The Old Soul, the Inspector and me – RV Hot Skin condition

“You’re the one that I want” by Olivia Newton-John

“I got chills they’re multiplying and I’m losing control cause the power you’re suppling it’s ELECTRIFYING.”

First, I must say “I have had enough of this foolishness”. Did you ever say that to one of your kids? One of the things I do every day while drinking my coffee is to check out Facebook groups that I am a member of. One of the groups I check out is a RV interior design group.

Three times this week someone has said something about attaching things to the wall of their RV and each time I have replied and explained about the “RV Hot Skin” condition. You know, when you put a hole in the wall of your RV using a nail or screw and hit a wire or metal and electrify your house. I say, “Don’t put holes in the walls”. ALWAYS use command strips, hangers or other adhesive hangers.

So here I am sitting outside waiting for the day to come alive, drinking my coffee and waiting for the sun to come up. By the way if you don’t know, this is the most amazing time of day. Watching the darkness and then it turns grey and then it will get cold and the sun will start to peek out.

Anyway, I’m scanning through Facebook posts and there it is again! Someone wants to know what to use to hang pictures with. So, I respond and explain the whole Hot Skin issue and I feel like I’m talking to my kids. I’m thinking “I have had enough”. Folks need to understand that a RV Hot Skin condition can Kill You.

So, let’s look at RVing. We are living in a Recreational vehicle and they are built to take you camping, to travel down the road, to give you something besides a tent to enjoy this country of ours. I have not found any magazines about RVing that include ‘RV Beautiful” or “RV Home & Gardens.” But there are several magazines about being on the road, traveling around, being at the beach or in the woods.

I use command strips and hangers to hang things on our motorhome walls. I buy them at Dollar Tree or Family Dollar as they are a little cheaper in price at these stores. And they do the job. My pictures have traveled through the mountains, down I-75 through Atlanta, on the rough roads in Michigan and they all stay right where I hung them.

The Facebook post that got to me today was when someone said, “don’t use command strips, they don’t work”. That’s why you are getting an earful today.

My RV will never be “Magazine Beautiful”. I don’t have all the cute “Camper “materials and Knick knacks. It is made to travel down the road and to see the country.

I have a standard kit and/or process. I use anti slip shelf liner on all my counter tops as they hold things in place and I have foam packing sleeves for the dishes. And I use command strips.

So please join me on my campaign to rid the RV world of “HOT SKIN” conditions before someone ends up being ELECTROFIED.

And thanks for listening to my rant.

As always on to our next adventure,


Do you have a RV Hot Skin condition?

How many RVer’s have heard of a RV Hot Skin condition? When I mention we will perform a “hot skin” test to a buyer that hires us to do a RV inspection, they say, “hot skin”, what is that?

When we do RV inspections, it is a mandatory that we must perform a “Hot Skin” test on all types of RVs we inspect. This is a life safety issue along with a propane leak test, detectors, etc.

This is me doing a Hot Skin test on this RV recently.

What do I mean by a RV “Hot Skin”? It occurs when the frame of the RV is no longer at the same voltage potential as the earth around it. This can be caused by an incorrectly wired electrical pedestal, a previous RV owner improperly re-wired his electrical cord that may have gotten damaged. It could happen by someone attaching an item to an RV using a screw and hit a wire behind the wall. These situations can cause stray 120V current to travel around various metal parts of an RV.

When this happens, someone can be shocked when say, grabbing the handle entering an RV, maybe it is stepping on the entry steps to an RV or maybe standing on wet grass and opening a cargo bay door. People may only receive a little tingle versus a shock, either way, it is an indication that there is 120V of current “free flowing” in the RV and this is very dangerous. How dangerous is it, so dangerous that people and pets have died due to having a “hot skin” condition in their RV.

What should people do if they experience a “hot skin” condition in their RV? Stop using the RV and have it looked at by a qualified RV Technician. An individual can attempt to determine the cause of the stray 120V and even repair it themselves. Bottom line is get it repaired as soon as possible and do not use the RV until it is repaired.