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dog bones are cheap. If it were me I would get a dog bone and a 30 amp extension cord. changes of you using two a/c's at once are small and you can turn off the air when using the microwave.

I camp throughout the south in the summer and having two A/C's running at the same time is not uncommon. I built a 10' 50A extension cord and have used in twice and loaned it out once. If I didn't have the scrap cord around to build it I probably would have repositioned the trailer instead. When you need 50A, that's what you need. 30A just doesn't hack it when the temps outside are 100+.


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rayrbrooks wrote:
Back to my original question - How often do you use your extension cord? Often enough to cover the cost?

Ever camp in the Houston area in August? If you used it one time it would be worth more than you actually paid. In the last three years I have probably used mine twice, maybe three times and while it was a pretty big expense, I am glad I did.

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Our fiver is 50 amp, we only have one A/C so a 30 amp extension cord is good enough. When traveling and stopping for an overnight we usually get 30 amp anyway but not wanting to unhook I find the most level spot on the pad which on occasion necessitates the need for an extension.


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mbrule wrote:

Lantley wrote:

rayrbrooks wrote:

Back to my original question - How often do you use your extension cord? Often enough to cover the cost?


That is somewhat a loaded question. My last RV was 30 amp I used the much less expensive cord 2-3 times a year.
Now I have a 50 amp rig I imagine I will be in the same scenario.
There are times where accessing pedestal in not possible without a longer cord.
For those few times 15-20 feet of cord in invaluable. What cost are you trying to cover? The cost of coming from miles away to find you can't plug into the pedestal because you don't have an extension cord.
Worst case scenario is you need cord and there is not one readily available or one for sale nearby. How much will it cost to track one down.
Will you need it regularly of course not, but having the cord is like insurance or a spare tire. Hopefully you won't need it.
However they are invaluable when you do.

If you always familiar your destination camp site you can do without the cord, however if you like to seek new destination a cord is a good accessory to have


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I pony'd up and bought one also 50 amp surge guard and a locking device so no one will steal all that copper.


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I have not just one but many 50A extensions. But I have a unique sitation that I need that much cord where I camp the most on hot days. I spend a lot of time at race tracks working as a volunteer official and occasionally driving. The way the paddocks work out, many times they cluster 4-6 towers together to leave lots of room to get everyone in. So once you find a spot, unless you are lucky you usually require 30-60 feet and a few times more of cord to reach the bus.

At normal campgrounds, in the last 3 years I can remeber 2 times I needed the cord because I was 5-10 feet short of the tower from the back of my bus.


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As six year fulltimers, we've gotten along quite well with the 50' 30 amp cord we purchased for use with one of our previous RVs. Not that I would not like a 50 amp cord-set, but the weight and unwieldy nature of the "packaged" ones has put me off. "If" I were to really need one.. I would lean toward purchasing "all temperature" cable and the "yellow RV" ends and make my own. What little we're in "cold" weather, say 30° to 40° and fighting the RV's factory installed cord when unhooking, has made me think about changing it.


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rmalik1 wrote:

I pony'd up and bought one also 50 amp surge guard and a locking device so no one will steal all that copper.

Which surge protector and locking devise did you buy? Are you happy with it?


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rmalik1 wrote:

I pony'd up and bought one also 50 amp surge guard and a locking device so no one will steal all that copper.


I too bought a 50 amp surge guard and a locking device. I then realized I could lock it to the cord and someone, if they wanted it, could simply unplug me from the power riser and disconnect the other end from my camper and take the whole thing. How do you secure it so no one can walk away with it?


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