RV Electricity – Hot grounds and the Stray Voltage Patrol

Dear Mike & Chuck, My wife and I love reading your newsletter – keep up the good work! I just finished reading the post regarding the note you received from Stephen Wickland and the hot-skin condition found at an RV park pedestal. I have been plugging into pedestals to support everything from pop-up trailers to a travel trailer to our current…

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Focus on “Stray Voltage.” What is it and why should you care?

Focus on Stray Voltage I’m declaring July official Hot-Skin/Stray Voltage month. For those of you who don’t know, an RV Hot-Skin occurs when the ground wire on an RV’s shore power feed is interrupted somehow. That allows even normal leakage currents inside of an RV to create a Stray Voltage on the entire RV, including its “skin,” chassis, wheels, hitch…

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Acrylic trays: The fast, easy way to organize your fridge

If you’re like most RVers, your refrigerator is packed with milk, eggs, fruit and all the cooking essentials necessary to keep your camping crew well-fed and happy. Unfortunately, those messy, overcrowded shelves often mean you can’t find the food you’re looking for when you need it. With a 6-Piece Refrigerator Organizer Set by Kitchen Shaq, food is properly arranged, stays in…

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RV Electricity – Generator Noise Pollution – Part 1

Generator Noise Pollution – Part 1 by Mike Sokol – All Rights Reserved I’ve had several recent emails about noisy generators bothering nearby campers. I guess it’s that time of year when everyone needs air conditioning in their RVs and no sane amount of solar panels and house batteries have enough power to run an air conditioner for more than…

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What makes a generator “RV Ready”?

Dear Mike, I’ve been thinking about buying a generator for my RV, but most of them have some sort of twist-lock plug that won’t connect to my RV shore power cord without an adapter plug. Is that adapter dangerous to use? And what about those RV Ready generators? Are they any better than a Honda generator that needs an adapter…

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How to safely test for a hot-skin condition on your RV

Dear Mike, I’ve been following your newsletter and find it an excellent source of information. We live in the humid environment of southern Georgia and camp around the Southeast, which has been very wet, giving me some concern of the possible shock threat of “hot skin.” I’ve installed a permanent Progressive Industries EMS-HW30C electrical management system into our travel trailer.…

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Inverters 101: Understanding amps and volts

[Click images to enlarge] Hi Mike, Here’s a weird one regarding my 2017 F/R 34QS. Some information: I have a Magnum 2,000 watt pure sine wave inverter and four L16-6V 390Ah batteries along with three 160-watt solar panels and a 30-amp Go Power controller. The issue I have when I’m using the inverter (shore and generator not used) is this:…

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