Expensive mistake when installing 30-amp RV outlet at home

  RV Electricity with Mike Sokol Dear Mike, Thank you for bringing the miswiring issue to light. I have been a licensed journeyman electrician for over ten years, but when a customer asked me to install an outside 30-amp outlet for his RV in the driveway, I accidentally wired it up for 240 volts, NOT 120 volts. That was a... Read More

Is surge protector’s reading sufficient to be safe from “hot skin”?

  RV Electricity with Mike Sokol Dear Mike, Thank you so much for your discussion of “hot skin.” I recently got a shock touching my small trailer and found out I had a bad extension cord. A question: I use a surge protector between shore power and my trailer. The protector claims to detect lack of power, reversed polarity, open... Read More

How touching your RV could shock or even kill you

  By Chuck Woodbury, editor, RVtravel.com Please watch the short video below by Mike Sokol. Watching it could save your life one day! You may be familiar with Mike from his series on RV electric safety, The No Shock Zone. I highly recommend you read it, start to finish. Mike has now embarked on a video series of the same... Read More

No Shock Zone: Part Three: Testing campground outlets

  By Mike Sokol A July, 2010 survey in RVtravel.com revealed that 21 percent of RVers who responded had been shocked by their RV. Review the survey results at www.noshockzone.org/15. What follows is the third segment of a 12-part series about basic electricity for RV users and how to protect yourself and your family from shocks and possible electrocution. This... Read More