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Posted: 02/19/12 10:11am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The 'compartment' for storage of 50A cord has an opening that is 12"H X 22"W...the compartment is 14"H X 30"W X 12"D.
My cord unplugs.....so in goes the rig end first than I figure 8 it ending with plug end just barely fitting in and being able to close/lock door.
Summer time......goes right in
Winter time......any temp 40*F and above it goes with a bit of encouragement but drop below 40*F and it's easier to just coil it up and toss in back of truck. Besides 4-5 hours later it's going to be put back in service so I often wonder why I don't just throw in back of truck all the time......

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Great!! this is not something I wanted to hear. DW and I are looking at a 50 amp TT and now I have this to deal with. Now I know what to do, camp only in the hottest of weather! Or let DW do it

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old guy wrote:

Great!! this is not something I wanted to hear. DW and I are looking at a 50 amp TT and now I have this to deal with. Now I know what to do, camp only in the hottest of weather! Or let DW do it
One option is to purchase or make a cord with a very flexible rubber outer covering instead of the standard plastic coating.


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Posted: 02/19/12 12:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use a hockey, duffel bag which keeps the cord contained and find that it is much easier to handle inside the bag.


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Posted: 02/19/12 11:27am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My 50amp cord is a PIA summer and winter and I simply have to tolerate it. I can't even imagine having to wrestle 50ft. of it. No suggestion, mine lays in a figure 8 configuration in a storage bay unless it is cold when the coils want to stand straight up--then it gets to be like shoving giant worms back in the can.

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old guy wrote:

Great!! this is not something I wanted to hear. DW and I are looking at a 50 amp TT and now I have this to deal with. Now I know what to do, camp only in the hottest of weather! Or let DW do it
Tell the dealer to install a power cord reel, or you're out the door.

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For maximum flexibility, replace the cord with one made with "Neoprene" insulation.

Quote from Wikipedia:
"Neoprene or polychloroprene is a family of synthetic rubbers that are produced by polymerization of chloroprene. Neoprene in general has good chemical stability, and maintains flexibility over a wide temperature range."

Fan belts are made from it and they have to be flexible over a wide range of temperatures.


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Another thing that can help... Shorten the cord(s). I have a 50 amp rig that came with a 35' power cord with a plastic cover. Definite PIA. I replaced it with a 25' Marinco, still a PIA, but, the cover stays flexible at lower temps and it is about 2/3 the original's length and, hence, 2/3 the original's weight. I also have a 15' 50 amp extension cord (not power cord; the extension cord has regular 50 amp plugs on each end, not the power lug that plugs into the trailer) for those sites where 25' won't reach. 15' is very manageable and if I can't reach the pedestal in 40', I need a new site!

I also use a 90 degree adapter for the power lug. Instead of having to lift the mass of the cable to insert it into the back of the trailer, it is 90 degree bent with a good "grip". Much easier to handle and it allows the cable to hang straight down the side of the trailer as opposed to sticking straight out. Much less stress on the trailer's side and easier to handle.


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Measure your storeage area for size of plastic container it would accept. Go to Home Depot/Lowes buy one according to size of bay. Use it to curl your cord into using leather gloves. Use the lid or toss.

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I store my 50 amp cable in a large plastic storage box (2X3X3) I keep the box in the basement on the driver side of my WF. Same side as the connectors. My first coiling of the cable was a little bit of a chore, but I got the cord wound in the box neatly and like most cables it remembered the position. Now it is a very easy exercise regardless of the temperature to coil it. I always wear gloves and wind it in the box using treated mechanics cloth to wipe the dirt and dust off the cable and connectors. I use a box this large so I do not crimp the cable.


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