RVelectricity: Is there anybody out there? Part 1

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By Mike Sokol

Dear Readers,
In order for me to get sponsorship support for my RVelectricity articles that are published here, I need your help. I’m getting conflicting reports about how many of you read my articles in this space, as well as my Just Ask Mike (JAM) sessions and my monthly RVelectricity newsletter. Some of our search engines say it’s as little as 250 readers when these columns are first published, while others say it’s more like 2,500 readers or even more, and I have no idea. And these search engines don’t tell me anything about the technical level I’m writing at.

So I’m asking you to complete these polls, which I’ll use to adjust how many RVelectricity articles I write per month and at what level of technical difficulty.

PLEASE NOTE that if there is an ad below each poll they are auto-inserted by Google and I have no control over what appears in that space. So just because it shows up in my article does NOT indicate that I endorse whatever is being advertised. (Plus, we may be getting rid of those ads below the polls, if they’re still there when you view these.)

Please answer both polls.

*If there is an ad above, it is auto-generated by Google and is not necessarily an endorsement from Mike.

*If there is an ad above, it is auto-generated by Google and is not necessarily an endorsement from Mike.

I’m going to run similar polls in my upcoming Just Ask Mike (JAM) Session, and my RVelectricity Newsletter (arriving tomorrow, Sunday), so please watch for them.

Also, read my interview in the latest RVBusiness newsletter HERE, which just published on Friday, February 28.

And I’ll do a poll later about which RV Rallies and Shows you think I should present at. But for now, the two polls above will be sufficient (plus in tomorrow’s RVelectricity Newsletter and Monday’s JAM Session). Thank you very much for your help with this.

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 Amazon.com. For more info on Mike’s qualifications as an electrical expert, click here.

For information on how to support RVelectricity and No~Shock~Zone articles, seminars and videos, please click the I Like Mike Campaign.

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Bill
6 months ago

I couldn’t get to the polls – no links.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
6 months ago
Reply to  Bill

Hi, Bill. The polls themselves should show up right in that article, so there shouldn’t be any links to click on. I just checked to make sure the polls were still there, and they are as far as I can see. The link to Mike’s JAM Session in this morning’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter was down for awhile, but got corrected so it’s back in that newsletter. There were three sets of polls: one in Mike’s section of Saturday’s RV Travel Newsletter, one in the monthly RV Electricity newsletter on Sunday, and one in today’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter. They’re all in order to gather information on his articles in each of those publications. I hope you can get into the poll(s). Thank you very much for participating. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Deborah Belcher
6 months ago

I read sometimes, mostly so when my husband starts talking about this stuff I understand a little of what he is saying. I have learned some good info and tips even though I have only been browsing the last three months. Made my day when I could tell hubby “I read an article that helped” when I could actually contribute to what he was going on about. don’t own an RV yet but planning to order within a year.
will feel much better understanding a few things before taking off.

Rick Adams
6 months ago

I have a older Northern Lite truck camper; we often boondock. We have lots of battery operated devices we like to charge/run at night … including laptop, flashlight, cell phone and camera battery chargers. Currently I plug an inverter into the cab’s 12v plug, then run a 110v extension cord out the truck window and into the camper via the pass through window and finally terminate that with a 6 outlet power strip. It has worked pretty well but surely is a bit of a nuisance at times. Is there a better way to do this? We’ve been told that a new camper would have 12v outlets in the back allowing us to do much the same thing with a little less mess. Thoughts? Advice? … particularly on the size and brand of an inverter you might recommend. Many thanks!

Keira Bianchi
6 months ago

Hi Mike, I appreciate your articles and information. I don’t read the RV Newsletter very often because I can’t handle Chuck’s negativity and flood of advertisements. Can I subscribe to your newsletter directly?

Jesse
6 months ago
Reply to  Keira Bianchi

Chuck does seem to be getting more pessimistic these days.

bounder
6 months ago

not only do I read everything published on rvtravel, I bought the book too!

CHUCK
6 months ago

I read each article. Like the way they are written. Learn from the basic (easy) articles & read the more technical ones but will probably not attempt them; just try to remember some of it to know when
I need help. Keep up the good work.

Wolfe
6 months ago

First, target level… maybe rather than different levels for each article, maybe do a basic-to-technical progression within each article? E.g. for plumbing, Newbies: close your black tank. Intermediate: the pyramid. Advanced: pressure washing after the mistake.

Shilling: I have to agree with Ron, with caveats. I understand the desire for Amazon skimming and Honda-hyping as a revenue stream, but it does blur into reader disinformation at times. For years, I mentioned the $400 HFT 2K inverter genny being nearly as good as Honda while RVT preached Honda as the only option. Maybe We endorse Honda as premium, but HFT is really good for the budget minded

Just this week you featured the 3lite+voltage tester for $20 when it’s $6 direct from AE (where Amazon resells). I’m sure you know Amazon is NOT the cheapest source, and increasingly not even fastest (when Amazon places the order on AE wh the same 15- day shipping). Maybe full disclosure would be RVT collects a 5% commission on Amazon orders if you wish to support us; otherwise the best price is [here].

