RV Electricity – (Printable) Pedestal Power Checklist

Dear Mike, The procedure at the top of the Pedestal Power article is great. But for newbies (or those of us who are just forgetful), a checklist we could print and keep with our surge protector and non contact voltage detector would be an awesome way to always have this info handy. —Carissa Dear Carissa, All you have to do…

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RV Electricity – No~Shock~Zone by Mike Sokol – Issue 9

Issue 9 • July 29, 2018 Brought to you as a public service by RVtravel.com. Support comes from our sponsors, advertisers and the contributions of readers, who believe that an educated RVer is a safe, happy RVer.  Subscribe to one of our many online newsletters (including this one) about RVing. Welcome … By Mike Sokol Here’s the latest update on…

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RV Electricity seminars in 2018

Everyone, As promised, I’m updating you on my RV Electricity seminars this summer and fall. Fun will be had by all since I do a lot of live demonstrations about electrical testing and safety. And if all goes well, Chuck Woodbury and I will be live streaming these seminars from Hershey on several media channels. Of course, if you can’t…

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RV Electricity – Pedestal power has changed in recent years

Pedestal Power By Mike Sokol Bigger outlets Today’s RVs have much greater power requirements than those of even 10 years ago. You have lots of appliances, so that single 20-amp outlet can’t provide enough current. This is when you need to step up to 30-amp outlets at the campsite. Let’s see how they’re wired. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of both…

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Your Sprinter RV cost too much? Blame chickens!

Road Signs Which came first? The Chicken Tax, the Sprinter or the Egg?  A lesson in tariffs and international trade By Mike Sokol This is not a political article, and I’m not taking sides. However, I believe that “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” This is the story of how a cheap chicken in the 1960s…

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RV Electricity – Using a Non-Contact Voltage Tester

Dear Mike, After reading your article on RV hot-skin voltage I ordered a Southwire 40126N Non-Contact Voltage Tester, but now wonder if it’s the correct tool. According to the directions it detects voltage by putting it near a hot plug. But will it also find a hot-skin voltage by putting it next to the skin of an RV? —John Baxley…

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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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RV wipes out, totaled, only 20 minutes after couple buy it

A couple’s new trailer was totaled 20 minutes after they bought it on Tuesday in Poulsbo, Wash. The couple, from Auburn, Wash., were heading south on SR-3 in the center lane around 3 p.m. when the travel trailer began to sway behind their Jeep Cherokee, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Chelsea Hodgson. The driver told troopers she was unable…

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