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    WeareMovinforward Why didn't I think of that? Tips and Tricks:
    October 25, 2020So... my previous travel trailer had 30 amp service and the electric cord pulled out of the side of the camper and when disconnected was simply pushed back in.
    I recently bought a fifth wheel with 50 amp service and a very large and cumbersome electric c...  more
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      Dick & Rosanna Knisley October 25, 2020 I store mine in an old milk crate
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      rvericksons October 25, 2020 Really don't think rain will hurt it. That's where mine goes when we are travelling.
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      Dejavela October 25, 2020 We put ours in the wet bay, right inside the outside storage door.
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      John & Ann Martin October 25, 2020 We use a cord reel that is attached to the floor of the storage compartment and has a handle crank.  Makes it very easy to store or pull out for use!
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        WilliamB October 25, 2020 That's what I was going to recommend!
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        LionRampant October 25, 2020 MorRyde is the brand we use.
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        WeMustRV October 25, 2020 How long is your cord? I have
        A 50’(50) amp cord and I keep it in the basement in one bay that has a roll out tray
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      SilverSport October 25, 2020 I am lazy, I like this.  www.ebay.com/i/272949903605?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-117182-37290-0&mkcid=2&itemid=272949903605&targetid=934800884856&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=9032139&poi=&campaignid=10897980201&mkgroupid=11406584...  more
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        wannabervin October 25, 2020 I guess you’re rich too? Lol. I’m gonna put that on my Christmas letter to Santa.
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        DavidArmy October 25, 2020 That's over 300 gal. of diesel, about 800 average miles of travel. I'll keep the diesel and use a bucket.
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        SilverSport October 26, 2020 It was not that pricey ten years ago but still $59. a year to be able to push a button & suck that heavy cord away has been worth. Not to nit pick but here in CA that price would get you about 190 gal, about one tank full for me.
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      Mike and Donna Wagner October 25, 2020 Speaking of power cords - a BIG mistake we see all the time is folks leaving their power cords that are connected to power in a coil - either on the ground or in a bay or on a power reel. The coil becomes a transformer - that reduces the amount of power g...  more
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        C & C & J October 25, 2020 very true   
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        Tink & Chuck October 25, 2020 Mike and Donna when you have a 25 ft cord and your connection and the power pole are only a foot or two away, what do you do with the excess length if you are not coiling it up?
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        Habadabeer October 25, 2020 Lay the cord full length on the ground in long curves. Any cord with current going through a coil is a big electro-magnet! Read dangerous heat, loss of power to the rig, and can interfere with other electronic devices.
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        SilverSport October 26, 2020 True, we have our reel for ten years, at first I paid close attention and as long as we are not pulling big amps the cord does not get hot. Most of the time we are on a 30 amp service or boondocking, but if on 50 amps with both AC plus on that cord is out.
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        Tink & Chuck October 26, 2020 And then you get a set of rules like this from the camp ground. I kid you not, I read this just an hour after this conversation in the rules section for the park we just checked into.
        Conflict of information in the industry.
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      C & C & J October 25, 2020 as far as storage,  yes not the best idea to get the connections wet,   can build up corrosion over time,   just a though,,   also got to be somewhere you have enough storage for the power cord.   
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      Bruce & Linda (Omnibus) October 25, 2020 Depending on the length of the cord, it can be coiled up in a 5 gallon bucket (Lowe's or The Home Depot) for storage. There are automatic cord winders that will put a cord into a bucket (or bucket-like) container, but that would require a lot a room to i...  more
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        Habadabeer October 25, 2020 And here I thought I was the genius who came up with using buckets! I have 2, each is 3 (not 5) gallon. One for the 50 amp, and one for the 30 amp and a heavy gauge 3 prong extension. Makes it much easier to tote, and due to the smaller size, can fit in m...  more
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      wannabervin October 25, 2020 We have the space in our basement. I just push it in and coil it as it goes. Comes out again at the next stop, so it’s never really in the way.
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        Habadabeer October 25, 2020 You must have a whole lot more storage than I do! I have my storage totes stacked like Tetris blocks to fill every square inch of space in my bay.
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      Mike and Donna Wagner October 25, 2020 @Tink & Chuck - Habadabeer is right - just stretch it out along your RV in a big long loop - on the side of your RV on the ground. ~Donna
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      J Wells October 25, 2020 We put ours in a milk crate to store
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        Crown "Darrell" Royal November 22, 2020 Same here
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        John & Ann Martin November 24, 2020 We purchased a hand crank reel designed for a power cord.  Wrap a towel around it as we wind it on the reel to get off any excess moisture.  Storage space is minimal and the work to store it is minimal.  Love it and highly recommend it.
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        DavidArmy November 25, 2020 From the, Open Roads Forum Topic: Do coiled power cords heat up and cause fires? Posted By: holstein13 on 11/07/15 08:19pm I've heard many folks on this forum say that if you leave a power cord coiled up or don't roll it out all t...  more
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      Eric and Jen October 25, 2020 I have a 33 foot, heavy as all get out, 50 Amp cable that came with our MH. I only use it when we're in very hot weather when we are going to be using both AC units. At all other times, I use a 50 foot, 50 Amp extension cord that I made from 30 Amp rated ...  more
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        Jenna & The ZARGON October 27, 2020 Sounds like you are living dangerously Eric & Jen!?!  Like using Radio Shack speaker wire to power a 2500 watt Electric heater.  .. just a matter of time till you have a meltdown.  
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        Bruce & Linda (Omnibus) October 27, 2020 Agreed. Circuit breakers, like the ones found in an RV pedestal, are designed to protect the wiring, in this case the shorepower cable as well as the RV park/campground wiring. Even though someone does not "intend" to use more than 30A, the fact that th...  more
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      MRJohnston October 26, 2020 Sounds like a bucket (with a lid) and into the back of the truck will work.
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      Dejavela October 27, 2020 I didn't know about coiling the wire when in use. Good to know!
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