Wednesday, November 30, 2022


RV Electricity – KOA pedestal fix


Dear Readers,
It’s good to be back after a week of downtime for the update. The new website format looks great and they saved all my stuff, so all is well.

In a few weeks this same army of IT elves will begin rebuilding my site, which is where I’ll repost the hundreds of RV electricity articles and forum answers I’ve written over the last decade. But in the meantime, here’s a recent Stray Voltage Patrol report that has a happy ending.

What’s great about this situation is that the campground immediately replaced the entire pedestal box (not just the circuit breaker). Many of them would have simply moved the camper to another pedestal, but the campground maintenance staff fixed it on the spot. So let’s have a short round of applause for the Asheville East KOA. This is exactly how the Stray Voltage Patrol is supposed to work.

Stray Voltage Patrol Report 11/26/2018

Describe what you discovered:
I plugged in a tester and all was well, but when a load was put to the outlet I heard arcing inside the box. I immediately unplugged and used another outlet.
Number of campsites tested
Number of campsites reporting problems
Name of campground
Asheville East KOA
Campground owner name
Campground Email
Campground phone number:
Campground address:
2708 Hwy.70 E.
Swannanoa, NC 28778
Campground response to your report:
When I reported the problem they followed me back to my site and checked. They found the breaker had arced on the bus bar, and they stayed right there until the owner came with a new box and replaced it. First rate service. Not many campgrounds would have done that.

Let’s play safe out there….

Mike Sokol is an electrical and professional sound expert with 40 years in the industry. Visit for more electrical safety tips. 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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Dave Telenko
3 years ago

I used to think that the KOA campgrounds were really not to my taste. However when we did the ALCN highway. I think we stayed in 3 KOA campgrounds along the way, wow was I surprised at how well they are kept up & their home like atmosphere was awesome. As far as their pedestals they were all in great condition as well. Can’t say that for the other campsites though & some cost a whole lot more.

3 years ago

That’s great news. Sounds like pride in ownership. Well done.

Mike Sokol
3 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Owning a campground is sort of like owning a vehicle (only a lot bigger). If you keep up with your regular vehicle maintenance, change the fluids, check the air pressure and rotate the tires, repaint any rust, etc… then you can keep your car running for a very long time without a crazy expense from a massive failure. But don’t bother to change the oil, check the air pressure in the tires, or any other normal maintenance items, then one day before you know it you’ll be replacing the engine or transmission, and the tires will be dead after 10,000 miles rather than the 50k you should have gotten from them. Campgrounds are the same way. Basic maintenance and testing every year should help keep all the utilities operational for a long time, and give owners the opportunity to upgrade sections of the wiring and sewer a little bit each year. That way you won’t be hit with hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix the utilities all at once. But it seems that few campground owners want to plan ahead at all.

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