Airbag recalls continue: 34 million vehicles affected

(January 1, 2018) — Approximately 34 million vehicles are currently under recall for approximately 46 million defective Takata air bags that can explode when the air bag deploys, causing serious injury or even death. Additional air bags are scheduled to be recalled by December 2019, bringing the total number of affected air bags to around 65-70 million. Takata supplied these... Read More

RV Electricity – No~Shock~Zone by Mike Sokol – Issue 2

Issue 2 • December 31, 2017 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. Please consider supporting our efforts with a voluntary subscription. Subscribe to one of our many online newsletters (including this one) about RVing. From editor Mike... Read More

What’s all this electrical “ground” stuff about?

  Dear Mike, I had a problem a few months ago where the campground pedestal lost its ground, which gave my RV a hot-skin voltage. But I had my jacks down on the ground, so why didn’t that ground my RV? Are there different grounds or what? —Frank S. Dear Frank, I get this question a lot, so you’re in... Read More

How do you know if you have a (dangerous) miswired power pedestal?

Hey Mike, I didn’t see anything about phase protection in your last article. I realize on a 30-amp service it’s not an issue, but people should know on a 50-amp service it’s a big deal – because without it (phase protection) a miswired shore power pedestal can cause a serious overload on the neutral leg. How do you know when you... Read More

Echolocation technology enables safer backing up

Rear View Safety, a distributor of vehicle safety solutions, is looking toward 2018 with the release of the RVS-112-W Waterproof Backup Sensor Reversing System. An upgraded version of the flagship RVS-112 Backup Sensor Reversing System, all components of the RVS-112-W are waterproof, allowing the operator to install the control module outside the vehicle. This innovative feature gives the user flexibility... Read More

High-tech accessory has the power to be a lifesaver

Though the threat of being attacked in a campground or while boondocking is minimal, the threat still exists. And even just having a defensive device with you can provide confidence in your ability to protect yourself. The Defense Alert Device (D.A.D.) in this press release can be such a device – and it works on bears too. Unique features of... Read More

Keystone issues recall on more than 1.2 million RVs

Keystone RV Company is recalling more than 1.2 million 2003-2018 Coachmen, Dutchmen, and Keystone RVs equipped with Kidde Plastic-Handle or Push Button ‘Pindicator’ Fire Extinguishers. The extinguishers may become clogged, preventing the extinguisher from discharging as expected or excessive force may be needed to activate the extinguisher. Additionally, in certain models, the nozzle may detach from the valve assembly with... Read More

Thor recalling 110,400 towable RVs and motorhomes

Thor Motor Coach (Thor) is recalling various 2003-2018 motorhomes and towables RVs. Fifty different makes and models are involved in the recall which is critical to protection from a fire. See a list below of the RVs involved in the recall. The recreational vehicles were originally equipped with Kidde Plastic-Handle or Push Button ‘Pindicator’ Fire Extinguishers.  These extinguishers may become... Read More

RV Electricity – Surge Protector Evaluation

  Hi Mike, Your articles in the No~Shock~Zone are outstanding. Thank you for caring enough to share and help people like me stay safe as we head out on our first travel trailer/4000-mile/27-stop retirement trip. Boy, we really could be in trouble without the electrical know-how you have shared. We purchased a TRC Surge Guard RV Power Protection Model 34730... Read More

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