I carry an extension, and have had my cord hang up a little; however, I was able to pull it out with a little push and pull on it. I have used the extension before too, and have loaned it out to some friends for the weekend too.
One word of caution to those who are faced with a hung up power cord.
When my TT was new the cord would only come out a few feet and stop.
Since it was under warranty I took it back to the dealer.
They assigned one of their top techs to solve the problem.
He pulled on the power cord until the head separated from the protective sheath and then pulled loose two of the wires. Then he pushed it back into the receptacle.
With this in mind, do not just keep pulling. Find an alternate method of undoing the kink in the storage box.
One good thing from this hard lesson. I removed the damage cord after I found the damage and replaced it. I purchased a 50 foot 30 amp cord for replacement. All but 4 feet fit into the storage box of my TT. Up to now I have not had to bring out the extension at any camp ground that I have been in.
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What is involved with converting to the exterior wire like the marinco?
When I converted our previous TT to the Marinco shore cord, I bought a hatch from camping world. It looks like the square cord hatch, but doesn't have the little cord opening in it. I bought the Marinco conversion kit and it came with all the necessary hardware, to mount it to the hatch door.
I cut the hole in the hatch door and mounted the Marinco inlet to it.
I didn't get it oriented quite right, but it did not affect the operation. I cut the existing shore power cord, to allow the hatch to open and wired the inlet up.
It may not look factory installed, but it works great and won't let mice in!
Funny you mention it. The first several times out with my brand new camper, I thought I noticed that the cord seemed about 5 or 6 feet shorter than my 11 year old camper. Both were supposed to be 30', but didn't seem same. And of course I never really took a tape measure to it.
Then one extremely hot September day, pulled into campsite and first plan was to get electric hooked up to get the AC going. Well this time, only about 10' came out. Extremely peeved, I tried everything. Just couldn't get it to come out. Finally, I went into the 100 degree camper and figure out where the cord went. I removed the fused power supply box. Viola, no wonder!
The brainiacs that designed that compartment had screwed a plywood board to the floor to keep the cord from hitting the back of the panel box. Unfortunately, the idiots did not make the plywood panel large enough to touch the other 3 sides of the compartment (left side, right side and top). So, little by little, when pushing the cord back into its storage compartment, it would ocassionally loop around this plywood panel, in effect making the cord shorter and shorter.
I unlooped the cord, called the engineers several choice words, mopped up the sweat off the floor and was absolutely thrilled to find a full 30' cord. When I got home, I "extended" the panel all around with scrap plywood to eliminate the possibility of the cord ever looping around again.
Seems like some of the simplest things in life can become so aggravating.
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I had mine kink several times on our old TT, but I could access the holding bin by removing all the pots and pans under the kitchen sink and unkink it (royal PITA), so I had a Marinco installed. Our new TT is even more difficult to access so I guess another Marinco is in our future. Those things work well but aren't cheap.
The use of an extension cord with the TT cord curled up inside it's holding area seems to be in contradiction of what the manuals say. If it is curled while being
used, heat cannot dissipate from the wire thus creating a fire hazard. This is generally the rule of using all extension cords anytime.
Mine gets kinked quite often. Thankfully I can remove a couple of drawers and straighten it out. I also put a piece of tape around mine when it gets out to full extension. That way I know when I've gotten it all the way out.
Thankfully this has not happened to us yet.... knock on wood. That said, we carry a 25' 30amp extension cord w/ us just in case. I would rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it. We went on a group camping trip last year where the power pedestal had gotten rain in it and shorted out. The guy in our group staying in that site chose to stay on site and hook up to the neighbors (also in our group) 30 amp hookup. He had a 50 amp cord but not a 30 amp one so members of the group all scrounged togethter to get him enough. Unfortunately he was in an end site on the curb side of the other 5er, so the cord had to reach all the way across the other site to the other side of the 5er. We got him hooked up. Luckily it was oct in VA so AC wasn't needed.