Keep outside electric connections dry with Twist and Seal

  By Bob Difley When I was asked to review Twist and Seal’s line of protectors designed to keep electrical cord connections dry and safe from rain and snow it appeared initially to be a bit overkill. But then logic and my penchant for avoiding electrocution took over. After all, fiddling with electricity in wet environments should not be taken... Read More

Are all RV power adapters created equal?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris A regular reader sent us this interesting question: “I bought a popup camper a few years back that had the various plug adapters included. Last year I sold the popup and purchased a travel trailer, but kept those electrical adapters. Here is my question: Can electrical adapters be as safe as a dog bone... Read More

Use an inexpensive inverter to minimize generator runs

By Greg Illes Not very many of us like the sound of a generator — it’s regarded by most as a necessary evil. In some areas, there are significant restrictions on generator-use times. Add to this the need to “warm up” a generator before you put a real load on it, and running a generator becomes even more annoying. But... Read More

Avoid ‘frying’ appliances, electronics at RV parks

  It’s not unusual for your RV to be exposed to faulty campground electrical wiring like open neutral, open ground and reverse polarity. If ignored when hooking up at a campground or RV park, such conditions can damage or destroy appliances and expensive electronics. In this short video, Mark Polk demonstrates how several inexpensive Surge Guard RV Power Protectors can... Read More

Make plug-in electric heaters safer with SmartPlug

  By Bob Difley Portable heaters are a convenient way to ward off the season’s chill, but these devices increase amperage loads that poorly maintained electrical systems can’t handle. SmartPlug Systems, maker of the revolutionary SmartPlug, offers tips to identify potential safety hazards in a shore power system, and ways to safeguard against overheating and possible fire. With a traditional... Read More

RV electricity: Reader asks meaning of AC power

  Reader Question: Forgive my electrical ignorance but doesn’t “AC” mean “alternating current”? Does that mean that the hot and neutral wires are constantly reversing? Mike’s response: The “Hot” wire is also known as the “Line”, and it is indeed energized with 120 volts AC (in the USA). The Neutral wire is “bonded” to the earth ground rod(s) at the incoming... Read More