DIY – Safely welding on your RV

Hello Mike, I recently purchased a travel trailer and need to reweld the bumper support to the frame. Besides unhooking the battery, what other precautions must I take to protect the electrical system on my RV? The welder I’m using is a standard 120-volt unit. Thanks for your help. —Tim Kurta Hi Tim, That’s a great question. And I’m guessing... Read More

RV Electricity – Portable space heater safety, Part 2

By Mike Sokol As promised, here’s Part 2 on space heater safety. Last week we discussed the wattage and amperage draw requirements of various wattage space heaters, and discussed electrical fires that can result from heat-damaged outlets and how using skinny extension cords and outlet strips can cause a fire. You can review Part 1 here.  This week we’ll discuss... Read More

RV Electricity – Electric space heater safety, Part 1

By Mike Sokol This is a special two-part article on a topic that’s not only seasonal, it’s very important to your safety, both in your home and your RV. This is about electric space heaters and how dangerous they can be if not used correctly.  Be sure to answer the poll at the bottom of this story where we ask... Read More

RV Electricity – Discussion of surge protector survey results

By Mike Sokol Last week RVtravel.com ran a survey asking which brand of surge protector you used, or if you used any surge protector at all. In a moment the results of that survey, but first I’ll write about a few comments you posted. (To read the survey click here.) First, Steve noted that even though he had a Surge... Read More

Do you use an EMS/Smart surge protector on your RV?

Many RVers use a basic surge protector when they hook up their RV to shore power. The more advanced surge protectors are sometimes called an EMS, which means Electrical Management System. Some of these “Smart” EMS surge protectors are built right into an RV, while others like those shown below plug into a power pedestal, and then the RV’s electrical... Read More

Power pedestal testing (including at COE campgrounds), Part 3

By Mike Sokol Here’s Part 3 of my article about testing pedestals, which includes U.S Army Corps of Engineers (COE) campgrounds that won’t allow you to use your own meter probes. For a review of Part 2 of the article, click here. As a recap, you might remember that some Corps of Engineers campgrounds are no longer allowing you to... Read More

RV Electricity Newsletter by Mike Sokol – What’s new, you?

Dear Mike, What’s this I hear you’ll soon be starting your own RV Electricity Newsletter on RVtravel.com? What kind of topics will you be covering?– Mike Sokol Hey Mike, you sure are a good-looking guy… (Sorry, I can’t help myself) By golly, you’re right… I am indeed starting my own monthly RV Electricity Newsletter beginning this November, and need the... Read More

Does coiled extension cord heat up in storage bucket?

Hey Mike, I was thinking about getting a bucket to store my shore power extension cord, or maybe even one of those fancy reels. But my neighbor who’s an electrician told me that the coil of wire will create some sort of induction heating effect and the wire will get hot. He recommends that I pull the entire extension cord... Read More

What power extension cord for RV parked 90 feet from outlet?

  Mike, I was reading an article you wrote about 30A pedestals. I’ve just purchased a piece of land and there’s a new 30A RV outlet. The problem is that the plug is 90 feet away from my RV parking. I’m trying to keep it near the connection to the septic system. The RV is a 30A travel trailer with... Read More