Choosing A Surge Protector For Your RV

What kind of surge protector should you buy for your recreational vehicle? The right choice depends on a few factors, but there are two main types.

One plugs directly into the park outlet located outside the RV, and the other is built into the vehicle. Each of these has its pros and cons for both seasoned and occasional campers. Even when narrowed down to two main types, however, features vary from one model to another.

One of the first things to think about is budget, but a major consideration is the necessity of this item. This is one of those trailer accessories that you will want to buy.  Surge protectors are made to safeguard all of the electrical systems in your RV as well as everything you have plugged into the interior.

Since many drivers rely on public outlets found in busy campgrounds, the safety of their RVs depends on the quality of the facility’s electrical system. Small issues, such as dirty outlets, can cause power shortages or surges that are deadly to electronic devices. Surge protectors isolate the RV from potential shortages within the campground itself and prevent expensive damage and inconvenience.

An external protector is easy to install and to use. As suggested by its name, the external model is plugged directly into the power source outside the RV. This requires no installation at all and gives much the same protection as internal versions. Quite like similar protectors used in homes, they plug directly into outlets, and the power supply of the RV is plugged directly into the protector.

If there is a power surge, the protector will disable the power supply to the vehicle in order to avoid harm to electronic devices. Tech savvy owners are able to choose models that monitor the power usage of the RV in amps.

You may be familiar with a whole house surge protector.  Have you thought about this type of protection for your caravan, RV or camper?  Most surge protectors mounted in the RV offer comparable features to their external counterparts. An added advantage of an internal device is that is is less likely to be stolen. This could be a plus in heavily populated areas where theft is a problem.

Rather than being simply connected to shared outlets,these protectors are attached to the RV and difficult for thieves to remove. They not only offer security, but they may also have more features than similar outdoor models. Many have lights that show at a glance whether the system is connected and running properly. Amp monitors are also much more likely to be included on these, and some even allow owners to program their ideal power usage.

On the other hand, installation of these protectors can be complicated. It is possible to do it yourself, but consulting a professional may be well worth the money. They will not only be able to tell you what is the best RV surge protector to get beforehand, having it installed by someone who knows what they are doing will save you troubles down the road, literally.  Be sure to add this to your camping checklist.