Do you use an EMS/Smart surge protector on your RV?

Many RVers use a basic surge protector when they hook up their RV to shore power. The more advanced surge protectors are sometimes called an EMS, which means Electrical Management System. Some of these “Smart” EMS surge protectors are built right into an RV, while others like those shown below plug into a power pedestal, and then the RV’s electrical... Read More

Power pedestal testing (including at COE campgrounds), Part 3

By Mike Sokol Here’s Part 3 of my article about testing pedestals, which includes U.S Army Corps of Engineers (COE) campgrounds that won’t allow you to use your own meter probes. For a review of Part 2 of the article, click here. As a recap, you might remember that some Corps of Engineers campgrounds are no longer allowing you to... Read More

Solar flashlight and multi-function safety tool from Renogy

By Bob Difley With the spate of emergencies that are plaguing communities this year from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, it would pay to make sure we are prepared for our own emergencies, though trivial they may be compared to the living conditions suffered by residents of Puerto Rico, Houston, and other areas following their disasters. Putting together an emergency... Read More

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... Read More

Best demonstration of travel trailer sway danger

Trailer sway is dangerous and can ultimately prove deadly when it results in a crash. Here, we believe, is the best video demonstration of how trailer sway occurs and how to prevent it. Watch as a toy car pulls a trailer on a special treadmill where the load in the trailer can be switched easily from place to place —... Read More

Don’t be a carbon monoxide victim

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Nearly every new home built in the U.S. has them: carbon monoxide detectors. These little units can save your life. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and often deadly gas, the byproduct of incomplete combustion. The combustion source in an RV could be anything from an improperly operating furnace, water heater, oven,... Read More

Does coiled extension cord heat up in storage bucket?

Hey Mike, I was thinking about getting a bucket to store my shore power extension cord, or maybe even one of those fancy reels. But my neighbor who’s an electrician told me that the coil of wire will create some sort of induction heating effect and the wire will get hot. He recommends that I pull the entire extension cord... Read More

What power extension cord for RV parked 90 feet from outlet?

  Mike, I was reading an article you wrote about 30A pedestals. I’ve just purchased a piece of land and there’s a new 30A RV outlet. The problem is that the plug is 90 feet away from my RV parking. I’m trying to keep it near the connection to the septic system. The RV is a 30A travel trailer with... Read More