Friday, December 1, 2023


Do you unhook from electricity during a big lightning storm?

When lightning is headed your way, and the weather service is predicting it will be a significant event, do you unhook your power pedestal to play it safe? And in case you’re interested, after you vote, watch the short video below for advice from our RV electricity expert Mike Sokol whether unhooking matters or not.

It may take a few moment for the poll to load. So stand by.

And now Mike’s advice. . .

Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.



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Dann (@guest_27852)
5 years ago

I just never think about it. Only unplugged once in several decades and that was sort of by accident.

Eric Meslin (@guest_27705)
5 years ago

I know I should unplug, but always wait too long. Certainly won’t go out when the storm is about to hit. I have a surge protector, but it’s not top-of-the-line, and I’m not sure if it would protect the electrical system from a lightning strike.

Jeri Lessley (@guest_27687)
5 years ago

On the poll about unplugging, I have only used shore power twice in 40+ years of camping.

John Koenig (@guest_27683)
5 years ago

After disconnecting from shore power, would it be safe to run the onboard generator? Doing so, I’d be able to run an air conditioner, microwave or other 120VAC appliance.

Mike Sokol
5 years ago
Reply to  John Koenig

From my discussions with NOAA that should be perfectly safe.

RJ (@guest_27676)
5 years ago

Wouldn’t it be just as effective to flip the circuit breaker inside RV?

Ed (@guest_27628)
5 years ago

That is why I have Insurance on the coach. If I get struck, they can fix it.

Mike Sokol
5 years ago
Reply to  Ed

Very true. But a good Surge Protector is additional insurance that can help protect your RV’s electrical system in the event of a nearby lightning strike. Also, if your RV’s electrical system is “fried” then your vacation is likely cut short. And most of us have a limited time window for family vacations, such as grandkids on school vacation, campgrounds that have been booked months or even a year in advance, etc… An insurance company cannot replace the time lost with your family.

Jim (@guest_27627)
5 years ago

I think Mike is off base here, and he should have added a VERY important caveat:
If a lightning storm is ANYWHERE nearby, you have NO BUSINESS going outside and fiddling with your RV connection. If you wish to protect your precious RV, you should ONLY unplug your shore power BEFORE any storm activity occurs. TV warns of impending storm? THEN is the time to unplug, NOT when a storm finally shows up. Your LIFE is worth MUCH MORE than the electronics in your RV.

Mike Sokol
5 years ago
Reply to  Jim

That’s a good point. I didn’t mean to imply that you should unplug your RV from shore power DURING a lightning storm. You really want to unplug BEFORE the lightning storm gets close to you. If it’s lightning anywhere close to your campground, DO NOT go outside to unplug from shore power.

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