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

RVer asks about plugging 30 amp RV into 50 amp service

A question from an RVtravel.com reader to Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor. Dear Gary,Our motorhome has 30 amp service. We’ll be camping in the near future but the site has 50 amp service. I have a 50 amp to 30 amp dogbone adapter but a 30-amp surge protector. Can I place the surge protector after the 50 amp to 30... Read More

How touching your RV could shock or even kill you

  By Chuck Woodbury, editor, RVtravel.com Please watch the short video below by Mike Sokol. Watching it could save your life one day! You may be familiar with Mike from his series on RV electric safety, The No Shock Zone. I highly recommend you read it, start to finish. Mike has now embarked on a video series of the same... Read More

Three-year old boy killed when he touched RV: Why?

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician As of 2011, approximately 8.9 million households owned an RV, and with numbers like that RV accidents are very few. That said, we were recently reminded that even a safe RV can kill if plugged into a bad electrical source. I was reminded twice. RVTravel Channel viewers saw our special video where we reported... Read More

Improve your RV’s drinking water with Camco filter

The Camco TastePURE KDF/Carbon RV Water Filter is a convenient filter for RVers who want to improve the quality of the water they bring into their RV, at minimal cost. The filter, which the company says will last an entire season, contains KDF, or Kinetic Degradation Fluxion, which creates zinc oxide in the cartridge which kills bacteria, stops it from... Read More

How to protect your RV’s electrical system

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician A reader wrote in recently who had heard about RVs getting fried by bad wiring in campgrounds, and asked if I would recommend purchasing a surge protector for an RV to help prevent this. I highly recommend surge protectors. I have worked on numerous RVs over the years that suffered electrical problems caused by... Read More