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 the story.

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Having a pacemaker should make you not stop at these type of locations as the RF can cause serious problems. These power lines near stop lights are also of concern for us pacemaker users. But then really old microwaves and new induction cooktops aren’t RF friendly either.

chuck kiefer

What are the human health issues with respect to any effects of being exposed to those electromagnetic fields on a long term basis?

Mike Sokol

I’ve talked to my local Potomac Edison Power linemen about this, and they tell me that if you park a bucket truck under high tension lines, that you better jump free of the cab before you touch the ground or you’ll get a pretty good shock. According to my engineering contacts at Bonneville Power, the max current in this situation should be less than 5mA which is not dangerous, and the electrical potential could be up as high as 10,000 volts. So if I connected a spark plug between a ground rod and the bumper of a big RV parked under 500,000 volt power lines, that it could cause the plug to spark continuously. that suggests that under the right conditions of high tension power lines hanging low enough to the ground, and a large RV parked directly under them, you could potentially get a shock like touching a lawn mower spark plug. That will get your attention in a hurry.

Dave Miner

Ow, Mike you nailed it! I was parked at a BJ’s in Waterford CT and it is located directly under high power lines. Great job and excellent information. Thank you!
Dave M.

Joel Lefkowitz

If I store my RV under a high tension line. Can the electricity transmitted by those lines damage or shorten the lives of my batteries or any other electric device. Everything in the coach is shut off when I store it including the inverter and battery disconnects but the Ford E450 chassis has a few things going on a trickle current.