Mike Sokol
6 months ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Wolfe, I can only write about what I test, and I can only test what I have on hand. Honda loaned me a pair of EU2200i generators for a year to experiment with and test, while I’ve asked Harbor Freight for a test sample for the last year, and I’ve heard nothing but crickets. I can’t recommend and write about something I’ve never tried myself. So while I don’t preach that Honda is the only option, I do say it’s the BEST product available. And no, I get zero compensation from any Amazon ad, and resent your implication that I’m shilling for Amazon. If you don’t like how I write my articles, then you don’t have to read them, Wolfe. Please leave this site, or just don’t comment on my posts.

KellyR
6 months ago
Reply to  Mike Sokol

Mike, if Wolfe leaves I will miss some of the amusement I get from RVT.

Linda
6 months ago
Reply to  KellyR

KellyR, I agree! I eagerly read the comments because I am hoping Wolfe has contributed a bit of his extraordinary wisdom!

Bob Godfrey
6 months ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Chuck and his staff have never hidden the fact that they make a small commission from sales via Amazon and this is still a free country where you have the right to shop anywhere you like. Mike also needs to support himself so I have no problem with him making money from his efforts. We are still (for the time being) a capitalist country and freedom is what it’s all about, you can shop anywhere you like.

Wolfe
6 months ago
Reply to  Wolfe

I believe I was addressing the semblance of impropriety Ron mentioned and offering clearer (well, to me…) language to avoid that. I directly said “caveats” (of course) a free newsletter has to have commissions and ads. .. enough said there if my understanding is still not clear.

As far as testing it yourself, that’s fine if you say “… and other options I haven’t tested” or “I hear XYZ is good but can’t confirm myself.” I used a recent and an obvious example, where it’s the SAME device at lower price or a generator you can see 20 of at ANY campsite allowing gennies. I actually did test it just that way… when thinking of getting one, as anyone could easily do, I simply walked next door and measured the noise difference. I applied voltmeter/wattmeter as it loaded and unloaded. Neighbor even let me put my pocket oscilloscope on it because >he< was curious how good it was. Testing isn't hard for these things. I peaked inside the box to see robustness in the build. Yep, it's not a Honda, but for 40% cost i'm happier with my HFT.

As far as resentment… even if Mike doesn't directly get the revenue from Amazon, it is obvious RVT pays for your columns, supports your writing on RV electricity, etc… so as their employee, it's in your interest to increase their revenue. Its not dishonest to do it nor admit it. The only question Ron an I asked is whether you mention alternate options that don't pay commissions.

John T
6 months ago

I don’t understand your problem. You must have comprehensive page-view and visitor data available from your web site host. You can also sign up for Google Analytics.

Steve in Alaska
6 months ago

Mike, I am 73 years young and the ole’ memory isn’t what it used to be! I still enjoy reading your articles and learning (in many cases RE-learning) about electrical issues. A lot of what you write seems to be above me, but I still read it and after a while it seems to sink in. I appreciate your articles and am glad we have someone like you to write about these issues, even if I don’t understand it all. I guess if I did, I would be writing it and you would be reading it!
Thanks for all the articles and I wouldn’t change a thing!

Irv
6 months ago

Mike, when I ask what’s a good voltage for my battery, I don’t want to hear just 12.6 to 13.2V. I want to know why and what those numbers represent. (Contrary to some other opinions below.)

I wouldn’t change the way you write articles. If part of an article is something that I already know, I skim over that part.

I’ve bought some things that you’ve recommended on Amazon, and rejected others after reading the reviews. I don’t have to click on the links!

Keep up the good work

Don
6 months ago
Reply to  Irv

X2 my sentiments also. Keep up the good work, and thanks.
Don

Bob Godfrey
6 months ago

I always appreciate your articles and the education I get from them. Many thanks!

peterb
6 months ago

Hey Mike, have a question. I have a 2007 class C on a E-350 ford with the V10. I replaced both front blinker, running lights and headlights with LED bulbs. After short time I was under the hood and noticed the resistors (big 5 or 10 watt ceramic) were melting to the plastic, I rerouted. Question is, am I being cost effective wasting power in the resistors verses standard filament bulbs?
Thanks for all you do. Pete

Ron
6 months ago

Mike…
I respect your intelligence and the massive amount of information you have to offer.
Here’s my take on it all. When I ask someone what time it is, I don’t want them to tell me how to build a watch. I feel you do that much to often. Boring.
Also, your attempts and Chuck Woodbury’s constant pushing to purchase products on Amazon is a real turn off. Read the reviews on some of the stuff your suggesting we buy. Much of it is just crap. In my mind it makes you look like a pusher for CW and somewhat of a ‘snake oil salesman’.
Ron

KellyR
6 months ago
Reply to  Ron

Mike, my opinion is the opposite of Ron’s. Keep on keep’in on.

james wilhelm
6 months ago
Reply to  Mike Sokol

Thank You Mike for all that you do!!!!