Basic voltage measurements at a campground pedestal

  I just had a phone call from a nervous camper that went something like this: Hey Mike, Guess I should have read your columns more closely, but just what are the lowest and highest voltage readings acceptable at a campground pedestal? —Chuck Chuck, it does get a bit confusing at times since the acceptable voltage in the U.S. has... Read More

Should you unplug your RV during a lightning storm?

RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury talks with RV electricity authority Mike Sokol of NoShockZone.org about whether it’s a good idea to unplug an RV from electric hookups during a lightning storm. Mike has the answer and an explanation about how a damaging strike can happen even if the strike occurs far away. Be sure to sign up for Mike’s new monthly... Read More

What’s a ground loop tester and do I need one?

  Hey Mike, I’ve read in several of your posts on various sites that you recommend a Ground Impedance Tester as the “Gold Standard.” What exactly is it and what does it cost? Should I use one for my own testing? —Stan B. Stan, So here’s the story on the Ground Loop Impedance Tester. These are pretty expensive devices for... Read More

Full-time RVing: Safe and happy with the 3/300 rule

By Greg Illes Before I bought my RV, I thought I knew a lot about driving around the country. With almost 50 years of driving experience and several cross-the-U.S. trips, I didn’t think I had much left to learn. Wrong! RVs are different vehicles. Not only do they proceed — shall we say — more sedately, but they coax us... Read More

Campground power pedestal testing, Part 2 (with Reader Poll)

  This is the follow-up article to my column from two weeks ago when I asked how many of you had measured electrical problems for your shore power. Here’s a link to the original article and survey.  As you can see, of the 813 readers who took the survey, 57% of them had encountered low or high voltage, reversed hot-neutral... Read More

RVers — Watch out for “helpful” con artists

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris A few years ago we were parked at a Utah Walmart when a man knocked on our door. He said he noticed we had a serious suspension problem with our trailer, and just wanted to let us know about it. He also helpfully pointed to a nearby service station, where, he said, we... Read More

Follow-up on LED bulb replacement dangers

  This week I’m going to circle back and continue the discussion about LED bulbs that were designed for CAN Bus use, and which overheat in an RV interior light application. But first, here’s a quick heads-up on the poll we took last week asking if you’ve ever encountered power at a campground that showed high or low voltage, or... Read More

A reminder of staying hyper-attentive while driving

It pays to be cautious when driving or towing your RV. You can’t stop as well as you can with a passenger car. In driver education classes, students are taught to always be aware of what is transpiring far ahead of them to avoid a surprise. An accident last Tuesday in Washington state illustrates that hyperawareness can be critical. In... Read More

Current Northwest wildfires seem unstoppable

  By Emily Woodbury RVtravel.com So far this year, 39,000 wildfires have burned 5,899,245 acres in the United States. With hundreds of campground closures, hiking trail closures and smoky-window views, people are asking, “What are the causes of all these fires and when will they stop?” Record dry conditions (“rainy” Seattle just broke its all-time record for days without rain),... Read More