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Old 01-25-2013, 02:07 PM   #43
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My UHaul came with a really heavy cord and I was surprised to see that it was only 14 gauge wire covered by generous amounts of rubber and plastic. I guess the logic is that a camper cord gets more abuse and needs all this protection. So, the upside is that if you are worried about a cord shorting while connected to a 30 amp plug, using a real RV cord can mitigate the risk.

Here is a cord with a built in circuit breaker, though I don't know which end has the breaker.

Over-Load Guard 15' 14/3 Extension Cord with Built-In Circuit Breaker in Sacramento - 7170871
Most power cords come in one of two types - S or SJ. The S is 600V insulation & heavy enough to use as a tow chain. SJ is 300V insulation and has a much thinner jacket as well as less fillers. Either is legal as a RV power cord, but I'd prefer S even though it takes up more room when stored.

If you are replacing a cord, try to find a synthetic rubber cord. Thermoplastic cord is the least expensive, and the type usually found in the big box hardware stores. They get very stiff in cold weather. The rubber cords stay flexible in cold weather.

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Old 01-25-2013, 04:29 PM   #44
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I keep 30 to 50 Amp, 15 to 30 Amp, 50 to 30 Amp. adapters in mine due to staying in locations that require evac. for flooding and having to double up on the other RV camp ground. that way one can use 50 or 30 plus I carry a tester to check if wired correctly that uses 15 Amp plug. I also carry 30 Amp ext cord and a few 15 Amps ones for out side lights, space heater(s), water pipe heat tape and such. One of my first after market things was a 30 Amp circuit/ surge protector

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Old 02-04-2013, 08:02 AM   #45
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Francesca, you are clear, and I thank you. Actually, I enjoyed the melting emoticon -- I once had a coffeepot that developed a cord problem, and that is pretty much the way it looked, even on standard 110 household current.

I planned to take along my garage extension cords, since I figure that anything rated for machinery on a construction site can probably manage camping. I just wasn't sure if the plugs could be used directly at the post.

Of course, now I'll want to check gauge and insulation as well. I learn so much from you guys!
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:21 AM   #46
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John, I would love to come to Algonac in the fall! Even if I haven't found my trailer by then, I could look at all the eggs and drool over them!
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:00 PM   #47
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Louise....since you're looking you'll never find a better selection of different brands to check out. That way you'll have a better idea of what you want & need. Also a bunch of very nice people.

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