RV Electricity – Can I add a second surge protector?

Dear Mike, Thanks for your No Shock Zone articles! I am a big fan. I have a technical question based on an issue raised by a fellow camper. I have a Progressive Industries Surge Protector (EMS-HW50C Portable Electrical Management System) on my 50A diesel pusher, and I also use a Camco Dogbone RV Circuit Analyzer with integrated surge protection and fault…

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RV Electricity – Stray Voltage found on call button box on gate!

Dear Readers, This report just in from the Stray Voltage Patrol…. It describes an SVP member feeling a shock from the call box at the campground gate. This was an extremely dangerous situation that was identified and reported by an SVP member before anyone was injured or killed. Describe what you discovered: When I came through the gate and touched…

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(Mis)Adventures with pull-throughs

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Is a pull-through site better than a back-in? Friends of ours asked us to stop in for a visit as we were migrating between the Pacific Northwest and Arizona. They must really like us a lot, as our thought was to stop and “do lunch” on the way through. Next thing we knew, they’d…

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RV Electricity – Low Voltage Report

Dear Readers, Since the Stray Voltage Patrol is already generating some interesting reports, I’m going to use one of them to discuss the problem of low voltage in campgrounds, especially state owned and operated parks. Here’s what part of an SVP report looks like:  What did you discover? Pedestal voltage measured too low (below 104 volts) Describe what you discovered:  Voltage 117 with about 10% of…

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RV Electricity – Stray Voltage Patrol Test Protocol (Preliminary)

Dear SVP member, Following is the basic checklist protocol I would like you to follow when gathering data for your Stray Voltage Patrol form. This is a work in progress, so please let me know your thoughts on any additions or sequence changes.  DO NOT do anything you’re uncomfortable with. I know that many of you measure your pedestals all…

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RV Electricity – The Stray Voltage Patrol is now up to 200 members!

Dear Readers, Here’s an update on the Stray Voltage Patrol, as well as a few pictures of why Chuck Woodbury and I think that RV electrical safety is so important to write about.  Yes, we have 200 SVP members signed up The Stray Voltage Patrol has now reached 200 members. So for those of you just joining us, this is…

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2018 RV Electrical Safety Seminars update

Dear Mike, We want to thank you again for the electrical safety seminars you presented at our 2018 [Holiday Rambler Recreational Vehicle Club] rally.  They were a major highlight of the rally, and they focused on subjects too frequently ignored. We had many compliments on their inclusion, and on the professional, entertaining way in which you presented the material.  Please…

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Is advanced pedestal testing feasible?

Dear Mike, It may be best to check pedestal voltage under load before plugging in. Is there an easy way to do this? —Don/Piano-tuna Dear Don, That’s a great idea, but likely beyond the scope of most RV owners. That’s because meaningful load testing can be time-consuming and complicated. Here are the basics. There are at least two different types…

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RV Electricity – (Printable) Pedestal Power Checklist

Dear Mike, The procedure at the top of the Pedestal Power article is great. But for newbies (or those of us who are just forgetful), a checklist we could print and keep with our surge protector and non contact voltage detector would be an awesome way to always have this info handy. —Carissa Dear Carissa, All you have to do…

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RV Electricity seminars in 2018

Everyone, As promised, I’m updating you on my RV Electricity seminars this summer and fall. Fun will be had by all since I do a lot of live demonstrations about electrical testing and safety. And if all goes well, Chuck Woodbury and I will be live streaming these seminars from Hershey on several media channels. Of course, if you can’t…

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RV Electricity – Pedestal power has changed in recent years

Pedestal Power By Mike Sokol Bigger outlets Today’s RVs have much greater power requirements than those of even 10 years ago. You have lots of appliances, so that single 20-amp outlet can’t provide enough current. This is when you need to step up to 30-amp outlets at the campsite. Let’s see how they’re wired. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of both…

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