RV Electricity – The Stray Voltage Patrol needs your help Pronto!

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By Mike Sokol

The Stray Voltage Patrol now has a mission. This will be of benefit to anyone who’s ever experienced a campground with poorly maintained pedestals, low voltage and burned outlets.

As you may be aware, I’ve recently turned No~Shock~Zone into No Shock Zone, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. I’m now applying for a federal grant from OSHA that will allow me to create a pilot program to teach campground maintenance crews how to safely test, repair and maintain campground electrical pedestals.

But this pilot program requires me to identify around a dozen campgrounds I can visit to do free training for their maintenance crews. If this pilot program works, I can then reapply for expansion grants over the next four years. Yes, if I’m awarded this grant, Stray Voltage Patrol could have a mission and a budget for 2021. Cool, eh?

What I need from you is a list of campgrounds in my area of the country where I might be able to offer these free training programs in early 2021. So if you know of a campground located in the following states that might need pedestal maintenance training, please email the information directly to me by first thing Monday morning (July 20, 2020).

STATES NEEDED: Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania

Please paste the following info into an email and send it to mike@noshockzone.org :

CAMPGROUND NAME:

CAMPGROUND ADDRESS:

CAMPGROUND CONTACT (name and email address if possible):

CAMPGROUND SIZE (approximate number of sites):

Thank you very much for your help.

Mike Sokol is an electrical and professional sound expert with 50+ 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.
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Tink H
3 months ago

I’m excited to hear about your grant and I know it will help add expertise and knowledgeable hands in a time when the demand for places to park an RV with full hook ups is in high demand.
When you have successfully started the trainings in your local area, and you receive the next level of grants, if Texas is a state you consider expanding to, I have a park that would be perfect for your program.
Good luck on this endeavor.

Phil Atterbery
3 months ago

Your “No Shock” project is a great idea. Have you considered that some if not most of the folks you’ll be talking to may be employed by electrical contractors? As a resident of a park in south central KS, the owners appear to have an electrical contractor on retainer to address issues. And that audience may be a good thing judging by the number of posts about electricians that failed to be able to install a proper RV service receptacle at a house. Carry on & good luck.

Mike Sokol
3 months ago
Reply to  Phil Atterbery

Yes, finding out just how many maintenance guys at campgrounds are electrical contractors vs campground staff will be important info.