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Cummins12V98

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rhagfo wrote:

40' is a great length! It just needs to be the correct material, our 40' 50 amp (6/4)power cable is made of SOOW electrical cord, it easily fits in a 3 gallon bucket even in freezing weather. The bottom picture my hand is for scale.

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Won't wast the time with my similar pics. This is one of the best mod's a person can do. I carry a 25' like above plus my cord reel that has 25-30'.

Cold weather the cord is still VERY flexible.


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I do the same as Cummins12V98 and rhagfo..

BUT, I also switched to the cord rhagfo mentioned ( 50 amp (6/4)power cable is made of SOOW electrical cord) .... MUCH EASIER to coil and store...


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This thread is almost like the “trailer bearing seal” thread from yesterday….


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I have a 75' 6/4 cord that I use for driveway camping at a friends waterfront property. I understand the flexible cords work well. However I seldom need more than 25'. Maybe once a year I need a cord longer than 25' when camping at campgrounds.
Dealing with 40' everytime takes too much effort,especially when 25'will do.
For the record I have been known to wine and complain when I need to get out my 50 amp extension cord!


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ford truck guy wrote:

I do the same as Cummins12V98 and rhagfo..

BUT, I also switched to the cord rhagfo mentioned ( 50 amp (6/4)power cable is made of SOOW electrical cord) .... MUCH EASIER to coil and store...


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Wrestling - The ANACONDA ! :

You can do bins and baskets, and shorter cords, etc., etc.

However (IMO) the best investment I ever made for the Anaconda, is to replace it with a 12V powered cord reel (and cord) - mounted in a compartment.

Pull out the amount you need - push button to retract cord.

The supplied cord is MUCH more flexible than the mfgr supplied cord.
(It's 25 ft.long. I have yet to need -after 10 years- the 15' extension I carry.)

Also, I have the option of re-connecting to the factory wiring to the Marinco connection at the rear of my 5th whenever I wish.....including when/if I sell my RV. The cord & reel can stay with me, for whatever might be next.

Simply un-plug the powered cord & reel and connect the "pig-tail" from the power panel.
NO way to connect (the male plug) to more than one (female) option!

My factory supplied "Anaconda" sleeps peacefully in a cardboard box in the garage.

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On edit: My bad! The cord reel cord is 25' long, not 36'.. Maybe It's the factory Anaconda that's 36' - but not going to drag him out to check.


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ford truck guy wrote:

I do the same as Cummins12V98 and rhagfo..

BUT, I also switched to the cord rhagfo mentioned ( 50 amp (6/4)power cable is made of SOOW electrical cord) .... MUCH EASIER to coil and store...


Add me to the list of those who have made this switch; the difference is night and day! My old cord is in my shed to go with the fiver if/when I sell it.


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Roll your cord? No, unless on a reel.
Coil your cord? Yes. Use the over-under method (Utube video it).
Heavy power and multi-conductor cable will get kinks in it if hand rolled.
Always use the shortest length available to prevent voltage line loss.
When over-underwing into a bin, you can shorten the loops to fit.
Over-undering is the same way a cowboy lasso is coiled. A properly over-under coiled rope or cable can be thrown without kinking.


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Don't anyone think that simply buying a 12V cord reel to put your existing cord on will work. Reason is standard cords are too stiff.

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Cummins12V98 wrote:

Don't anyone think that simply buying a 12V cord reel to put your existing cord on will work. Reason is standard cords are too stiff.


Which is too stiff? (Which is "standard"?)

My factory supplied "Anaconda" is very stiff - it would require a reel twice the size of the replacement cord (which is better quality, much more flexible cord).

IMO - the "standard"(?) factory cord is result of low bid by the mfgr's bean counters...kinda like tires, LOL.
BTW: A factory rep at an RV show admitted same, in re: the bean counters.

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