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I am planning a cross country rv trip and need to get a power extension cord. What do you feel is the maximum length I will need? Trying to not buy more than needed as storage is a premium on our 5th wheel.

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I would recommend a 25' extension cord. Combine that with the power cord from your 5th wheel should be enough to reach the power pedestal. Keep in mind if your 5th wheel is 50AMP the extension cord like your power cord will be heavy.

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Agree with Wiscamper. But at the same time there is always the chance of you feeling the need to say Well Darn... And you need just two more feet... Happy travels.


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When we got our 1st 5er (30amp), bought a 25' or so 30 amp ext cord. Now that we have a 50 amp 5er, I needed to use the ext cord, but in doing so, only used what we needed to because of lack of avail power supply thru cord. In other words, only 1 A/C unit out of 2 or and water heater. No probs. If we had to, could have switched wh over to gas, and have lil more power to use otherwise. But overall, just have to live within the means of of the 30 amp cord. If a 50 amp ext cord is avail, might be a heavy thing unless a sow cord can be found (just learned of this cord last week).


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ACZL wrote:

When we got our 1st 5er (30amp), bought a 25' or so 30 amp ext cord. Now that we have a 50 amp 5er, I needed to use the ext cord, but in doing so, only used what we needed to because of lack of avail power supply thru cord. In other words, only 1 A/C unit out of 2 or and water heater. No probs. If we had to, could have switched wh over to gas, and have lil more power to use otherwise. But overall, just have to live within the means of of the 30 amp cord. If a 50 amp ext cord is avail, might be a heavy thing unless a sow cord can be found (just learned of this cord last week).

They make 50 amp extension cords for a reason. If you have a 50 amp RV it is wise to have a 50 amp ext. cord vs. a 30 amp cord.
For the OP 25' is a effective length and should ensure you can reach the pedestal. You mentioned storage is at a premium, however it would be silly to get a 15'-50 amp cord because you did not have room to store a 25' cord?


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In all the places we have stayed, we only needed a 50 amp extension cord one time on our 35' 5er. And a 15' cord was more than enough. Our trailer connection is on the rear.

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SOW is the cord type and rubber flexibility vs plastic and cost are the main consideration for RVs. Cord weight difference is minor.


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I don't recall ever needing a power extension cord. Water, sure you'll need one once in a while we carry 2 25 ft water lines, and you certainly need extra sewer line. Walmart sells 30 amp extensions BTW.


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Get the cord on the road if and when needed for the minimum length.


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When we got our 5th wheel trailer it had an 25- foot extension RV power cable hooked to the end of the connected power cable... So I asked if I could have that. The sales lady grinned and then finally said I will be in the office for a few minutes... Then In a few minutes she came back out and the extension was still connected to the RV power cable of course... Then she looked at the cable again and said I will be in the office for a few minutes...

I finally figured out what she was telling me to do haha... So I unhooked it and laid it inside the door way on the fifth wheel haha...

It has come in handy a couple of times on my OFF-ROAD POPUP trailer. Always carry it with us...

Like the other post said the Water Hose is more likely to be short... I carry an extra water hose as well...

I also have a Signal TEE RG connection for the cable TV hookup and will run one RG cable to the TT cable TV connection and then throw the other 25-foot RG cable under the trailer. I use this cable to move the TV SET out to the patio sometimes... It is also neat to have the extra 25-foor RG cable in case the it is needed to hook up the cable TV connection to the trailer...

Seems like almost everything you need to do you needs a PLAN B haha,,,

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