Stay safer with Towpower’s HAZARD LED roadside warning device

  Information obtained from press release. SOLON, Ohio, (August 11, 2017) – REESE® Towpower has designed the innovative POD HAZARD LED roadside warning and work light device. It’s not only an ideal LED warning solution for motorists who stop their vehicle near passing motorists during a roadside emergency, it’s also a convenient work light for any possible situation. The bright…

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RVers should know about these emergency weather services

By Emily Woodbury STAFF WRITER I wish I didn’t have to write this article, and I wish that half of our “America the Beautiful” wasn’t covered in either water or flames, but, sadly, there’s no stopping Mother Nature when she decides to roar.  As RVers, we often travel in places where disaster may strike, and sometimes we may not even…

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Basic voltage measurements at a campground pedestal

  I just had a phone call from a nervous camper that went something like this: Hey Mike, Guess I should have read your columns more closely, but just what are the lowest and highest voltage readings acceptable at a campground pedestal? —Chuck Chuck, it does get a bit confusing at times since the acceptable voltage in the U.S. has…

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Should you unplug your RV during a lightning storm?

RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury talks with RV electricity authority Mike Sokol of NoShockZone.org about whether it’s a good idea to unplug an RV from electric hookups during a lightning storm. Mike has the answer and an explanation about how a damaging strike can happen even if the strike occurs far away. Be sure to sign up for Mike’s new monthly…

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What’s a ground loop tester and do I need one?

  Hey Mike, I’ve read in several of your posts on various sites that you recommend a Ground Impedance Tester as the “Gold Standard.” What exactly is it and what does it cost? Should I use one for my own testing? —Stan B. Stan, So here’s the story on the Ground Loop Impedance Tester. These are pretty expensive devices for…

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Full-time RVing: Safe and happy with the 3/300 rule

By Greg Illes Before I bought my RV, I thought I knew a lot about driving around the country. With almost 50 years of driving experience and several cross-the-U.S. trips, I didn’t think I had much left to learn. Wrong! RVs are different vehicles. Not only do they proceed — shall we say — more sedately, but they coax us…

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Campground power pedestal testing, Part 2 (with Reader Poll)

  This is the follow-up article to my column from two weeks ago when I asked how many of you had measured electrical problems for your shore power. Here’s a link to the original article and survey.  As you can see, of the 813 readers who took the survey, 57% of them had encountered low or high voltage, reversed hot-neutral…

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RVers — Watch out for “helpful” con artists

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris A few years ago we were parked at a Utah Walmart when a man knocked on our door. He said he noticed we had a serious suspension problem with our trailer, and just wanted to let us know about it. He also helpfully pointed to a nearby service station, where, he said, we…

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Follow-up on LED bulb replacement dangers

  This week I’m going to circle back and continue the discussion about LED bulbs that were designed for CAN Bus use, and which overheat in an RV interior light application. But first, here’s a quick heads-up on the poll we took last week asking if you’ve ever encountered power at a campground that showed high or low voltage, or…

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