RV Electricity expert Mike Sokol of RVtravel.com 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 RVtravel.com. If you are not a member of RVtravel.com 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 RVtravel.com 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