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deaner58

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Posted: 02/18/21 08:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am a new travel trailer owner with no previous experience.
I am looking for advice on what gauge extension cords I should purchase for electrical hook ups?

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Assuming you have 1 AC unit, 30 amp.

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Yes 1 AC unit and I believe it is 30 amp

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Usually the included cord is fine for a campsite with a utility connection. A 25' 30 amp RV extension would probably cover the remaining 1% when you are a bit short. Or is there an awkward spot you intend to visit?


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Ok thanks for the advice I appreciate it.
We have not used the trailer yet, bought it at the end of October and the dealer has stored it for the winter. We have booked some camp sites in Ontario Canada starting in May and several sites say the electrical box could be up to 30 ft?

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Get a RV extension cord matching your rig. 25 foot should be sufficient. Gauge should be the same as the one that came/comes with the rig. Normally #10 for thirty amp, #6 for fifty amp rigs


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We're full-time RVers with a 50amp 5er but carry a 25 ft 30 amp cord for those occasions we come up short. We may only use it once a year


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deaner58 wrote:

Ok thanks for the advice I appreciate it.
We have not used the trailer yet, bought it at the end of October and the dealer has stored it for the winter. We have booked some camp sites in Ontario Canada starting in May and several sites say the electrical box could be up to 30 ft?


Hi deaner58,

Welcome to the forums.

Ontario provincial parks are famous for long runs to the power pedestal. I would look for a 30 foot. Best price may be Walmart.

Does the power cord have three prongs or four?


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Good luck with your first camping trip. I hope it is awesome. I remember our first trip. We had a lot to learn. Talking with fellow campers and asking questions here is a great way to learn. Before you know it, you'll feel pretty confident.

As others have mentioned, a second 30 AMP RV power cord can come in handy. You may also want to consider a surge protector to help protect your camper. I like the ones that have an indicator to show you if the power at the pedestal is OK. One thing I have found useful is a power adapter. For example, with a 15 to 30 AMP adapter, you could power most of your camper's electric needs from a standard outlet.


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Thank you to every one who has posted your knowledge and advice it is very much appreciated!! We have a lot to learn but we are looking forward to the ride!!
I am sure I will have a lot more questions to come!!
Thanks again
Bob

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