DIY: Safe way to test the ground wire “bond” to the RV frame

  Dear Mike, You talk a lot about RV grounding and bonding, and I understand that the frame of the RV is supposed to be connected to the green ground wire. But exactly how is the ground wire connected to the RV frame and is there a definitive test for this? —Eddie Dear Eddie, Yes, you are correct that the... Read More

RV driving: Understanding grade signs

By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you’re new to RVing, or have spent your time in the Midwest flatlands, first hitting mountain country can be a bit of an eye-opener. Those yellow warning signs that talk about a “steep grade,” often accompanied by a percentage number, can be confusing. Road grades seem mysterious at first, but really are simple.... 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

Child dies from touching the family RV

  By Chuck Woodbury Chuck (at) RVtravel.com Please answer our poll below: Have you ever been shocked by touching an RV (UPDATE, MAY 12, 2017) — I wrote this article three years ago in response to the death of a 3-year-old boy, who was electrocuted by simply touching his family’s Airstream trailer. The trailer was experiencing what is known as a “hot skin” condition.... 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

Use your RV levelers to lift a tire off the ground?

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris One of the biggest “helpers” that Class A motorhome owners often have is a good leveler system. At the push of a button or two, their rig is soon leveled up and stable, ready for an overnight, or weeks, without fussing with blocks, jacks, and the in-and-out of the cab that other RV... 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

NuLock defies thieves, keeps your stuff safe

  By Bob Difley Though petty theft seems to be a fact of life, fortunately not all of us have been victims – yet. But it could happen to us anywhere, anytime, so most of us take precautions against thievery. However, our precautions are often half-hearted and frequently ineffective against the innovative thief class. I was reminded of this when... 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