Originally Posted by cpaharley2008
What exactly is 10/3 SO cordage? Thanks
Probably more than most people are interested in, but some general information on cord:
S types without the "J" are 600v Extra Hard Usage Service Grade.
SJ types are 300v Junior Hard Service Grade.
Code does not specify which cord type (S or SJ) is required for an RV, only length (minimum of 25'). Although SJ cords are lighter & less expensive, they are more easily damaged. Type S cords have thicker jackets, more fillers, and are much tougher (most could be used as a tow chain).
Either can be made with a thermoplastic or synthetic rubber jacket. Thermoplastic insulations are less expensive, but get very stiff when cold, while synthetic rubber are flexible warm or cold, but cost quite a bit more than thermoplastic. To add even more confusion, there are Thermoset cord types that can have good cold flexibility.
The "O" stands for oil resistant and can be added to either weight
An additional "O" stands for oil resistant jacket & insulation, a "W" for weather resistant. If there is a "T" in the cord description, it will be thermoplastic, however some thermoplastic cords leave out the "T".
Carol Wire produces both an S & SJ "Super Vu-Tron"
rubber cord, however #10 is the largest size available on a standard order. This is an extremely flexible cord even below freezing.
Coleman Wire manufactures Seoprene 105 SEOOW & SJEOOW
cord that is rated as extremely flexible at cold temperatures. (this link also explains some of the different letter codes).
More information at LEX Products
and Coleman Wire
Lastly, most of the cord you can purchase at your local big box hardware store will be thermoplastic. You will need to go to a real electrical
supplier to get the better quality cords, and they will not be inexpensive.