RV Electricity – Pedestal power has changed in recent years

Pedestal Power By Mike Sokol Bigger outlets Today’s RVs have much greater power requirements than those of even 10 years ago. You have lots of appliances, so that single 20-amp outlet can’t provide enough current. This is when you need to step up to 30-amp outlets at the campsite. Let’s see how they’re wired. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of both…

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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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Focus on “Stray Voltage.” What is it and why should you care?

Focus on Stray Voltage I’m declaring July official Hot-Skin/Stray Voltage month. For those of you who don’t know, an RV Hot-Skin occurs when the ground wire on an RV’s shore power feed is interrupted somehow. That allows even normal leakage currents inside of an RV to create a Stray Voltage on the entire RV, including its “skin,” chassis, wheels, hitch…

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Acrylic trays: The fast, easy way to organize your fridge

If you’re like most RVers, your refrigerator is packed with milk, eggs, fruit and all the cooking essentials necessary to keep your camping crew well-fed and happy. Unfortunately, those messy, overcrowded shelves often mean you can’t find the food you’re looking for when you need it. With a 6-Piece Refrigerator Organizer Set by Kitchen Shaq, food is properly arranged, stays in…

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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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