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Posted: 08/13/19 08:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 35' cord and a 15' extension. To date, I've never used the extension. But its one of those things that when you need it, YOU NEED IT. But more than likely, the best use it serves is to give you a little more flexibility as to your setup on some sites. For example, one of the places we visited this summer required us to stretch our our entire main cord to reach the pedestal because of where we wanted to setup. And our plug is on the back corner of our rig. If the plug was another 2-3 feet forward, we would have had to use the extension. But if the extension was available, we would have had to park further back and the setup would have been far less ideal.


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My connection is rear, street side and have a 35’ cable.. i always carry a 15’ @50amp extension and used it I think twice. Its like insurance, don’t need it till you need it.


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We have both 50 amp and 30 amp extensions. We use them a fair bit - especially in places like county fairgrounds and (when we can't avoid them), mobile home parks that have been converted to "RV parks." Most recently, we had to use the 50 amp extension at an Air Force base FamCamp. Military campgrounds are usually laid out better than that!

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W/O looking, we have a 30A ext cord for sure (don't know about a 50Amper tho) and exactly like dutch said is how we use the 30A cord. Had the 30A w/ old RV and kept it when we sold it. Did use an ext cord last summer.


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Posted: 08/13/19 11:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wouldn't be without an extra 25'

You will not need it often, but when you do, it is too late to run to 7-11 and pick one up.

I also have an old, beat up 30A by 30 foot that lives in the bottom of the tool box on the truck with various dog bones.


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Posted: 08/13/19 12:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

cougar28 wrote:

Have you ever had to use a extension to your OEM cord to hook up to power. My old 5th wheel (30 amp) on a few occasions to reach power had to use a extension.Not sure how long the OEM was but just guessing around 25'.My new one has a 35' OEM so thinking I shouldn't need one.


I picked up a used Camco 25' cord on CL here locally. I =have= to use it to plug into the 30a plug I had installed at my house years ago. I use a 50/30 dogbone and have a 30/20 adapter...just in case. :-)

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Always nice to be prepared. I made a 50 amp extension. Also have a 30 amp extension. Have had situations where both were needed. Over 100' of shore power line.


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For 16 years of fulltiming never needed an 50 amp extension. That is until a month ago. Usually I'll just use our 30 amp extension but it was 100 plus degrees and sure needed the second AC. The new cord was needed because of the location of ped and I could only go back so far due to curbing, etc.

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Thanks everyone. I was on the fence about one but with the replies I'll make me a 30ft.I have access to all the cord I need 6/4 600v SOOW.


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cougar28 wrote:

Thanks everyone. I was on the fence about one but with the replies I'll make me a 30ft.I have access to all the cord I need 6/4 600v SOOW.


That's the way. Made my own too. Cut a bad RV end fitting off & put a female fitting on. Why throw good cable away?

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