Your Sprinter RV cost too much? Blame chickens!

Road Signs Which came first? The Chicken Tax, the Sprinter or the Egg?  A lesson in tariffs and international trade By Mike Sokol This is not a political article, and I’m not taking sides. However, I believe that “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” This is the story of how a cheap chicken in the 1960s…

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RV Electricity – Using a Non-Contact Voltage Tester

Dear Mike, After reading your article on RV hot-skin voltage I ordered a Southwire 40126N Non-Contact Voltage Tester, but now wonder if it’s the correct tool. According to the directions it detects voltage by putting it near a hot plug. But will it also find a hot-skin voltage by putting it next to the skin of an RV? —John Baxley…

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RV Electricity – Hot grounds and the Stray Voltage Patrol

Dear Mike & Chuck, My wife and I love reading your newsletter – keep up the good work! I just finished reading the post regarding the note you received from Stephen Wickland and the hot-skin condition found at an RV park pedestal. I have been plugging into pedestals to support everything from pop-up trailers to a travel trailer to our current…

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RV Electricity – Generator Noise Pollution – Part 1

Generator Noise Pollution – Part 1 by Mike Sokol – All Rights Reserved I’ve had several recent emails about noisy generators bothering nearby campers. I guess it’s that time of year when everyone needs air conditioning in their RVs and no sane amount of solar panels and house batteries have enough power to run an air conditioner for more than…

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What makes a generator “RV Ready”?

Dear Mike, I’ve been thinking about buying a generator for my RV, but most of them have some sort of twist-lock plug that won’t connect to my RV shore power cord without an adapter plug. Is that adapter dangerous to use? And what about those RV Ready generators? Are they any better than a Honda generator that needs an adapter…

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How to safely test for a hot-skin condition on your RV

Dear Mike, I’ve been following your newsletter and find it an excellent source of information. We live in the humid environment of southern Georgia and camp around the Southeast, which has been very wet, giving me some concern of the possible shock threat of “hot skin.” I’ve installed a permanent Progressive Industries EMS-HW30C electrical management system into our travel trailer.…

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Are you dumping your black tank correctly?

by Doug Swarts, Drain Master, Inc. Although dumping RV waste is a relatively simple process, it’s important to use both the proper equipment and procedure that ensures you will not cause a spill or get the contents on you or your clothes. The “Old School” or industry standard method has worked for more than 50 years and while it gets…

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Inverters 101: Understanding amps and volts

[Click images to enlarge] Hi Mike, Here’s a weird one regarding my 2017 F/R 34QS. Some information: I have a Magnum 2,000 watt pure sine wave inverter and four L16-6V 390Ah batteries along with three 160-watt solar panels and a 30-amp Go Power controller. The issue I have when I’m using the inverter (shore and generator not used) is this:…

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RV Electricity – Watt’s Up?

Watt’s Up? As promised, here’s the next installment of my Basic Electricity Course. Class is now in session…. If you’ve been reading along this far you already know about voltage (electrical pressure) and amperage (current flow). But one without the other is useless to us. In the end it all comes down to wattage. Get to Work  We’re going to…

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