can purchase them for $100 or so.