Preparing and packing for a camping adventure is not a piece of cake. There’s a lot to think about, from basic supplies needed for eating and cooking to appropriate clothes for your destination, to RV tools and supplies that will keep your RV running smoothly on the road and at your campsite. It’s easy to overlook some very important elements of RV life when packing, including the very thing that makes RV living feel like home: RV power cords! Since RV power cords breathe life into your RV and make it easy to brew coffee in the morning and watch TV at night, here are some tips and tricks when it comes to using them.
Power cords are one of those things that most people don’t think about until it’s time to pull them out and power up. And the last thing you want to realize when setting up camp is that your cords are broken or cracked. Regular maintenance, including these tips, can help prevent electrical cord shock (of a different kind):
- Inspect the cord before heading out on your adventure and look closely for damage. If the cord is damaged but only superficially, you can wrap it in electrical tape to seal it. But if the damage exposes the internal wiring, you’ll need to pitch it and buy a new power cord.
- Making sure the cord is not connected to a power source, clean it with a damp cloth to remove any dirt, debris, dust, cobwebs, etc. Let it dry completely before using it.
- Inspect the plugs. Are they bent? If so, bend them carefully back into place. If they're corroded, rub it with sandpaper to remove it.
- I know it's tempting, especially if you're in a hurry, but never pull a plug out of a socket by the cord. Instead, grab a hold of the plug itself and pull straight out.
A Sticky Situation
Nobody likes finding creepy crawlies in their living space! Whether it's spiders, bugs, or ants, they don’t belong in your kitchen, bathroom, bed, floor—anywhere! As an RVer, you know how hard it can be to keep those pesky bugs out! After all, you’re shacking up in their territory, but that doesn’t mean you have to welcome them into your camper with open arms! Many RVers notice that ants take a liking to the external power cord that exposes tiny openings into their RV. They hop on board and travel up it like it’s their super highway right into your living room. No more! Wrap your power cord in a heavy duty adhesive tape with the sticky side facing out. They’ll be stopped dead in their tracks as soon as they start marching on in.
Give Your Cords a Shelter
While you can head inside your RV to take cover when the weather takes a turn for the worst, your external power cords cannot. They’re a sitting duck when it rains, and you could easily experience electrical issues if certain parts of the cords get wet. This easy hack only costs a few dollars and is just a bucket away! Purchase a small bucket from your local hardware store and cut two round holes near the bottom of it on each side. The holes should be across from each other, as this is where the two cords that you're joining together will be threaded through. Connect your two cords together inside the bucket with each end coming in through the opposite hole. Set it on the ground with the bottom of the bucket facing up and just like that your cords are up off the ground and protected from rain.
Do you have any tried and true tips on power cord usage for an RV? Have a hack that you want to share? Tell us about it and we’ll give it a try! At All Seasons RV in Muskegon, MI, we are overflowing with RVs that feel just like home with large TVs, oversized refrigerators, lovely pendant lighting, electric fireplaces, and so much more—all things that you’ll need working electrical cords for. From small pop-ups to large motorhomes, and everything in between, we have it all and our unbeatable prices are sure to send a shock through your system! Check us out online 24/7 or come see us in West Michigan today! We’ll even deliver your new RV right to your door if you can’t come see us! It’s never been more affordable to power up your RVing life!