Saturday, December 3, 2022


RVelectricity – Ask the Expert webcast on SoftStartRV, and future webcasts


By Mike Sokol
Dear Readers,
I’ve tried this type of webcast two times already, and they’ve been a huge success with the manufacturers and you (the readers). What are they? Well, I’m calling them Ask the Expert, since I’m doing hour-long live webcasts with industry experts in each of their fields. So you no longer have to listen to just me yammer on about electrical stuff. Nope, you can get the intel direct from the horse’s mouth, as it were.

Do it again… (Steely Dan)
What was the first Ask the Expert webcast?

Since I have so many of these technical support experts on speed-dial already, it’s pretty simple to get them to agree to an hour-long live webcast where we take your text questions from YouTube Live and post them on screen for the expert to answer in real time. Sort of like “Stump the Chump” from Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers on the “Car Talk” radio program.

If you missed it, my first Ask the Expert Webcast was with Dennis Wieske from Progressive Dynamics a few weeks ago, where we discussed how to determine if your RV’s converter/charger will charge your new (and expensive) Lithium battery properly.

There were more than 400 of you online for that live stream, and two thousand more of you have streamed it on YouTube in the last two weeks. Watch it again by clicking the picture above or HERE.

You want some more? Well, here’s some more… (Frank Zappa)

This had so much interest that I tried a second Ask the Expert Webcast earlier this week. So last Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. Eastern time I invited Danny Rahner from SoftStartRV to discuss customer installation of their air conditioner soft starter box with you all.

Danny seems to have a mental Rolodex of every SSRV installation he’s ever assisted with, so he was a great guy to interview. I love talking to really smart people.

Deja vu, all over again… (Yogi Berra and John Fogerty?)

You can watch it again (or for the first time) in all its glory by clicking on the picture above, but you can’t ask text questions on the YouTube stream (unless you know how to time travel). Watch it by clicking on the picture or HERE.

I’ve had a few other manufacturers express interest in providing their own experts for one of my future Ask the Expert Webcasts, and I’m busy cataloging possibilities. But you can help out by answering this simple poll below and commenting below on which expert you would like me to interview. As long as it’s electrical and RV related it’s a valid request. So please, no soft-serve ice cream machine questions (even though I would love to test one in my shop!).

Your wish is my command (Aladdin)

Talk to me… about future Ask the Expert webcasts

Please leave a comment below with any RV electricity-related topic, and I’ll see who I can scare up. Right now I’m scheduling these webcasts once a month on a Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. Eastern time (5 p.m. Pacific), which you can watch again later at any time. And if there’s enough interest (and manufacturer support) I could do up to four of these a month. But for now, I’ll schedule these webcasts as expert availability allows.

Let’s play safe out there….

Mike Sokol is an electrical and professional sound expert with 50+ years in the industry. His excellent book RV Electrical Safety is available at For more info on Mike’s qualifications as an electrical expert, click here.

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Annette Espinoza
1 year ago

Basic battery (non-lithium, non-AGM) charging & proper levels.

Rich Witt
1 year ago

How about a class on proper wire terminations? I see lots of people (and even RV Manufacturers) using crimp connectors that are poorly crimped with cheap tools. This causes bad connections and electrical issues in the RV’s. A class on how to properly make the connections and identify issues would greatly help RV owners.

Lawrence Nielsen
1 year ago

How about someone from Surge Guard or one of the other manufacturers to discuss their smart surge supressors

Mike Sokol
1 year ago

Already offered one to Surge Guard. Working on timing right now.

1 year ago

For the next one how about you (Mike Sokol) being the expert and doing a live Q&A. You could limit the topics or not.

Thanks for the great two sessions so far. Mostly very good questions from the audience and few to none that were a waste of time.

Mike Sokol
1 year ago
Reply to  Irv

I could do a live Q&A of just me. Should I get someone else to interview me, or what? There’s certainly plenty to talk about….

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