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Old 08-11-2012, 01:11 PM   #1
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We need to all read this series of articles. We might even want to print them out and save in a binder as part of our "owners manuals" for our buses. (I saved all the articles as PDF files using PDFLite to print out later plus save on a USB thumb drive). I think this series may help many of us understand the basics of a mobile electrical system. I think these are the types of articles that you save, like Phred's Poop Sheets.
The Shocking Truth About RVs
RV Electrical Safety: Part I Volts
RV Electrical Safety: Part 2 - Meters
RV Electrical Safety: Part 3 - Outlets
RV Electrical Safety: Part 4 - Hot Skin
RV Electrical Safety: Part 5 - Amperage
RV Electrical Safety: Part 6 - Voltage Drop
RV Electrical Safety: Part 7 - Wattage
RV Electrical Safety: Part 8 - GFCI Theory
RV Electrical Safety: Part 9 - In Review
RV Electrical Safety: Part 10 - GFCI Testing
RV Electrical Safety: Part 11 - Extension Cords
RV Electrical Safety: Part 12 - Surge Strips

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Old 08-12-2012, 01:27 AM   #3
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thanks, this is exactly what i needed
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:31 AM   #4
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good post.
I have told people about a billion times to check the skin of the rv's.
Lots of good basic things people need to read. thanks
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:08 PM   #5
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Old 08-15-2012, 03:44 PM   #6
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good post.
I have told people about a billion times to check the skin of the rv's.
Lots of good basic things people need to read. thanks
I'm the author of the articles linked above about RV Electrical Safety. Thanks for posting them here. There's one more thing to watch out for when hooking into 120 volt power... something I call an RPBG Outlet (Reverse Polarity Bootleg Ground) which sometimes occurs in old houses and garages that have been rewired to add grounded outlets. An RPBG outlet will electrify the chassis and skin of any appliance or RV plugged into it. See http://www.rvdoctor.com/2001/07/friends ... -mike.html for an article I just wrote about testing for RPBG outlets.

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Old 08-15-2012, 05:14 PM   #7
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Thanks for joining us,awesome articles!

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Old 08-15-2012, 05:35 PM   #8
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Thanks for joining us,awesome articles!
Thanks very much. You can help by passing this information on to everyone you know with a RV. Doesn't matter if it's a Too-Cool-For-School Bus or a Class-A factory build, all of them are susceptible to hot skin conditions. Even water features at miniature golf courses like the one that killed that girl in Orlando this summer can be deadly. And boat docks with power outlets are especially dangerous due to gradient voltages in freshwater.

The main thing to know is that you should NEVER feel a shock from your vehicle. A little static jolt is one thing, but a sustained shock is a different story. Let me know how I can help educate you all about electrical power safety.

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good post.
I have told people about a billion times to check the skin of the rv's.
Lots of good basic things people need to read. thanks
I'm the author of the articles linked above about RV Electrical Safety. Thanks for posting them here. There's one more thing to watch out for when hooking into 120 volt power... something I call an RPBG Outlet (Reverse Polarity Bootleg Ground) which sometimes occurs in old houses and garages that have been rewired to add grounded outlets. An RPBG outlet will electrify the chassis and skin of any appliance or RV plugged into it. See http://www.rvdoctor.com/2001/07/friends ... -mike.html for an article I just wrote about testing for RPBG outlets.

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Old 08-16-2012, 06:53 AM   #10
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I have told people about a billion times to check the skin of the rv's.
Here's a link to a youtube video I've posted about testing RV's for hot-skin conditions using a $25 Fluke VoltAlert pen.

There's also a bunch of other videos on my youtube channel about how to use a voltmeter, outlet polarity testing, why extension cords overheat, etc... http://www.youtube.com/howtoseminars.

Please let me know if you find these useful.

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