Never be too quick to trust that power outlet.
I once sat and watched as the park ‘maintenance’ man reversed the polarity on the outlet at the next site because the RVer complained he had low voltage.
At another park I got a nice tingle whenever I reach for the door handle of the RV.
You can guard against plugging your RV into an improperly wired power pedestal with a simple, inexpensive polarity checker.
Of course, proper voltage is as important as proper polarity, and you can check that with another inexpensive item.
Check the power outlet for voltage and polarity at your new site before you settle in. That way it won’t be too much trouble to move to another site if there is a problem.
It’s not necessary but if you have a spare outlet in your RV, preferable one you can check easy, leave the voltage meter plugged in to monitor to voltage. During the summer, when everyone is running their air conditioner, the voltage at many parks can drop below the acceptable level.
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