Free RV electricity seminars near Seattle, Aug. 1-3


RV Electricity expert Mike Sokol of will teach three seminars at the upcoming Enumclaw RV Show in Enumclaw, Washington (near Seattle), August 1-3, 2019. All are free with a paid admission to the show thanks to the support of the members of If you are not a member of and wish to help support events like this and others, please do so here.

To learn more about the show, including camping opportunities (ask to be in the area for 30-amp service), check the show’s website.

In preparation for the classes, you may wish to read Mike’s excellent book RV Electricity Safety, available in paperback or Kindle editions. A limited supply of the printed book will be available at the show.

Part I – Generators, Inverters, Batteries and Solar

Thursday, August 1, 11:30 a.m. (90 minutes)

• Portable generator selection, hookup, grounding and bonding
• Transfer switch basics, operation and troubleshooting
• Inverter types, selection and troubleshooting
• Converter/charger types, selection and troubleshooting
• Battery selection including flooded cell, AGM and Lithium
• Multi-battery hookup and isolation systems
• DC to DC charging systems between TV and RV
• Solar panel selection and integrating into charging systems
• Solar system capacities needed for residential refrigerators

Part II – Campground Power & Surge Protectors

Friday, August 2, 11:30 a.m. (90 minutes)

• What is a campground pedestal?
• How to plug and unplug safely
• Over- and under-voltage pedestal demonstration
• Wiring a campground pedestal from pole to outlets
• Why do 30-amp shore power plugs melt?
• Pedestal miswiring dangers including 30-amp dryer outlets
• Pedestal open-neutral danger
• Available wattage from 20-, 30- and 50-amp outlets
• Pedestal diagnostics using a Ground Loop Impedance Tester
• Voltage-surge definition and dangers
• Surge protector theory and selection
• Basic and EMS/Advanced Surge protector demonstrations
• RV wiring maintenance
• Transfer switch operation, maintenance and troubleshooting

Part III – Hot Skin Voltages

Saturday, August 3: 11:30 a.m. (90 minutes)

• What is voltage?
• What is current?
• What is a Hot-Skin/Stray-Voltage?
• Testing methods for Hot-Skin Voltage
• Using a Non-Contact Voltage Tester
• Outlet testing basics using a digital meter
• Testing 30 and 50-amp pedestal outlets
• Dogbone adapters
• Grounding issues and advanced testing
• Safety considerations around electricity

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Kerry Batdorf
1 year ago

Will these seminars, Free RV electricity seminars near Seattle, Aug. 1-3, be available online to watch or download after the event is over?