No smoking – especially in shore power connections

By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. Dear Chris, A couple weekends ago, we were using close to the rated 30-amp draw on our trailer with fridge, water heater, periodic microwave, HVAC, etc., when my son suddenly told me that…

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RV Electricity – Does ground size in extension cord matter?

Dear Mike, When I went shopping for a 50-amp extension cord for our 5th wheel, I was surprised (shocked?) to find that they seem to all contain three #6 gauge conductors and one #8 gauge conductor. I’m assuming that the #8 gauge line is the ground. But whether it is ground or neutral, I’m surprised that one of the leads…

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Protect your RV from improper campground hookup

In the course of your RVing life you will encounter many ranges of electrical systems, well-maintained and regularly checked and – not so much. But the not-so-much system may be where you have to connect your RV to the campground or RV resort’s electrical system. Don’t assume that all these systems will be up to snuff.  The Camco 30M/30F AMP…

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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 Mods: Is a “solar ready” RV right for your needs?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris As you stroll through the miles of aisles at the big RV shows, be prepared for a new offer from some of the RV manufacturers. At first glance it might seem like something far more practical than the usual “bling” thrown at RV shoppers – it’s the feature that calls itself “Solar Ready!” Most…

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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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Take care with your RV generator switchovers

Got a “built-in” RV generator? Don’t have to “plug and unplug” shore power cords when switching from shore power to the genset? Then you have an ATS (automatic transfer switch). They’re convenient, indeed, as the rest of us without them have to go outside, typically open a door, and plug the shore power cord into a special receptacle fed by…

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