## RV Electricity – Can a 9-volt battery start a fire in your RV?

Dear Mike, I recently read where a 9-volt battery thrown away in a trash can started a fire in a garage. Can this really happen? What do we have to do to keep safe in our RVs? —Donny F. Dear Donny, In a word, YES, a 9-volt battery can start a fire. So let’s explore why a 9-volt battery can…

## RV Electricity – Can reversed polarity shock you?

Dear Mike, Your No~Shock~Zone articles are some of the best I’ve ever read about RV electricity. Thanks for educating all of us “non-electrical” types. So here’s my question: During a trip on my boat to the Erie Canal, we had one guy checking electrical outlet polarity, something I never really quite understood. He found many outlets with the wrong…

## RV Electricity – Odds and ends

Everyone, There have been so many interesting developments in the last week that I’ve decided to cover several important ones in this column. So buckle up and let’s get to it …. Test voltage before plugging into shore power! Chuck is always on the lookout for important postings on other forums (where does he find the time?) and here’s one…

Life lessons are all around us, if only we pay attention to them. Last year on a 1,100-mile drive back from Florida to Maryland, I witnessed something that reminded me of a Pat Benatar concert I once worked. I’ll start with Rose at the Comfort Inn first. I travel a lot as a seminar instructor. So, like the Bob Seger…

## RV Electricity – Does ground size in extension cord matter?

Dear Mike, When I went shopping for a 50-amp extension cord for our 5th wheel, I was surprised (shocked?) to find that they seem to all contain three #6 gauge conductors and one #8 gauge conductor. I’m assuming that the #8 gauge line is the ground. But whether it is ground or neutral, I’m surprised that one of the leads…

## RV Electricity – Is this non-contact voltage tester on?

Dear Mike, I just finished reading your book “RV Electrical Safety” twice.  You have demystified things I’ve only guessed at for years.  I now feel more comfortable working around the pedestal and connecting my RV to shore power at campsites.  Thanks for all that you do to help keep us RVers safe around electricity. I have a 30-amp outlet…

## Electrical reference graphics to print and save

Dear Mike, First… Thank you for your No~Shock~Zone book on RV Electrical Safety. I’m only half through and love it. The way you explain things is wonderful and easy to understand. Also following you on RVtravel each week. My question is, the book is black and white and I would really like to make some quick reference guides (laminated) to…

## RV Electricity – Can water puddles shock you?

Here’s a comment/question from last week’s article “What’s All This Electrical ‘Ground’ Stuff About?“ Dear Mike, I have a major concern. We host at a popular state park that has allowed some conditions to develop at several sites that allows water to stand after a rain that covers the pad and extends to around the power pedestal for a…

## RV Electricity – No~Shock~Zone by Mike Sokol – Issue 2

Issue 2 • December 31, 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. From editor Mike…

## What’s all this electrical “ground” stuff about?

Dear Mike, I had a problem a few months ago where the campground pedestal lost its ground, which gave my RV a hot-skin voltage. But I had my jacks down on the ground, so why didn’t that ground my RV? Are there different grounds or what? —Frank S. Dear Frank, I get this question a lot, so you’re in…