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Cummins12V98

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RRinNFla wrote:

OP didn’t say if they had a trailer or MH.

I use a sturdy laundry basket, then store it in the bed of my pickup. That makes it easily accessible at the next stop.

I am going to look into the SOOW option.


I prefer the 6/3 & 8/1 SOW because it's smaller diameter. Mine shown came from a Construction 50A temp power cord. Good enough for Commercial Construction good enough for the RV world!!!


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

^^^^^ YEP those are the ends. Thanks for posting the pics.


Those are the ends I used as well. I bought the cable off of Ebay.


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I posted my issue with the Camco ends in another thread….

Long story short, I burnt up 1 lag and had an issue Labor Day weekend… If and WHEN I replace the cable, I’ll look for better connections


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ford truck guy wrote:

I posted my issue with the Camco ends in another thread….

Long story short, I burnt up 1 lag and had an issue Labor Day weekend… If and WHEN I replace the cable, I’ll look for better connections


Sorry for your troubles, but burned plugs happen a lot with RVs, it isn't just camco brand either, OEM molded plugs melt too.

See THIS THREAD

The problem stems from the fact that campgrounds shore power sockets are often extremely wornout and are in need of replacement.

The constant plug/unplug motions wears the socket contacts, sometimes may weaken the spring action in the contacts along with excessive heating from constant heavy loads, arcing of the contacts because folks do not turn off the main breaker before plugging in or unplugging and natural corrosion of the contacts from moist outdoor air exposure.

You can buy non camco 50A stove plugs in your local Home Depot or Lowes but you will find they are of the same construction as the Camco version. Not to mention the non Camco versions are typically "universal" plugs that cam be configured for several different sockets which I do not care for since it means the pins fit loose in the plastic part of the plug. Just makes it feel cheap (and they are not exactly cheap to buy).

In reality, a RV plug is pretty much sacrificial, it will wear out and replacement most likely will be eventually needed.

There isn't much you can do about the campgrounds socket issues but you can use the best practices of always flipping the main breaker off before plugging in or unplugging. That reduces the wear on the socket and your plug be removing a heavy arc over from a heavy load running.

You can also plug/unplug your plug a few times before turning on the main breaker. This action can help to clean/shine the socket connections some which reduces connection resistance from moisture corrosion and previous arcing.

Internally on any replacement plug, you should periodically check the clamps that hold the wire to the pins, those clamps can over time with heating and cooling and wire movement can creep loose or you may not have gotten them tight enough in the first place leading to a poor electrical connection that overheats under heavy loads.

In reality, 50A plugs and sockets were originally meant for one time plug in devices like electric stoves in a environmentally stable home, not so much for RV use..

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The factory one, the good one, is heavy and stiff. But...make one lop, on arm turn the other way for the next loop and so on on your off arm. You will have a strong arm by season's end if you extend the whole cord, and coil back up. Next coach will have the cord, water and sewer on powered reels. It makes things easier f the cord is clean. If it has been down in the dirt or gravel or rain, it gets cleaned by hose or just wiped clean, by wife as it is retrieved.

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down home wrote:

The factory one, the good one, is heavy and stiff. But...make one lop, on arm turn the other way for the next loop and so on on your off arm. You will have a strong arm by season's end if you extend the whole cord, and coil back up. Next coach will have the cord, water and sewer on powered reels. It makes things easier f the cord is clean. If it has been down in the dirt or gravel or rain, it gets cleaned by hose or just wiped clean, by wife as it is retrieved.


"The factory one, the good one....."

It's heavy and stiff 'cause it's the cheapest one the factory bean counters could find & supply with the RV!!..[emoticon]

Should lop off their heads, LOL.

1. Purchase a quality cord!

2. Cheap & easy way to store your old or the new one - laundry tub, milk style plastic box, etc.

3. Best way is a powered 12V cord reel with your *new* more flexible cord. Pull out what you need - push button to rewind.

[emoticon]..[emoticon]..[emoticon]

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I don't have a transfer switch in mine so cord it permanently attached at one end. When I plug in mostly to recharge batteries I keep the coils in the cord when I plug in. When I disconnect I just follow the natural coils in the cord and it coils up nicely. It is kind of like coiling a garden hose flat or a heavy rope each coil needs a slight twist to lay flat for the first time.

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Most folks either use a cord reel (powered) or a "tub" like a wash tub or a muck out tub (Wash is bigger .

I just coiled it like a garden hose about 2' circle
Now.. I full timed so I did not put it in the storage bay. I stowed it in the passenger or rear seat of the car. Even cold it often went in there. If it was too stiff to coil I took it inside and laid it on the floor to warm up while I drove to next CG.


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