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there are. in fact. several solutions to that problem

one is a cord winder. another This is a device patterened after a pitching machine or tennis ball machine used for batting/tennis practice. Only instead of spitting out balls it pulls in the cord which then coils in a TUB much like what many above show.

A Cord REEL like a hose reel (I do not care for these)

There is a type of cord I call a "Super flex" it has a different (Plastic I think) jacket instead of the one that gets real stiff in cold weather. Also the strands of wire are both thinner and more (more strands thinner) so it flexes very easily.. I have a 30 amp cord for my Rig (Currently in use) made of that stuff. Coils as easly at 20 degrees as at 80.

Check with your RV supplier for ready made "Super flex" cold weather cords.

This is an example at home Depot

Also a shorter cord (The one above is 15 feet) makes it easier to wrangle but you may need an extension cord with a short cord. Those alos come in assorted lengths.. I googled "Cold weather 50 amp rv power cord" by the way.


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way2roll wrote:

Have you considered an electric cord reel?

that’s precisely what we did. 25’ on an electric reel. no muss, no fuss. i carry an additional 25’ feet just in case but in 3- yrs have only had to use it once.


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Ivylog wrote:

Buy a 50 to 30 adapter and a 30amp cord...back to the good old days and problem solved.


Such a simple but workable solution! Thanks for the reply...


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Oh what I do... Right now my 50 amp cord is in a Rip-Stop Nylon bag in my car.

On a 50 amp back in site I pull up. Unhook pull the car in and toss the bag out at the power pole.. Then pull out park the car back the MH in and hook up

Exiting I reverse that process Way easier to stow it in the car than the RV.

30 amp site it stays in the bag in teh car and I break out the 30 anp cold weather Superflex cord. Which I am using now.

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goufgators wrote:

Ivylog wrote:

Buy a 50 to 30 adapter and a 30amp cord...back to the good old days and problem solved.


Such a simple but workable solution! Thanks for the reply...

Wouldn't drawing 50 amps over a 30 amp cord potentially over tax the 30 amp cord?

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Walaby wrote:

goufgators wrote:

Ivylog wrote:

Buy a 50 to 30 adapter and a 30amp cord...back to the good old days and problem solved.


Such a simple but workable solution! Thanks for the reply...

Wouldn't drawing 50 amps over a 30 amp cord potentially over tax the 30 amp cord?

Mike


You are correct, the use of a 50 to 30 amp adapter, to use a 30 amp cable to feed a 50 amp panel is a very bad solution. You could be potentially drawing 50 amps over a 10 gauge cable. P[emoticon]

Best solution is using SOOW 6/4 cable! Soft supple and will carry the load!!!!


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if a 30-amp adapter is placed on a 50-amp cable that cable can only be connected to a 30-amp source. on our coach the EMS (energy mgmt system) senses that and won't allow more than 30-amps (actually 80% of 30-amps) to be drawn. the last two coaches we've had since 2000 had that. in the op's situation the 50-30 adapter plugs into the 50-amp connector on the RV and the 30-amp cord into that.

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And in that case, the 30 amp cable will potentially draw 50 Amps, unless you plug into the 30 amp outlet at the source.

OP wants the convenience of 50 amp without the bulk of the traditional 50 amp cable. The alternative cable source is the best option.

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Walaby wrote:

And in that case, the 30 amp cable will potentially draw 50 Amps, unless you plug into the 30 amp outlet at the source.

OP wants the convenience of 50 amp without the bulk of the traditional 50 amp cable. The alternative cable source is the best option.

Mike

a 30-amp cable can only plug into a 30-amp source. i may not have been clear.

the OP is looking to go back to the good ole days of 30-amp RVing cuz the 30-amp cord is easier to handle. the only safe way to do that, IMO, is to use a 50-30 amp adapter at the RV end to which a 30-amp cord is connected between the RV and the 30-amp connection at the post. this presumes the OP's RV has a smart EMS which detects the 30-amp connection. this also presumes that his 50-amp cord is not permanently attached to the RV but rather must be plugged into the RV and the post.

me? i think the bucket idea or the electric reel is the way to go.

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I was thinking you meant 30 to 50 amp connector on trailer end AND 50amp to 30 amp connector on the source end, using a 30 amp cord in the middle, thereby theoretically accessing 50 AMP, over a 30 AMP cord.

I like the SOOW 6/4 cable idea. Im seriously considering that option myself.

Mike

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