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.
A ground Fault Circuit Interrupter or GFCI is an outlet or device that can detect the current in your RV is not flowing along the desired path, rather through water or a person and will shut off the power supply at the outlet. GFCIs work by monitoring for an imbalance between the neutral wires and… Read more »Watch Now >>
RV manufacturers always try to anticipate the needs of their customers while on the road. What’s needed from some people, though, maybe not be necessary for others. While most RVs have adequate lighting installed for almost every general task, sometimes things come up that require more concentrated lighting, even on a temporary basis. That’s where… Read more »Watch Now >>
When you’re boondocking in the wide open spaces with no street lights or other rigs around, having an outside light is crucial and expected all night long. Move your RV to a park or campground, though, and having a porch light on all night long can really annoy the neighbors. Your outdoor lights may make… Read more »Watch Now >>
If you want to compare the benefits of LED and incandescent bulbs, this is the video to watch. You’ll find out why LED lights draw less from your battery while providing the same amount – or even more — light than the old incandescent ones. This video takes you step-by-step to quantify the amp draw… Read more »Watch Now >>
RV batteries, which run the interior lights, refrigerator, computer, and any other electrical appliance you have installed, are built to last 5-7 years, ideally. Manufacturers recommend that you remove the batteries every month and have them conditioned by a professional. This conditioning breaks up the sulfur solids and other contaminants, churning the liquid inside the… Read more »Watch Now >>
Your RV batteries have two jobs: The automotive battery to start and run the RV engine when you’re on the road, and the Deep Cycle house batteries to run the lights and appliances when you’re using your RV as a home instead of as a vehicle. In both cases, it’s clear just how important the… Read more »Watch Now >>
Which type of light bulb do you choose when you face a burned out incandescent bulb in your RV? Older RV’s had energy consuming incandescent bulbs while newer coaches have gone to halogens. Do I simply replace the bulb with the same type or upgrade to the new LED technology? And are all LED bulbs… Read more »Watch Now >>
For many RVers, there may be times that you will choose to camp without any hookups for water, electric, and sewer. Also known as “boondocking”, this type of RVing is known as dry camping and is legal as long as you are staying in a designated dispersed camping area. If you prefer dry camping in… Read more »Watch Now >>
Every RV unit has a distribution panel, which is what routes electrical power throughout the unit and includes most of the unit’s circuit breakers and fuses. The RV distribution panel can supply both 120-volt power and 12-volt battery power. Older RV distribution panel models have the distribution center and converter all in one single unit…. Read more »Watch Now >>