Expensive mistake when installing 30-amp RV outlet at home

  RV Electricity with Mike Sokol Dear Mike, Thank you for bringing the miswiring issue to light. I have been a licensed journeyman electrician for over ten years, but when a customer asked me to install an outside 30-amp outlet for his RV in the driveway, I accidentally wired it up for 240 volts, NOT 120 volts. That was a... Read More

Is surge protector’s reading sufficient to be safe from “hot skin”?

  RV Electricity with Mike Sokol Dear Mike, Thank you so much for your discussion of “hot skin.” I recently got a shock touching my small trailer and found out I had a bad extension cord. A question: I use a surge protector between shore power and my trailer. The protector claims to detect lack of power, reversed polarity, open... Read More

Prevent dangerous RV “hot skin” condition

  RV Electricity with Mike Sokol Dear Mike, We recently purchased a pop-up camper. We set it up in the driveway to check things out. My daughter got a shock when she was standing on the grass and touched the camper door. I checked it out and realized that the extension cord had a bad ground wire. I hooked up... Read More

Tips for slipping your rig into a narrow campsite

  By Bob Difley You will find many of the most scenic, nature-focused, and “nesty” campgrounds in national and state forests and parks. They often are the least developed, with small pads (but with lots of space), crowded by trees, rocks, bushes, or other natural objects. But that’s why many of us choose these campgrounds — we would rather be crowded... Read More

Leveling vs. stabilizing an RV

  There is a big difference between stabilizing and leveling an RV. You need to know the difference to properly use the equipment on your particular RV. Leveling a coach is to bring the unit to a comfortable level position for camping. This requires lifting the weight of the coach from its normal driving position to a level position. Stabilizing... Read More

Simplify backing into your RV space

By Steve Savage Mobility RV Service   If you tow, I suspect you — like most of us — have suffered through the stress that comes along with backing into your space in the campground with everyone watching. The yelling matches between spouses can reach divorce-pending proportions, and discussions about the best way to communicate between the person driving and the... Read More

Holding tank tips for the stationary RV

By Russ and Tiña De Maris While the term “recreational vehicle” fosters visions of hitting the open road and exploring new sights, new civilizations, we don’t always boldly go where we haven’t gone before. Sometimes we may be “stuck” in the same place for a couple of weeks–even months. Having a “stationary RV” means special care of the black water... Read More