Tips and Tricks for Your RV

Motorhome, Camper, Mobile, Camping

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

The gauges of the wire used in standard household extension cords are not acceptable for RV electric hook-ups. Eventually you’ll be put in a situation where you’ll have to use an extension cord. It is a good idea to buy an RV extension cord that is compatible to the electrical system of your RV, and have it available. Should you buy 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 have to use some form of electrical adapter to produce a connection at a campground. It may be an outdated campground or isolated area that only provides 15 or 20-amp electrical service. There are adapters that will go from your RV type plug and size down to family type sockets and adapters that go from household type outlets to campground RV connections. It’s nice to have these adapters available when you need them, but you must exercise caution when you use them. The roof air alone will draw up to 15-amps when it initially starts. If you put too much of a demand on electric 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 photographs of you pets with you on excursions. If they should get lost you can use the images to assist in finding them.

  • If your RV has 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 this happens and you manage to get it started it will have that all too familiar surging sound. It may damage electrical appliances and equipment and of course the cost of having the carburetor cleaned and removed. If the generator will be in long term storage it is possible to add a fuel preservative to the gas tank and run the generator long enough for the preserver to get through the gas system. This will protect it until you’re ready to use it .

*Every RVer should invest in some type of digital voltmeter that plugs directly into an outlet on your RV. There are lots of types available and they’re 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 . Campground electricity can fluctuate based on the demand placed on it. By tracking the AC voltage during your camping trip you can protect thousands of dollars worth of electrical appliances and equipment in your RV. If voltage drops below 105-volts or extends above 130-volts you should turn appliances and equipment off until the appropriate power is restored.

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