RV Mods: Here’s a use for your fridge front!

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris RVers live in small spaces, and making all that we can of that space just makes sense. Much has been said about increasing kitchen storage capacity by adding extra shelves, conquering “dead space” and using your microwave oven as a storage area. But here’s an area that’s rarely thought of: the front of... Read More

Can RV parking under power lines cause a dangerous ‘hot skin’ condition?

  Dear Mike, I’ve been reading about hot-skin voltages on your No-Shock-Zone site for a while and have come up with a really strange one. We unplugged from a campground and drove several hundred miles before pulling into a storage facility. But when I got out and knelt on the wet ground to check my tire pressure and touched the... Read More

Do you use additives in your RV’s toilet tank?

  Do you add chemicals or other additives to your RV’s black water (sewer) tank? Some RVers believe they are necessary, while others, including some RV waste management experts, say they are not. How about you? Do you use or not use? Please feel free to leave a comment (at bottom of page). Got a few minutes? Want to read... Read More

Hooking up 50-amp trailer to 30-amp service at campground

  Hello Mike, If you have a 50-amp trailer and 30-amp service is the only service available at the campground post, can you show me a wiring schematic of the adapter pigtail I would use to adapt from 30-amp service to a 50-amp trailer. When we run across this situation I am always curious how this adapter can supply power... Read More

Full-time RVing: Keeping the peace in a small space

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris I’m not sexist — and I don’t think the “better half” is either. Nevertheless, it seems that the male of the species comes in for a larger share of criticism, particularly in regard to “good nest-keeping.” It seems the habits of men are the basis for plenty of humor in sitcoms; in the... Read More

How generator neutral-ground bonding for an RV works

  Hi Mike, First off, let me thank you for all the hard work you’ve put into No~Shock~Zone. It has been so educational as a new trailer owner and a new father who will soon be taking my son camping for the first time. Thank you! I am an electrical utility worker in a power plant and have a decent... Read More

Online resource explains motorhome electrical systems

  A new e-learning video is now available from Progressive Dynamics, Inc. as part of its Online Learning Center. Available on the company’s website, the informational and interactive video features electrical systems and components of standard RVs and motorhomes.  A layout for a standard RV/motorhome is available with each component labeled and with the ability to click each component for... Read More

Boondocking: Shake, rattle and roll

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Dear Bob, I’ve just begun boondocking and have traveled down some bumpy dirt roads looking for boondocking campsites, but it occurred to me that my motorhome is taking more of a beating than just driving on highways. Are there any critical problems that this kind of use could cause that I... Read More

Proper RV chassis grounding to prevent “hot skin” condition

  Dear Mike, I stumbled on noshockzone.org and it has been very informative. Thanks for the time you have put into it. I am in the process of wiring a subpanel inside an enclosed trailer and have been reading that the ground should be attached to the trailer frame. Is that the best place to attach the ground? By doing... Read More

Beware of dangerous “Reflected Hot-Skin Condition”!

  Hello, Mike, I just happened across your YouTube video on camper hot-skin conditions and I had to relate my first experience with it. We were at a campground that had at least 8 campers plugged into a particular 30-amp electrical leg (if that is what it would be called). We had arrived earlier in the day and had no... Read More