RV’s power outlets are melting. Help!

Dear Mike, I noticed the outlet for our microwave in the motorhome had started to melt. Upon removal of the outlet I saw that the wires connections were not screws but pressed into a pronged connection. I replaced the outlet with a standard screw-type outlet. I checked other outlets and discovered the one to the washing machine also was burned…

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Worries about tornadoes, and a video of RVs getting blown over

By Chuck Woodbury I have never before spent this time of the year in the Midwest. I never thought anything about monster lightning storms, golf-ball-sized hail storms and tornadoes. We don’t have those in the West. We have earthquakes. But for me, having been in a dozen earthquakes and never having a problem except a touch of motion sickness two…

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RV Electricity – No~Shock~Zone by Mike Sokol – Issue 6

Issue 6 • April 29, 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 of our many online newsletters (including this one) about RVing. Mike to…

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Don’t let Death Valley be the death of you

By Bob Difley When I was in the RV rental business a majority of our summer rental business came from Europe – Germany and England primarily. The Germans were especially interested in traveling to Death Valley and no amount of persuasion could dissuade them from visiting – even advising them that travel in Death Valley voided their insurance because of…

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Distracted driving is deadly driving

By Russ and Tiña De Maris April is Distracted Driving Awareness month. Is the situation of such serious concern that it needs its own month? Consider: Every day across the U.S. about nine people die in traffic incidents related to distracted driving – that’s pushing 10 percent of the total auto incident death toll. Yep, about as serious as a…

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Don’t let snakes frighten you out of RV country

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Boondocking – traveling out away in the “boonies” and away from traditional campgrounds and hookups – has its own variety of knowledge base. Recently an RVer who contemplated trying boondocking inquired of other RVers, “What about snakes?” It’s not uncommon to be a bit fearful of snakes, and when you get out away from…

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Do I need an “intelligent” surge protector for 50-amp shore power?

Dear Mike, Thanks for your recent articles on why an intelligent surge protector is needed for 30A service. But would this also apply to 50A service? I have been reading these articles and did the survey, but then realized everything you wrote has been about 30A plugs and service. —John G. Dear John, While it does seem like all I’m…

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