My goal with these RV tips is that you find many, if not all these recommendations to be helpful. Hopefully, at least one of the RV tips will make all your RV experiences safe, enjoyable & stress free.
The gauges of the wire used in standard household extension cords are not acceptable for RV electric hook-ups. Eventually you will be put in a situation where you’ll have to use an extension cord. It is a good idea to purchase an RV extension cord that’s compatible to the electrical system of your RV, and have it on hand. If you do purchase an extension cord somewhere else it should be at least 10-gauge cables.
- Electrical adapters are a necessity for RVers. Eventually you will be in a situation where you have to use some type of electrical adapter to make a relationship at a campground. There are adapters that will go from your RV type plug and size down to household type outlets and adapters that go from home type outlets to campground RV connections. It’s nice to have these adapters on hand when you need 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 the RV into a 15 or 20-amp socket 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 photographs of you pets with you on excursions. If they should get lost you can use the images to help out with 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 your generator has a carburetor and it is not exercised on a regular basis the fuel will begin to gel around the jets. If this happens and you manage 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 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 electronic voltmeter that plugs directly into a socket in your RV. There are several types available and they are inexpensive compared to the repair costs for damaged electrical appliances and equipment. Campground electricity can fluctuate depending upon the demand placed on it. By monitoring the AC voltage throughout 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 goes above 130-volts you should turn equipment and appliances off until the correct power is restored.