Making a ground

Merry Christmas!

We are thinking of Roy and Bonny this morning. They headed to the Texas coast for a warm winter but it seems that that part of the country is getting a white Christmas for the first time in a hundred years. Don and Marilou are camped out in the Florida keys and even that may not be far south enough. Meanwhile Bob and Katherine headed out for a tour deep into Mexico. Best wishes and safe and happy travels to all!

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I am wondering when those Lynx people, or one of their competitors, will start featuring electically conductive leveling blocks and jack stands. Making an electrical connection between your rig and the earth is not usually an issue the typical RV enthusiast worries about unless he has found some fear mongering lightning literature or electric connection manuals for the generator or something.

Grounding your system does four things: (1) It drains off accumulated charges so that lightning is NOT HIGHLY ATTRACTED to your system. (2) If lightning does strike, or if a high charge does build up, your ground connection provides a safe path for discharge directly to the earth rather than through your wiring. (3) It reduces shock hazard from the higher voltage (AC) parts of your system, and (4) reduces electrical hum and radio interference caused by inverters, motors, fluorescent lights and other devices, and not least . . . [Windy Dankoff. Grounding and lightning protection
http://www.dankoffsolar.com/cgi-bin/siteman/page.cgi?g=Detailed%2F79.html&d=1]

When it comes to lightning, your biggest hazard is going to be from broken tree limbs falling on to your rig or from flying debris. As long as you stay inside your ‘Faraday Cage’ RV skinned with an electrical conductor, a lightning strike isn’t like to do any damage to you.

If you are a radio enthusiast then grounding for less interference can be a good idea. A tent stake with a wire to the RV frame is usually good enough if you don’t trust a metal stabilizing jack pressing directly on the ground.

For the electricians, note that your rig does not have what is called a service entrance. This means that the 110v electric (household) plugs and things in your rig do not have the safety ground and neutral connected. Your RV depends upon what you plug it into for the safety ground whether it be a park outlet or a generator you bring along. This is heavy electric code stuff so just be aware. Even some electricians forget that there is a chapter in the code book for RV’s and that an RV is not a house, electic wise.

How about cats and Christmas?
http://www.fluffytails.ca/christmas.asp

For your holiday cookies, here is how to make your own cookie cutter
http://www.student.itn.liu.se/~troja881/cookie/

build your own pipe organ
http://www.rwgiangiulio.com/

The winter solstice occurs Dec. 21 at 7:42 a.m. ET. It is when the Sun is at its southernmost point in the sky, and marks the official beginning of winter. Find out where to see the planets in the morning sky at
http://www.space.com/spacewatch/planet_morning_041220.html

In making a parking lot for a German bus terminal, a 2000 year old Roman truck stop was discovered. see
http://dsc.discovery.com/news/briefs/20041129/romanreststop.html

Pink ‘flying gopher’ gifts
http://www.qgiftsonline.com/store/Pink_Flamingo.html
Holiday Flamingo Claus print
http://www.uptownflamingo.com/aw045.html
Holiday
http://shop.store.yahoo.com/collector-connection/flamchris.html

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