The RV electrical system is to RV travel what the Sun is to Earth—without the energy provided by the former, the latter could not exist. A well-maintained and fully functional RV electrical system is essential for an enjoyable road trip for many reasons, most notably that you need a capable battery to produce electricity and power the stuff under the hood.
But what about the other jobs required of onboard RV electrical systems? From the generators that fuel handheld electronics to the distribution center that feeds energy to such vital components as headlights and A/C units, the RV electrical system is responsible for so many aspects of a reliable and comfortable RV journey.
Because the electrical system is so important, we created a series of expert tutorials on maintaining and repairing the components that make up your RV electrical system. With these simple walkthroughs, you’ll learn about a variety of RV electrical topics, including how to extend the life of your RV battery, when to test your RV power converter, and why you should consider upgrading your RV inverter. Pay proper attention to your RV electrical components, and your travels will forever be safe and powerful.
RV battery maintenance has just became easier! The 12-volt deep cycle battery or batteries of your house system must be properly charged to prolong their life and reduce sulfation. You can check not only the current state of charge in your house batteries but the charging system of your converter with a multi-meter. House batteries… Read more »Watch Now >>
An RV Monitor Panel is the information center for most of the systems in your RV. It is generally located in an easy to read location such as the kitchen or hallway. Older models provide limited information on holding tank, freshwater tank, LP power and battery power levels. An older RV monitor panel may have… Read more »Watch Now >>
Getting on the road in your rig can give you a sense of freedom, but having appliances that don’t work swap that freedom for a job that has to be done. Finding out why your refrigerator won’t stay cold or your microwave won’t heat is crucial for having a happy trip. When your RV appliances… Read more »Watch Now >>
Once connected to an outside power source the power coming into your unit is routed through RV electrical systems and distribution centers. The distribution center is where the fuses and circuit breakers are located and where the power is rerouted to the appliances and the converter for 12 volt electric sources. Though most are similar,… Read more »Watch Now >>
RV electrical systems bring power inside the unit from an outside source. This includes power being supplied by an onboard or portable generator. Your RV will have a power cord commonly referred to as a “shoreline” cord on the outside of the unit where you can easily connect the outside power source to your RV,… Read more »Watch Now >>
There is an RV checklist for camping for just about anything you can imagine when looking to take a vacation on the wide open road. This includes an RV checklist for the electrical connection source at a campground. Before plugging your RV into the campground source, you will need to test for proper polarity and… Read more »Watch Now >>
Before plugging your RV into the campground source, it’s important to take the time to check for proper polarity and voltage. Even if you are staying at a familiar campground, it’s a good idea to check for electrical issues that not only could create appliance failure, but can cause severe damage to your RV. These… Read more »Watch Now >>
Sometimes at night the passenger will need to read a map or something else to help the driver navigate. An RV reading light installed just behind the passenger will offer enough light to see without disturbing the driver. First you must find a 12-Volt power source to tap into that is not switched somewhere else… Read more »Watch Now >>
For safety and convenience it is best to replace your RV GFCI outlets when they malfunction. These can easily be identified with your tester. Feel confident to perform this DYI job, a job that will save you time and money. When should you replace your RV GFCI outlets? When they’re malfunctioning or old a replacement… Read more »Watch Now >>