Distracted driving is deadly driving

By Russ and Tiña De Maris April is Distracted Driving Awareness month. Is the situation of such serious concern that it needs its own month? Consider: Every day across the U.S. about nine people die in traffic incidents related to distracted driving – that’s pushing 10 percent of the total auto incident death toll. Yep, about as serious as a... Read More

Don’t let snakes frighten you out of RV country

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Boondocking – traveling out away in the “boonies” and away from traditional campgrounds and hookups – has its own variety of knowledge base. Recently an RVer who contemplated trying boondocking inquired of other RVers, “What about snakes?” It’s not uncommon to be a bit fearful of snakes, and when you get out away from... Read More

Do I need an “intelligent” surge protector for 50-amp shore power?

Dear Mike, Thanks for your recent articles on why an intelligent surge protector is needed for 30A service. But would this also apply to 50A service? I have been reading these articles and did the survey, but then realized everything you wrote has been about 30A plugs and service. —John G. Dear John, While it does seem like all I’m... Read More

New product detects objects in driver’s blind spot

Just in time for spring, Rear View Safety has unveiled its new microwave blind spot sensor system designed for RVs and other large vehicles. The RVS-122 Microwave Blind Spot Sensor System, which places sensors behind the side paneling of the vehicle, requires no drilling to install. When activated, the driver is given visual and audio alerts when an object enters... Read More

Why you need an intelligent surge protector

I’ve written a number of articles here about surge protectors and the difference between intelligent and basic models. The overview is that basic surge protectors usually cost less than $100 and offer protection from nearby lightning strikes and voltage spikes on the incoming power line. However, they can’t protect your RV from an over-voltage condition that occurs if you happen... Read More

RV Electricity – No~Shock~Zone by Mike Sokol – Issue 5

Issue 5 • March 25, 2017 Brought to you as a public service by RVtravel.com. Support comes from our sponsors, advertisers and the contributions of readers, who believe that an educated RVer is a safe, happy RVer. Please consider supporting our efforts with a voluntary subscription. Subscribe to one of our many online newsletters (including this one) about RVing. Mike to speak... Read More

RV Electricity – Ground rod testing Part 1

Mike, Is it possible to use normal measurement tools such as a multi-meter, surge protector, or Klein dual voltage no-contact tester, to simply measure the effectiveness of a “ground rod”? I know that not all soil conditions will ground the same. I try to be very thorough prior to connecting to shore power to prevent damage to my motorhome electronics.... Read More