Can you be shocked by camping near high power lines?

Is it dangerous to park your RV beneath or even near high power lines? Could you or your RV be electrified to the point of causing potential danger? RV electricity expert Mike Sokol explains that, yes, your RV could indeed be electrified — up to 10,000 volts or so! Sound scary? Well, watch the video to learn the rest of…

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RV Electricity – Can water puddles shock you?

  Here’s a comment/question from last week’s article “What’s All This Electrical ‘Ground’ Stuff About?“ Dear Mike, I have a major concern. We host at a popular state park that has allowed some conditions to develop at several sites that allows water to stand after a rain that covers the pad and extends to around the power pedestal for a…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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