RV Electricity – Portable space heater safety, Part 2

By Mike Sokol As promised, here’s Part 2 on space heater safety. Last week we discussed the wattage and amperage draw requirements of various wattage space heaters, and discussed electrical fires that can result from heat-damaged outlets and how using skinny extension cords and outlet strips can cause a fire. You can review Part 1 here.  This week we’ll discuss... Read More

RV Electricity – Electric space heater safety, Part 1

By Mike Sokol This is a special two-part article on a topic that’s not only seasonal, it’s very important to your safety, both in your home and your RV. This is about electric space heaters and how dangerous they can be if not used correctly.  Be sure to answer the poll at the bottom of this story where we ask... Read More

RV Electricity – Discussion of surge protector survey results

By Mike Sokol Last week RVtravel.com ran a survey asking which brand of surge protector you used, or if you used any surge protector at all. In a moment the results of that survey, but first I’ll write about a few comments you posted. (To read the survey click here.) First, Steve noted that even though he had a Surge... Read More

Do you use an EMS/Smart surge protector on your RV?

Many RVers use a basic surge protector when they hook up their RV to shore power. The more advanced surge protectors are sometimes called an EMS, which means Electrical Management System. Some of these “Smart” EMS surge protectors are built right into an RV, while others like those shown below plug into a power pedestal, and then the RV’s electrical... Read More

Power pedestal testing (including at COE campgrounds), Part 3

By Mike Sokol Here’s Part 3 of my article about testing pedestals, which includes U.S Army Corps of Engineers (COE) campgrounds that won’t allow you to use your own meter probes. For a review of Part 2 of the article, click here. As a recap, you might remember that some Corps of Engineers campgrounds are no longer allowing you to... Read More

Explaining converters, inverters and generators – Part 3

Do I need a generator? By Wolfe Rose In my last column, I explained why there just isn’t enough power stored in your batteries to run a sizable inverter for long. The amperage draw is damagingly aggressive, and it’s not realistic to carry the pickup truck full of batteries necessary to replicate an off-grid-house-size battery bank. Since you’re not creating... Read More

RV Electricity Newsletter by Mike Sokol – What’s new, you?

Dear Mike, What’s this I hear you’ll soon be starting your own RV Electricity Newsletter on RVtravel.com? What kind of topics will you be covering?– Mike Sokol Hey Mike, you sure are a good-looking guy… (Sorry, I can’t help myself) By golly, you’re right… I am indeed starting my own monthly RV Electricity Newsletter beginning this November, and need the... Read More

How to replace an RV TV

Dear Gary, My husband and I are RV “newbies” and my question will probably sound stupid to veteran RVers. The two TVs in our fifth wheel (probably original equipment) are dual voltage (12/120). I know that means they can work when hooked up at a campground or on battery power from the “house” batteries if not connected to “shore” power.... Read More