RV Electricity – Can reversed polarity shock you?

  Dear Mike, Your No~Shock~Zone articles are some of the best I’ve ever read about RV electricity. Thanks for educating all of us “non-electrical” types. So here’s my question: During a trip on my boat to the Erie Canal, we had one guy checking electrical outlet polarity, something I never really quite understood. He found many outlets with the wrong... Read More

RV Electricity – Odds and ends

Everyone, There have been so many interesting developments in the last week that I’ve decided to cover several important ones in this column. So buckle up and let’s get to it …. Test voltage before plugging into shore power! Chuck is always on the lookout for important postings on other forums (where does he find the time?) and here’s one... Read More

RV Electricity – Is this non-contact voltage tester on?

  Dear Mike, I just finished reading your book “RV Electrical Safety” twice.  You have demystified things I’ve only guessed at for years.  I now feel more comfortable working around the pedestal and connecting my RV to shore power at campsites.  Thanks for all that you do to help keep us RVers safe around electricity. I have a 30-amp outlet... Read More

Electrical reference graphics to print and save

Dear Mike, First… Thank you for your No~Shock~Zone book on RV Electrical Safety. I’m only half through and love it. The way you explain things is wonderful and easy to understand. Also following you on RVtravel each week. My question is, the book is black and white and I would really like to make some quick reference guides (laminated) to... Read More

RV Electricity – Can water puddles shock you?

  Here’s a comment/question from last week’s article “What’s All This Electrical ‘Ground’ Stuff About?“ Dear Mike, I have a major concern. We host at a popular state park that has allowed some conditions to develop at several sites that allows water to stand after a rain that covers the pad and extends to around the power pedestal for a... Read More

What’s all this electrical “ground” stuff about?

  Dear Mike, I had a problem a few months ago where the campground pedestal lost its ground, which gave my RV a hot-skin voltage. But I had my jacks down on the ground, so why didn’t that ground my RV? Are there different grounds or what? —Frank S. Dear Frank, I get this question a lot, so you’re in... Read More

How do you know if you have a (dangerous) miswired power pedestal?

Hey Mike, I didn’t see anything about phase protection in your last article. I realize on a 30-amp service it’s not an issue, but people should know on a 50-amp service it’s a big deal – because without it (phase protection) a miswired shore power pedestal can cause a serious overload on the neutral leg. How do you know when you... Read More

RV Electricity – Surge Protector Evaluation

  Hi Mike, Your articles in the No~Shock~Zone are outstanding. Thank you for caring enough to share and help people like me stay safe as we head out on our first travel trailer/4000-mile/27-stop retirement trip. Boy, we really could be in trouble without the electrical know-how you have shared. We purchased a TRC Surge Guard RV Power Protection Model 34730... Read More

Is a surge protector enough to protect an RV?

By Mike Sokol Hey Mike, I’ve recently purchased the top Progressive EMS 30 Amp surge protector which seems to work great. I now have several extra test gadgets (the Fluke Non-Contact Voltage Detector, as a example) and wonder if I need to hold on to them. Can I now just plug into pedestal power and not worry about extra electrical testing?... Read More

RV Electricity – Overloaded wires – What’s the big deal?

By Mike Sokol Dear Mike, You’re always warning us about overloaded wiring, but what can really happen if that occurs? Does the overloaded wiring just get hot, or can it actually catch on fire? —Caleb Dear Caleb, While I can quote code chapter and verse from the code book all day long about current ratings, and even produce my own... Read More