In my last blog post I talked about what a volt is and how it can be set into motion by pushing current through a path of least voltage pressure. In some cases this can be your body. In short, if you touch something charged with 100 volts with one wet hand, and then touch something else charged with zero volts with the other wet hand, then the 100 volts will be set into motion through the conduit, in this case, you. So, not to get all scary here, there are some basic safety measures to take when plugging your RV into the campground pedestal. If the pedestal is operating correctly, then there should be no problem, but just in case, think about how you could avoid potential voltage pressure from being released. First step is to make sure the circuit breaker on the pedestal is turned off. With only one hand, and standing on dry ground, flip the breaker off. Now, with one hand, and never standing or kneeling on wet surfaces, plug your power into the pedestal. (Example - you wouldn’t want to be plugging the power in with one hand and be bracing your other hand on the pedestal; remember, that could potentially complete a circuit if the pedestal was charged for some reason). Once you plug power in, then test a few items in your RV. If you find yourself getting shocked by touching things in the RV, then shut the power off and let the campground attendant know what is going on.
I always recommend an electrical management system with any RV. TechnoRV (www.technorv.com) sells the Surge Guard Electrical Management Systems and these units are the best on the market. When you plug into power, the Surge Guard unit runs a series of tests on the pedestal power to ensure that it is safe. Once it finishes evaluating the power, then, and only then, will it release the power to the RV. If the Surge Guard unit detects a power problem then it will display the error on a LCD screen explaining what the issue is. Once power is released to the RV, then the unit continues to monitor the power for spikes or low voltage situations that could damage the sensitive components in your RV. You can look at our full line of Surge Guard products here:
Running power to a RV without some kind of electrical management system is asking for trouble. We spend too much on our RVs not to protect it from the perils that can come along with electricity.