RV Surge Protector: The Pros & Cons

RV Surge Protector: The Pros & Cons
RV Surge Protector: The Pros & Cons

Should You Get a Surge Protector For Your RV?

Most new RVers simply don’t consider the potential danger posed by the power at an RV park or campground. Electrical issues at RV parks and campgrounds are common, and while damage to your RV is unlikely, there is always the potential for damaging your electrical system and or anything that’s that are plugged into the system, like your computer or TV. An unexpected power surge could result in costly repairs. 

Fortunately, it’s easy to avoid this potential problem and protect your RV. By using a good quality RV surge protector, you can ensure that the power anywhere is safe to use. 

What is a Surge Protector? 

A surge protector protects your RV from surges in voltage that could be caused by a short circuit, lightning, or any other reason. If an electrical issue does occur, the surge protector burns out to protect your RV’s electrical system. You’ll need to choose a surge protector that’s rated for your RV; either a 30 amp or a 50 amp surge protector. 

There are really only pros to using a surge protector, and the only cons would be the potential for theft, and the price; surge protectors are not cheap. The least expensive portable surge protectors cost around $100, and the most expensive ones can cost you more than $300. The least expensive hardwired surge protectors range in price from $175 to almost $300, plus the cost of having it installed. 

Portable vs. Hardwired Surge Protectors 

There are two types of RV surge protectors: portable and hardwired. Portable surge protectors are plugged directly into the power pedestal, and hardwired surge protectors are directly wired into the RV’s electrical system. 

Pros and Cons of a Portable Surge Protector


  • Simple to use
  • Less expensive 


  • You need to remember to use it
  • You could accidentally leave it at the campground
  • It can be easily stolen 

To solve the problem of theft, many RVers will wrap a chain and a bicycle lock around the portable surge protector. However, that’s just one more thing to remember! 

Pros and Cons of a Hardwired Surge Protectors 


  • It’s always on, no need to remember to use it
  • It can’t be stolen 


  • It’s more expensive
  • You can’t take it with you if you sell your RV
  • It requires professional installation 

The potential for electrical problems is a real issue, that could cost you much more than the price of a surge protector. That is why getting a surge protector is something you really should do.

You’ll have more peace of mind while traveling when you don’t have to worry about power surges or any other electrical problems.


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