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Comments for Great RV Accessories Newsletter Issue 62

  • Emily,
    You are absolutely right regarding using the Kill-a-watt device to learn about and make note of the electrical uses of each device normally used in your RV. Another useful tool that dovetails well with this device is a website that provides you with the price of electricity in each of the US states as you travel, or plan to travel. This handy website is: https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2011/10/27/141766341/the-price-of-electricity-in-your-state

    I have also found another use for my Kill-a-watt device. Even though I always use a surge protector at the power pedestal, I also leave the Kill-a-watt plugged into a convenient outlet inside the RV and monitor incoming line voltage, especially when spaces start to fill up, to assure myself that my voltage remains within safe parameters. The digital readout of the plugged in device gives an accurate voltage readout, and tracks the accumulated Kwh while energized. I am not an electrician but this device has certainly helped to fill in the gaps in my understanding of electrical use.

    • Hi, Ray! Thanks so much for your note. Using the Kill A Watt to measure voltage within the parks is a great idea, especially to make sure everything remains safe. I will make note of this! Thanks for your advice and for attaching the NPR link as well – what a handy resource! Enjoy your Thanksgiving, Ray and stay safe! –Emily

  • I use one of these in my No~Shock~Zone seminars to monitor voltage as well. It also makes a great demonstration when comparing the relative power usage of incandescent vs. CFL vs. LED lights.

  • So I clicked on the link to buy the Atwood 32703 RV Carbon Monoxide Detector – LCD Digital, White on Amazon. The web site tells me it cannot be shipped the address selected. I live in Southern California. Is the seller in another country?

    • Sorry for the hassle, Chuck. I’ve checked on Amazon and found the same product through a different seller, and for a lower price. 😀 But they only have three left in stock, so you might want to check it out soon, if you want it. Hopefully there won’t be a problem with the shipping address. Maybe there was something missing or a typo when you put in your address? That’s the only reason I can figure out why your address wasn’t approved. Anyway, here’s the link to the product from another seller: http://amzn.to/2ziqHpW Thanks! I hope the order goes through for you. —Diane at RVtravel.com

  • Emily
    One note of caution in using the Kill a Watt. Some 1 star reviews state when checking wattage on a heater, it melts the Kill a Watt. The company will not stand behind the unit, even though the heater is within the measuring parameters. They tell you not to measure heaters. They don’t tell you that in the description.

  • As I’ve written in my last two RV Electricity columns, space heaters are in their own special category in terms of current draw. Chuck recently sent me the picture of a 15-amp power strip that burned up from a space heater. Anytime you run a space heater on full power (1,500 watts or so) for more than a few minutes you need to monitor their connections for overheating. Considering the number of fires they cause every heating season, I really don’t know how they’re still UL listed in the United States. In Europe they’re much safer because they’re running on 230-volts, which reduces their current draw to half of what they use in the USA. Interesting, isn’t it?

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