Make operation of your A/C in summer safer with SmartPlug

  By Bob Difley During the heat of summer, many RV owners turn on their air conditioning units. Whether portable or installed, they have serious power requirements that can strain and overload outdated, twist-type shore power systems. A safer approach is to use the revolutionary SmartPlug. Available in 30- or 50-amp models, the SmartPlug consists of an inlet and cordset... Read More

The readers write — with power!

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris Electric pedestal fears not groundless Mike Sokol, RVtravel.com’s resident electrical safety expert, had sent a response to an RVer concerned about a missing ground on an RV park power pedestal. This energized a number of readers to write their own comments, a portion of which we present: Tommy Molnar wondered about theft... Read More

Dutch company Epsilon solves RV battery limitations

  By Bob Difley A new lithium battery, developed by Dutch battery expert Super B, offers campers and boaters huge power and energy reserves, so people no longer have to worry about energy provision, charging points or limited power. The Epsilon weighs substantially less and will last five times longer than conventional batteries, is fully charged within one hour and... Read More

Phantom electrical loads can spoil your dry-camping adventure

  By Bob Difley Phantom loads are electrical connections to your batteries that continually draw power, however small. Loads that are run off the house batteries will not be a problem as they are slight. Since you will be charging your house batteries with solar panels or a wind turbine, generator, or by running your engine to keep up with... Read More

RV essential tools: Electrical multimeters

  By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is an article he wrote while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. There are many brands and kinds of multimeters, from inexpensive dollar store specials to Flukes and Extechs. While I’ll refrain from recommending any particular brand or mode, I will make a few recommendations for features.... Read More

Save money when buying LED lighting for your RV

  By Dave Helgeson Conserving 12 volt power is one of the many fundamentals of becoming a seasoned boondocker. Replacing the incandescent lights in your RV with LED lights is a great start. It’s as easy as changing a light bulb, literally! LED lights draw about one-tenth the amperage of the conventional RV bulbs while providing the same or in... Read More

RV generator blues: High temps and altitudes

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Traveling in Oregon’s high country in the height of summer may be hazardous to your comfort. Well, actually, traveling anywhere at high altitude, in high temps, if you’re depending on a generator to run your air conditioner, can lead to disappointment. We found this out when at 5,000 feet, and 105 degree weather,... Read More

Using a generator to power a trailer with GFCI outlets

  Hello Mike, I have a new mobile food trailer with GFCI outlets that is powered by a new Honda EU7000is generator. The last part of my permit process was passing electrical inspection, which I failed. The inspector said the electric problem is the outlets in the trailer having reverse polarity. He used one of these (right) to test the... Read More