RV Electricity Newsletter by Mike Sokol – What’s new, you?

RV Electricity Newsletter by Mike Sokol – What’s new, you?

Dear Mike,
What’s this I hear you’ll soon be starting your own RV Electricity Newsletter on RVtravel.com? What kind of topics will you be covering?– Mike Sokol

Hey Mike, you sure are a good-looking guy… (Sorry, I can’t help myself)
By golly, you’re right… I am indeed starting my own monthly RV Electricity Newsletter beginning this November, and need the help of all my RVtravel.com readers to make it great. So here’s what you can do.

Tell me some of the most important electrical topics you want to see covered.
For example, do you want to learn more about campsite electrical hookups? How about shore power load calculations? Interested in Solar and Wind Power? LED lighting conversions? All those I can do easily. Also, while I’m primarily an AC power guy,  I do have a  lot of experience with charging systems for large batteries used in things like industrial UPS converters and fork trucks. For the nitty-gritty on topics such as battery charging cycles and such I’ll get a factory engineer to explain details. Plus I can always lean on the RV Doctor to answer an occasional question on RV batteries since he has a wealth of knowledge on DC circuits in RVs.

Guest articles
While I can’t promise you an in-depth interview with George Clooney or Penelope Cruz, I can probably wrangle an answer or two from some big RV suppliers who provide electrical parts for the industry. And they might submit a short article on a topic like ethanol use in generators or whatever. So who do you want me to tap for this section, and what should I ask him or her?

Q&A’s
I’ll continue my regular weekly column here in the RVtravel.com newsletter, so I can use all the fresh questions you can send me. No question is too simple or too complicated as long as it’s electricity related. Just email them to mike (at) noshockzone.org with the heading “Newsletter” and I’ll put you on the list to answer. 

Video shorts
I have my own A-V production studio and can easily come up with a 3-minute video for each issue on topics such as how to meter a campsite pedestal, checking the voltage on a house battery, how to test for hot-skin voltage on your RV, checking RV electrical systems for loose screws, generator grounding and bonding, safety in electrical storms, etc. Just post your ideas for future videos and I’ll put them in the queue.

Please don’t ask me to cover the following topics:
Black tanks, gray tanks, plaid tanks (if there is such a thing), etc… Sewage hookups, fresh water capacity, tire load safety, cooking tips, etc… Just don’t ask me.

Anything else?
If you have any other ideas, please send them along any time. With your help I’ll be able to create a newsletter worthy of your time to read.

Sign up for my new newsletter – Here

Let’s play safe out there….

Mike Sokol

Mike Sokol is an electrical and professional sound expert with 40 years in the industry. Visit NoShockZone.org for more electrical safety tips. His excellent book RV Electrical Safety is available at Amazon.com. For more info on Mike’s qualifications as an electrical expert, click here.

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8 thoughts on “RV Electricity Newsletter by Mike Sokol – What’s new, you?

  1. popeye

    Mike
    I’m thinking of adding a suitcase size standing wave reactor to power my processing rack .
    Would you have any idea how to shield it so my Lexicon doesn’t hum along with the music?

    JUST KIDDING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Congrats on the newsletter gig !

    (That other OSM , popeye )

    1. Mike Sokol

      For those of you not in the pro-sound industry, here’s a link to the OSM (Old SoundMan) column on ProSoundWeb.com. There’s no denying the love of the Old Soundman.
      http://www.prosoundweb.com/topics/sound_reinforcement/the_old_soundman_fending_off_sadistic_sidemen/#

  2. Dr. Mike

    Mike,

    Retired aerospace engineer here. I can build satellites, but don’t ask me how my RV electrical system works.

    Over the last 6 years of RVing, here are some of the things that I’ve spent countless hours researching. I’m sure others have had the same questions.

    – How to check out a campground pedestal to be sure it won’t fry your RV.
    – How to buy a surge protector with remote display that does the above for you.
    – How to install said surge protector (and not kill myself).
    – What to look for in a new inverter/charger.
    – How to install a new inverter/charger (and not kill myself).
    – Configuring my inverter/charger for best performance.
    – Batteries — what in the heck is equalization, and do I need to do it?
    – Autoformers. Huh? Some kind of articulating kids toy, or useful?
    – How to safely install an A/C hard start kit
    – Upgrading to LEDs — kinds, sources, and expectations.
    – Troubleshooting inoperative systems
    – Identifying chassis vs house problems.
    – Advanced upgrades — how to add a load-shedding/power control system.
    – Solar. Types of equipment? How much do I need? Installing so that I don’t kill myself (is there a theme here?).
    – Wind. Same as above.

    Looking forward to your newsletter!

  3. Tommy Molnar

    I have an old Air 404 wind generator sitting in my shop for over 20 years now, unused. The problem is figuring out how to set it up so it it’s mobile and easy to put up and take down. Everyone who has ever mounted one on the trailer ladder says it vibrates and makes unacceptable noise. So here it sits waiting for a great idea . . .

  4. Ken

    Mike,

    From time to time I have to troubleshoot an electrical or electronic device with a large capacitor. I learned from my dad MANY years ago how to discharge a TV capacitor for the high voltage picture tube which resulted in a huge “pop” when I shorted the capacitor to the chassis. Probably not the smartest thing to do now with sensitive electronic controls involved!

    How do you recommend discharging the capacitor on an RV air conditioner or even a residential microwave so that when working on it, I don’t become the discharge path and zap myself, causing me to flinch and injure myself and scare the cat?

  5. Bob

    Mike
    I have been reading about buck and boost transformers to either raise or (in rare cases lower) pedestal voltage. I understand they can cost substantially less than the autoformer system.
    Can you explain and provide drawing on how it works and can be set up.

    Thanks

  6. Rob

    Currently, have a solar array on my 5er and would be interested in learning about wind systems for my 5er and my house. I found a lot of the Provincial parks in Ontario Canada aren’t ideal for solar as the sites are generally sun blocking with lots of trees. Adding wind would most likely be enough to keep my battery bank topped up.

  7. Barbara

    For your new newsletter:
    Solar/Wind: How and what to use when; how to regulate, monitor and interconnect with AC and batteries in a travel trailer; and ESPECIALLY interested in solar used properly to charge the battery during storage.
    Tools: What is best to have when…
    Power Control Systems: good, bad and the ugly
    Looking forward to following your newsletter.

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