By Mike Sokol
RVelectricity™ funding campaign off to a great start!
You really do “Like Mike“
A few months ago at the Enumclaw RV Expo, Chuck and I (and the rest of the RVtravel crew) had a very long meeting about various potential ways to fund my RVelectricity program. While I’ve been writing about electrical safety and troubleshooting for the last 10 years, I’ve only received partial funding for the last 3 years from Chuck and the RVtravel readers. And while that was a help, it didn’t come close to the costs I’ve incurred designing and testing RVelectricity demonstration gear, spending dozens of hours each week writing articles and answering questions, and presenting seminars all around the country. So we had reached a tipping point, a crossroads as it were.
I’ve been looking for any kind of monetary support from RV manufacturers since 2010 without any luck at all (yes, 2020 will be my 10th anniversary of writing for the RV industry). Several years ago in Louisville I was told by RV industry leaders that I wasn’t a friend to the RV industry since I was teaching you all about electrical safety, and making potential buyers too scared to purchase an RV. Seriously??? It was then that I knew I had to do this on my own.
However, without some sort of revenue stream from the industry there was no way I could afford to keep building RVelectricity demonstration gear to use at free seminars around the country, and was even finding it difficult to spend the hours needed to write important publications like this newsletter. I’ve been taking on other side-jobs during the day to pay bills, then staying up all night writing my articles for RV Travel as well as this newsletter, now in its 23rd monthly issue. Plus, I was beginning to present RVelectricity seminars around the country, most with zero monetary support from the RV trade shows and rallies who asked me to attend. Something had to give…
Chuck and I had been trying to find advertising support for my articles for the last five years, again with only limited success. Or we could create an entire paid website that would require a subscription to be able to access any of my No~Shock~Zone or RVelectricity articles, but I don’t like limiting access to only those who could pay for it since there are many RV owners struggling with their own finances. So we decided on a strictly voluntary donation campaign, and the I Like Mike campaign was born.
No, it isn’t going to make me rich, nor will it even pay the normal salary I could make as an engineer working in another industry. But if successful, it will help reduce the hours I have to spend scrambling to make a living at other day jobs, which will result in more time I can spend answering your questions about RV electricity, along with writing even more articles and presenting additional seminars around the country.
So will I Like Mike be successful enough to allow me to expand my efforts of teaching electricity to RV owners? The first month has been encouraging, and I hope it continues. There’s just so much to cover about RV electricity, and so many of you need my help. I’m going to keep access to my RVelectricity articles free for everyone. If you can help with any level of donation, you’re helping to fund this knowledge for everyone, including others who can’t afford a monetary contribution.
But even if you can’t afford to donate money, please send me a little emotional support in an email or comment. I really want to continue to expand RV electricity education since it saves both lives and repair time, and with your help I’ll be able to continue doing it for at least the next 10 years.
Thank you very much for your support. I truly appreciate it.
Email me at mike (at) noshockzone.org with your questions.
Let’s play safe out there….
Mike Sokol is an electrical and professional sound expert with 40+ years in the industry. His excellent book RV Electrical Safety is available at Amazon.com. For more info on Mike’s qualifications as an electrical expert, click here.