Tips and Tricks for Your RV

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My goal with these RV tips is that you find many, if not all of these recommendations to be helpful. Hopefully, at least one of the RV tips will make all of your RV experiences safe, fun & stress free.

The gauges of the wire used in standard household extension cords aren’t suitable for RV electrical hook-ups. Eventually you will be put in a situation where you will need to use an extension cord. It is an excellent idea to purchase an RV extension cord that is compatible to the electrical system of your RV, and have it on hand. If you do purchase an extension cable somewhere else it ought to be at least 10-gauge cables.

  • Electrical adapters are a requirement for RVers. Eventually you will be in a situation where you need to use some form of electrical adapter to make a connection at a campground. It may be an outdated campground or isolated area that only provides 15 or 20-amp electrical service. It’s wonderful to have these adapters on hand when you want them, but you must exercise caution when you use them. If your RV is a 30-amp or 50-amp system and you use an adapter to plug in the RV to a 15 or 20-amp outlet this severely limits what you can operate from the RV. The roof air alone will draw up to 15-amps as it initially starts. If you place too much demand on electrical adapters, or use them for extended periods of time they could overheat and melt resulting in damage to the RV power cord or electrical system.

*Take updated photos of you pets with you on excursions. If they ought to get lost you can use the pictures to assist in finding them.

  • If your RV is equipped with a generator, at a minimum, it should be exercised for 30 minutes to an hour on a monthly basis with no less than a half load. Consult your generator owner’s manual for load ratings. If it happens and you figure out how to get it started it’ll have that all too familiar surging sound. It may damage electrical appliances and equipment and of course the cost of having the carburetor removed and cleaned. If the generator will be in long term storage it is possible to add a gas preservative into the fuel tank and run the generator long enough for your preserver to get through the fuel system. This will protect it until you’re ready to use it again.

*Every RVer should invest in some type of digital voltmeter that plugs directly into an outlet on your RV. There are several types available and they are inexpensive compared to the repair costs for damaged electrical appliances and equipment. Many of these monitors are capable of measuring AC line voltage, generator frequency and testing polarity at the campground before plugging your unit in. Campground electricity can fluctuate based upon the demand placed on it. By monitoring the AC voltage throughout your camping trip you can protect thousands of dollars worth of electrical equipment and appliances in your RV. If voltage drops below 105-volts or goes above 130-volts you should turn equipment and appliances off until the appropriate power is restored.

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