Originally Posted by RoyBraddy
I would most definitely carry the inexpensive circuit tester. This is the only ground you get to have for your trailer coming from the camp ground pedestal...
Alot of times we find the ground point missing from 120VAC 15A/20A service we sometimes hook into using a RV30A-15A long adapter. Not good....
The small circuit tester will spot it right off the bat...
I'm Mike Sokol, author of the NoShockZone articles linked to above in this thread. Yes, an inexpensive NCVT (Non Contact Voltage Tester) such as a Fluke VoltAlert or Klein NCVT-1 will do a good job for this hot-skin, and light up from more than a foot away from your RV if you have a 120-volt hot-skin condition. I've developed and promoted this test through a series of experiments where I create hot-skin conditions with various voltages and currents. See
for an example of a 40 ft RV being tested with a Fluke VoltAlert. Just remember that all Non Contact Circuit Testers are NOT created equal, so you'll want to stick with one of the brands I've documented as operating safely for this test. Remember, this is NOT an authorized way to use a NCVT according the the manufacturer's legal department. But most of them do work exactly as I demonstrate in the video.
So please NEVER accept getting shocked from anything, be it an RV, drill, refrigerator, or even your cell phone on its charger. It's surprisingly easy to stop your heart with as little as 30 volts AC if your hands are wet. Please contact me with any RV shock related questions. And read my articles at www.NoShockZone.org
for all kinds of electrical info.