When you first bought your motorhome and decided to take it out for a road trip, you probably went through numerous mental checklists, including one for all the various hook-ups. This can involve electrical cords, freshwater hoses, tank flush hoses, sewer hoses, etc. When finalizing the supplies you need for your RV's electrical system, make sure you don't overlook essentials such as the surge protector. You may not have control over the external electrical hazards that can be found at a campground, but there are ways to prevent major problems.
You probably have indoor surge protectors at home for your more delicate electronics that you know need a steady supply, like your computer. What you may not have considered, especially if you are new to RVing, is that your whole motorhome and every item that is hardwired into it needs protection from potential electrical surges and other issues. Improper electrical connections at the campground can cause problems if you don't take the necessary precautions.
Campground electrical pedestals are exposed to the elements and not always closed correctly. They also may suffer seemingly minor damage if they come in contact with the bumper of an inexperienced driver's RV. In addition to the potential trouble inherent in the pedestal, the whole RV park can pull on the same electrical grid. That can make the voltage available to your RV potentially unpredictable. If there is inclement weather in the area, nearby lightning strikes can also affect the local electrical grid in the campground.
Excessive voltage can damage anything you have plugged into your motorhome and it can fry the wiring of the RV itself, which becomes a very expensive repair job. An RV surge protector between the campground pedestal and your motorhome provides protection from this problem. It's best to remember to put a lock on your surge protector when you connect it to keep it safe from theft.
Using a polarity tester can help you verify that the campground's electricity and the specific pedestal is working well before you hook up your RV. However, keep in mind it's not a substitute for using a surge protector. If you need electricity in the vicinity when you go to store your RV, using a power supply box can provide the electrical outlets you need. Certain units even come with circuit breakers to cut the power off to specific areas when you need it. The models from Parallax Power Supply also feature rain proof casings, and can stay connected even with the door closed.
Contact us if you need help finding the right surge protector or other electrical supplies for your RV, to avoid the expense of replacing equipment or your motorhome's wiring.
By Julie T
Electrical Supplies for your RV