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Agreed John and Ted.
But as we live in rural France still with most transmission lines over ground on poles, we can be susceptible to the occasional 'strike' taking out anything electronic.
And as we have experienced a damaging power surge stateside it's always a concern for me.
We have the protectors shown below picked up at Vide Greniers for €1 or €2 that also protect the overhead phone lines.
Just about all our modern appliances have some electronics in them now and would be damaged in the event of a surge. For me it's cheap insurance.

Most modern electrical installations in France now have an edf supplied surge protector on the incoming main. So the threat must still be there for the power company to fit them.

And yes fitting one to the end of a van power lead open to the elements is not good practice but can be protected from the rain quite easily.

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I have one of these Sollatek AVS30 MICRO – Automatic Voltage Switcher. Bit pricey but having seen the damage done to the electronics of a van after a power surge its worth it to me. I have just connected two short lengths of hookup cable in and out and connect between the my hookup and the input into the van, i also when camped at MCC rallies with no power i connect it between a genny and the van. Chas.
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I have the Sollatek unit fitted in my van as I was experiencing so fluctuation problems in Croatia, this sorted that.The Sollatek unit may be a bit pricey but it is a better bet than the Schaudt unit by virtue of the fact that it has a 30amp rating as opposed to 10amp for the Schaudt. If you are looking to protect the van as a whole and not an individual circuit then it is in a no brainer.Available on Amazon for £62. Much better unit for £30 less.
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Only ever deliberately used surge protectors on specialist computer and other sensitive electronic equipment a few years ago.
These days I would not bother.
Never in the van with normal up to date electrics and laptops when they were introduced.
The 3 Baltic countries, which we haven't visited, have been put aside for the last 3 years due to medical problems...They are on the list for this, the fourth year, and I haven't even considered surge protectors.
99.9% of Motorhome/Caravanners have never heard of 'Surge Protection' and I have never heard or seen on the internet of any incident caused by it.

I put it in the same dustbin as 'Reverse Polarity' and 'Food Safe Hose' etc.

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Have to agree with this and we had no problems with the electrics on campsites in the Baltic states.

Only problems have been in Morocco, if the voltage drops below say 220 some Dometic fridges would not operate on hook up.
We then bought a voltage regulator which solved the problem.

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Agreed John and Ted.
But as we live in rural France still with most transmission lines over ground on poles, we can be susceptible to the occasional 'strike' taking out anything electronic.
And as we have experienced a damaging power surge stateside it's always a concern for me.
We have the protectors shown below picked up at Vide Greniers for €1 or €2 that also protect the overhead phone lines.
Just about all our modern appliances have some electronics in them now and would be damaged in the event of a surge. For me it's cheap insurance.

Most modern electrical installations in France now have an edf supplied surge protector on the incoming main. So the threat must still be there for the power company to fit them.

And yes fitting one to the end of a van power lead open to the elements is not good practice but can be protected from the rain quite easily.

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Ray as you know I also live in rural France just a different bit to you.

At my old house I had one of the Orange ones to protect our livebox, it didn't, both it and the livebox were destroyed.

I now have a Belkin unit, no idea if it has been challenged yet but all equipment still OK.

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I'm sure there are varying levels of surge John. A good close hit will fry everything but a strike a few miles away will just pop the electronics.
Two friends have been 'hit'. The lady who sold us this house and just moved into a converted barn 6 miles away with all new appliances had them all blow due to a distant hit to the power lines. Hadn't even arranged insurance at that time. But another friend had all his electrical appliances melted and his insurance paid the lot.

I guess my cheap protectors on every outlet are better than nothing and I'm insured. But I still get up in the night when I hear thunder and pull ariels and phone plugs.

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I don't think anyone is trying to persuade anyone to buy something. All that is being done is advice offered and experiences shared. The final decision is with the individual. In my case investing £60 for the unit was balanced against possibly paying out £600+ for new PSU. Whether or not it has been called upon since I fitted it is unknown, but there is peace of mind knowing it is there.When we returned to Croatia in 2018 we did not encounter any further problems, whether this was because of the unit or being in a different part of the country I will never know.
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Yes our voltage regulator cost us £50 in Morocco.

People on here offer the benefit of their experience and unbiased views.....................dealers,advertisers and sellers paint a different picture

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Thanks everyone - having read the various posts I've decided to go for peace of mind and install a sollatek AVS 30 and protect everything in the van.

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