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Posted: 03/13/19 08:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A power cord coiled inside your rig is not safe

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A power cord coiled inside your rig is not safe


Indeed. My owner's manual says to pull the entire cord out of the "mouse hole" receptacle. I've always been told it's best not to keep a power cord tightly coiled when plugged in.


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Atlee wrote:

billroz wrote:

A power cord coiled inside your rig is not safe


Indeed. My owner's manual says to pull the entire cord out of the "mouse hole" receptacle. I've always been told it's best not to keep a power cord tightly coiled when plugged in.

Curious as to why. Only thing that comes to mind is possibly creating a magnetic field around the coil.

Adding an extension cord could lead to a voltage drop.


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GrandpaKip wrote:

Atlee wrote:

billroz wrote:

A power cord coiled inside your rig is not safe


Indeed. My owner's manual says to pull the entire cord out of the "mouse hole" receptacle. I've always been told it's best not to keep a power cord tightly coiled when plugged in.

Curious as to why. Only thing that comes to mind is possibly creating a magnetic field around the coil.

Adding an extension cord could lead to a voltage drop.

Heat, but that’s only if you’re drawing a bunch of power.

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GrandpaKip wrote:

Adding an extension cord could lead to a voltage drop.


Which is why, if you're not using a detachable main service cable, you're better to cut the trailer's hard wired main service cable down in length so it just reaches outside where it's convenient to connect to an extension cable. In any case where I've done this that's always been 5' or less so voltage drop even at a full 30 amp draw would be an insignificant 0.30 volts over that short length of cable. No question, stuffing just a few feet of stiff 10 gauge cable back through the mousehole is FAR easier than trying to stuff in 25 - no tangles, no heat issue. [emoticon]

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It's due to the "mutual heating" effect. For example, it's why code limits the number of romex cables going through a hole in a wall stud and why cords on electric space heaters shouldn't be coiled up. If you're drawing literally only a few amps, you'll be okay but if say in the summer with AC(s) and other stuff running, not a good idea.

One thing I really don't like about a cord stored in a box inside a TT is that it takes up a lot of valuable space. I converted a previous TT to a detachable cord and I was able to make the box's space accessible through an existing exterior storage door and gained an enlarged storage compartment. Bonus!
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Atlee wrote:

billroz wrote:

A power cord coiled inside your rig is not safe


Indeed. My owner's manual says to pull the entire cord out of the "mouse hole" receptacle. I've always been told it's best not to keep a power cord tightly coiled when plugged in.

Curious as to why. Only thing that comes to mind is possibly creating a magnetic field around the coil.

Adding an extension cord could lead to a voltage drop.



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I didn't know that

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Here is a discussion from a few years ago: Old News





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I did install the type that unplugs from the side of my trailer, it works great.

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Lynnmor wrote:

Here is a discussion from a few years ago: Old News

Kinda puts to rest the whole thing, doesn’t it?

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