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RVelectricity™ – Should you upgrade to lithium batteries immediately?

Dear Mike, I’ll be picking up a new Forest River Berkshire 45CA (45 foot diesel) from the dealer in a month or so. I am...

Ask Dave: What is the best multimeter?

Answers to questions about RV Repair and Maintenance from RV expert Dave Solberg. This column appears Monday through Saturday in the RV Travel and...

RVelectricity™ – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): Should I buy an AED?

Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie who's never...

RVelectricity™ – RV hot-skin voltage testing: Part 2

Dear Readers, Last week I published Part 1 of RV Hot-Skin Voltage Causes, which you should review HERE. It does get a bit crazy from...

RVelectricity™ – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): CPAP machine power usage

Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie who's never...

RVelectricity™ – RV hot-skin voltage causes: Part 1

Dear Readers, There's been a veritable plethora of email questions and Facebook comments about the causes of hot-skin voltage on an RV in the last...

RVelectricity™ – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): Power two trailers at the same time with the ProPower 30-amp outlet

Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie who's never...

RVelectricity™ – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): May the torque be with you…

Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie who's never...

RVelectricity™ – A tale of two welder outlets, and what can go wrong

Dear Mike, I had a terrible situation that may be an important lesson to teach your RVelectricity™ readers. My wife and I drove our Newmar Ventana...

RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): Emergency generator CO poisoning reminder

Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie who's never...

RVelectricity: VW ID.4 EV – First test drive with travel trailers

Dear Readers, Welcome to the second part of my EV towing experiments. I'm covering much more in-depth on my GoGreenRV and RVelectricity Facebook groups, but...

RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): “Stop dragging my chains around” – Protect 7-way plug and chains

Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie who's never...

RVelectricity: Power-hungry RVs, and appliances

Dear Mike, I would love to see an article about exactly what you can run on a 30-amp breaker. We have a COE campground with...

RVelectricity: The reasons for bonded and floating neutral generators

By Mike Sokol and Mike Zimmerman  Dear Readers, After a few more go-rounds on my RVelectricity Facebook group about how bonded and floating neutral generators work,...

RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): “Ball of Confusion” – new USB-C connectors in cars

Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie who's never...

RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): When you DIY, take a picture – it will last longer

Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie who's never...

RVelectricity: Please don’t bring a noisy generator to the quiet outdoors

Dear Readers, Last week while driving around in my (loaner) Ford F-150 Hybrid truck, I stopped by a dry camping area just to see what...

RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): CarGenerator / Ford PowerBoost Comparison

Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie who's never...

RVelectricity: So, does my RV use 120 or 240 volts?

Dear Readers, I just taught my first RVelectricity seminar in 16 months at the Airstream International Rally in Lebanon, TN. The question of whether an...

RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): Cybertruck pop-up camper?

Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie who's never...

RVelectricity: Do you always need to use a generator bonding plug?

Dear Readers, Nearly 10 years ago I designed and promoted the simple generator neutral-ground bonding plug. It allowed you to use an inverter generator to...

This RVer forgot to unplug the electric cord and drove away. A reminder for all RVers

One motorhome owner began driving away while the electric cord was still plugged into the park's electrical pedestal. It damaged the bay door hinge...

RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): Quick tip to help prevent air conditioner breaker tripping

Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie who's never...

RVelectricity: Cause of 30-amp twist-lock failure

Hi Mike, Our plug melted at a Wisconsin state park campground. We thought someone was burning plastic plates. We could smell it. No idea it...

Where do you carry your RV sewer tote?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you're a serious boondocker – or want to be one – you know that one of the more...

RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): Avoid dangerous 15-amp outlet overload

Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie who's never...

RVelectricity: My upcoming trip with an F-150 PowerBoost to the Airstream Rally

Dear Readers, Under the category of "be careful what you wish for," both of my loaner EV and Hybrid vehicles from Volkswagen and Ford are...

RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): How do I set my meter for 120 volts?

Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie who's never...

RVelectricity: Could the self-charging Sion EV be your next toad?

Dear Readers, As I dive further into my GoGreenRV study on the future of EV and hybrid-powered RVs, the question of EV toads becomes important....

RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): Never plug your RV into a 30-amp outlet without testing the voltage

Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie who's never...

RVelectricity: We’re looking for melted 30-amp shore power connectors

We need your info on shore power connector meltdowns Mike Zimmerman (from the RVelectricity Facebook group) and I are trying to determine the frequency and...

RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): HUGE Klein NCVT (Non-Contact Voltage Tester) Recall

Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie who's never...

RVelectricity: Do electric vehicles spell the end of internal combustion engines?

Dear Readers, There's certainly been a lot of hype in the last few months about all the new electric vehicles (EVs) hitting the market. And...

RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): Can I run a 2-way fridge on battery power alone?

Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie who's never...

RVelectricity: Pros and cons of the big three brands of EMS surge protectors

Dear Mike, Do you know anyone who has tried out the EMS surge protectors from the big three manufacturers? —Fabian Dear Fabian, Indeed I do, and that...

RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): Electric space heater tragedy in an RV

By Mike Sokol Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie...

RVelectricity: Electric Avenue – Mike’s EV towing RV challenge

By Mike Sokol Dear Readers, I started on this project nearly two years ago (yes, pre-COVID), and it's now happening this summer and fall. I asked...

RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): Watch Mike Sokol’s Hughes Power Watchdog Surge Protector review with Tony Barthel

By Mike Sokol Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie...

RVelectricity: GoGreenRV 2021-22 study and tour announcement

By Mike Sokol Dear Readers, I've been working on a really interesting project while stuck at home for the last 15 months. Since I've had numerous...

RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): Danger! Don’t swim near boat docks that have electricity!

By Mike Sokol Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie...

RVelectricity: How I began writing for RVtravel.com 10 years ago

By Mike Sokol Dear Readers, Since this is Chuck Woodbury's 1,000th issue of the RV Travel Newsletter, and I've probably been around starting with issue 500...

RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): How many watt-hrs are in a gallon of gasoline?

By Mike Sokol Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie...

RVelectricity: Shore power plug meltdown

By Mike Sokol Dear Readers, I found this picture of a 50-amp shore power plug meltdown last week, and posted it on my RVelectricity Facebook page...

RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): Don’t plug a 20-amp cord into a 50-amp outlet!

By Mike Sokol Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie...

RVelectricity – Don’t fall for it. This is NOT a generator!

By Mike Sokol Dear Readers, In the last few months I've had perhaps a dozen readers contact me about these so-called "solar generators" that are being...

RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): How to Neutral/Ground bond parallel generators

By Mike Sokol Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie...

RVelectricity – 6-Step No-cut/No-splice SoftStartRV install video

By Mike Sokol Dear Readers, Just a few weeks ago Danny Rahner from SoftStartRV and I did an Ask the Expert webcast on his new 6-step,...

RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): Warning! Lightning season is coming soon; protect your RV

By Mike Sokol Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie...

RVelectricity: Check for dangerous RV hot-skin with new dual-range detector

By Mike Sokol I've had a lot of questions from RV Travel and RVelectricity readers about feeling a shock from your RV when plugged into...

RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): Can I get shocked from an RV that’s not plugged in?

By Mike Sokol Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you're a newbie...

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