Is a surge protector enough to protect an RV?

By Mike Sokol Hey Mike, I’ve recently purchased the top Progressive EMS 30 Amp surge protector which seems to work great. I now have several extra test gadgets (the Fluke Non-Contact Voltage Detector, as a example) and wonder if I need to hold on to them. Can I now just plug into pedestal power and not worry about extra electrical testing?... Read More

Brake Buddy introduces new lightweight portable brake system

  Since its inception in 1996, one of the more popular lines of supplemental brake systems for vehicles being towed behind motorhomes is the Brake Buddy by Hopkins Manufacturing Corp. For 2018, the company is introducing a new lightweight portable model in both the Classic and Vantage series. Manufacturer’s representative Jeff Hostetler of Tom Manning & Associates said both models... Read More

RV Electricity – Overloaded wires – What’s the big deal?

By Mike Sokol Dear Mike, You’re always warning us about overloaded wiring, but what can really happen if that occurs? Does the overloaded wiring just get hot, or can it actually catch on fire? —Caleb Dear Caleb, While I can quote code chapter and verse from the code book all day long about current ratings, and even produce my own... Read More

Surge Guard announces lifetime warranty for RV products

Southwire Company, LLC, has announced a new warranty for its line of Surge Guard products. The new warranty includes lifetime equipment coverage for all Surge Guard products, and includes connected equipment coverage to protect appliances in the RV like TVs and microwaves against costly damage resulting from transient voltage surges or spikes. The new warranty applies to all Surge Guard... Read More

RV Electricity – No~Shock~Zone by Mike Sokol – Issue 1

Issue 1 • November 26, 2017 Brought to you as a public service by RVtravel.com.  Subscribe to one of our many online newsletters (including this one) about RVing. Everything you wanted to know about RV electrical systems but were afraid to ask…   OK, you all asked for it. The more I write about RV electrical systems, the more questions... Read More

Buying a bargain-priced “flooded” RV? Beware!

Dear Gary, I’m thinking of buying a previously flooded travel trailer off a salvage site. The unit was in a freshwater flood with water sitting in there for about 15 days before it was cleaned up. Water was up over the fuse panel but the batteries were not hooked up and it wasn’t plugged in at the time of flooding.... Read More

RV Electricity – Quick Tips #01 – Sparks

Quick Tips #01 – Turn breakers off before plugging or unplugging Contrary to what you might think, the bright yellow and green sparks you see when unplugging an extension cord or the shore power plug are not electrons zipping around, but rather tiny bits of super-heated copper burning in the air. Where does that burning metal come from? Well, it... Read More

RV Electricity – Quick Tips #02 – Lightning Safety

Is it safe to stay in my RV during a lightning storm? I know an automobile or truck is a safe place to be  during a  thunderstorm with lightning, because you are basically in a metal box. How about our fiberglass RVs? Are we protected in any way from lightning or should we head for our vehicle? —Walt L. (Boulder,... Read More