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…

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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. Dear Readers ……

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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.…

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Generator ground rod confusion and clarification

Hi, Mike, In your efforts to make things clear, you’ve confused me (doesn’t take much, apparently). I’ve read in several of your articles where you say that grounding your RV with a ground rod doesn’t do anything to protect against hot skin, that the resistance is too high.  OK, that makes sense. Then in the March 5th RV Travel Daily…

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RV Electricity: What’s “the Code”? Find out here

Dear Mike, Everyone says you have to do this or that because its “the Code,” referring to the NEC [National Electrical Code], of course. For RVs, this gets even more interesting. The “Code” has no legal authority unless adopted by a local AHJ, as you are aware. And each AHJ can adopt, reject or modify “Code” provisions at will. Like…

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RV Electricity – No~Shock~Zone by Mike Sokol – Issue 4

Issue 4 • February 25, 2018 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 (or more) of our many online newsletters (including this one) about RVing. GFCIs:…

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RV Electricity – Forest River Forum RV hot-skin Q&A

From the Forest River Forums Originally Posted by DirtSquirt I replaced the valve on my black water flush out system today and noticed that when I touched any metal part of the frame of my trailer, I could feel an electrical current running through it! Not enough to really shock me, but certainly enough to cause some discomfort. It doesn’t…

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