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Posted: 06/16/19 12:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

time2roll wrote:

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

That will mean cross your fingers and there is one available. At that point you will be happy to be overcharged and pay and inflated price because you have no choice.
Or you can be prepared and have an extension cord in your storage area.


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elishaman wrote:

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.


I had a 30a plug installed at my house when I had my old FW, and needed an extension cord to reach it. That meant that an extension was required when I got the new one. I was able to find a used 25' Camco cord on Craigslist and made it a part of my standard kit. It must be an SOOW cord as it's a helluva lot more flexible than the OEM cord. I've not had to use the extension while on the road, yet, but I have/had them...in case.

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Assuming you have a built in cord...25ft extra can be handy.

I generally don't like going much further than that unless it's limited to light duty (no air/con, microwave, etc...) When considering how many amps can be handled, length and number of connections lowers the allowable amps before you run into too much voltage drop.

If we do get in that situation, we just keep the high draw items off and use a light duty cord with adapters for the extra length.


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Posted: 06/17/19 07:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My rig came with 25' cord. I bought another 50' 50AMP cord to match it. I've been forced to use it a couple times. You can find good prices on EBAY.


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how long is your rv?
how long is your "factory" cord.
subtract the cord length from the rv length.

add in a couple feet round up and thats how long it needs to be at max length.
just think, if the power is farthest away from your power input spot.

or hard wire in a cable front to back in your coach. with a plug up front, one at the rear, and one mid ship. then just one 25 footer just might be all you will ever need.
but always use a quality surge protector in line with this or any power supply cord.


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I carry a 25’ 30 amp cord. I use it all the time at home and have only on one occasion. Used it on the road. I also carry a 35’ 12 gauge 15 amp cord that I run from the power pedestal to my outdoor cooking area. Between the electric frying pan, coffee pot and ice maker it is nice to have the extra power available and not be just limited to the single exterior outlet on the rig (which happens to be on the same circuit as a bunch of indoor stuff) If we are ever in need of longer for the main 30 amp cord I can use this additional 15 amp cord and limit the amount of things we use. In our area power for the furnace is more important than AC anyway and a 15 amp circuit handles this easily.

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FWIW in 15 years of RVing, I've never needed more than the OEM power cord. I suppose it could happen, but it never has and we've covered a fair amount of country and most states. Just a data point that I don't carry an extension cord and have never needed it.


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You know what that say "Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it"


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Michelle.S wrote:

You know what that say "Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it"
Yeah, that applies to a lot of stuff, and you'd be carrying everything but the kitchen sink if you strictly adhered to it.

Yep, sure could use 2 or 3 spare tires, just in case. Sure could use those complete set of wrenches, just in case. Sure could use another tow vehicle as a back up, just in case. Sure could use a complete axle set, just in case. The list goes on and on. Sometimes you just have to say, "Okay I'm carrying enough stuff, and I can get by just fine".

Which has been proven over the last 15 years. In fact the only thing I've ever needed and didn't have was another spare tire when the trailer blew 2 tires within 20 minutes of each other. And you know what? I still carry just one spare tie.

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packnrat wrote:

how long is your rv?
how long is your "factory" cord.
subtract the cord length from the rv length.

add in a couple feet round up and thats how long it needs to be at max length.
just think, if the power is farthest away from your power input spot.


This. Our toy hauler is 43' feet now and the stock cord is about 35'. The inlet is about middle of the camper. I've needed a 15' extension on quite a few occasion in the last 15 months.

On my last fifth wheel, it was 42' and the stock cord was about 35'. The power inlet was in the rear corner of the rig. I only needed an extension once but had to be particular about where I parked less than 5 times ... in almost 6 years of ownership!

For the OP- throw the extension cord in the truck bed. Doesn't take up premium storage space in the fifth wheel and is there when you need it.


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