January '17

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rv-pro.com January 2017 • RV PRO • 81 Surge Protection & More Anaheim, Calif.-based Hughes Autoformers offers a solu- tion to that problem in the form of an all-in-one voltage trans- former, power booster and surge protector available in 30- and 50-amp sizes. The autoformers are used to stabilize voltage and lower the operating cost of RV equipment. When the unit is in automatic and input voltage drops below 113 volts, the autoformer applies a 10 percent boost, which continues even if park voltage levels get dangerously low. "It is a difficult situation when you have various power events going on inside an RV park," says Pat Thomas, a principal owner of Hughes Autoformers, which has been serving the RV market since the mid-1990s. "People are connecting their coaches to park power and eventually blowing stuff up due to lack of adequate power." Thomas notes that power output from RV parks vary widely, leaving it to the RV owner to take the problem of appliance damage due to low power into their own hands. "Our product offers the only true solution to low voltage, which is 99 percent of the problem," Thomas says. "You can buy a surge guard from others and what that does is that when it gets below 104 volts it just shuts the coach off. If you are in the park, especially at night, you can't run a generator due to noise issues, so you have to run off the battery for a while and then go to bed. "If you have ours, the park may have 104 volts, but inside the coach is at 114 volts," he adds. "Everything operates properly at 114 volts, so the people who have our product really don't Top: Technician Javier Trujillo examines a partially completed autoformer on a workbench. Above: Employee Ian Thomas readies an autoformer case for assembly.

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