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Old 09-02-2013, 09:58 PM   #1
Name: Mary
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Extension Cord

Hey Smart People-

I'm outfitting my 1981 Scamp 13' for full-time living on a pretty tight budget. I do not, however, want to cut corners on the things that are important, so am asking the FGRV Brain Trust for recommendations on the most sensible length and technical specs of extension cord to have on board.

As always, thanks in advance for sharing your knowledge!

Mary & The RG
1981 Scamp 13'
2001 Subaru Outback
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:49 PM   #2
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I purchased a 25' extension 30 amp cord. I used it once when I didn't want to put the trailer all the way back under it cover.
In camp grounds (the few that I've used power) the attached cord is plenty long enough. You can usually get within 5' of the power box.

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Old 09-03-2013, 05:55 AM   #3
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The type and size of your cord depends on what you will be needing it for. If you are not operating your a/c then all you need is a 15 amp cord which is substantially less expensive and more manageable. They are found at most hardware stores in 5/10/15/20/30 foot lengths. You will need an adapter to connect your 30 amp cord and your 15 amp cord, just remember you can not operate the a/c with the 15 amp cord.
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:13 AM   #4
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I bought a 25 ft 30 amp cord which is still in it's original packaging. I now carry a 15 ft 12/3 cord and have used it twice in 3 years.
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:44 AM   #5
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I bought a 25 foot RV extension cord which I leave attached and stuffed in behind the 120v door. It has the 30a RV plug at both ends. It comes into use about 10% of the time. I like to have the cord lay flat on the ground to minimize the trip hazard so I often pull out a bit more than I need to assure it's a flat run to the power post.

Some campgrounds like to use a single post to service two adjacent sites and the run can be longish in those situations.

If you don't mind keeping track of an extra item you could get a 10ga outdoor extension of some length. From what I've read, much over 25 foot long and I think you'd risk voltage drops which might be an issue to heavy amp usage like the AC.
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:50 AM   #6
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I carry two extension cords, one is a regular orange construction 15/20 amp extension. I only use this when I'm plugged in at home or when we stop at a friends or relatives home where it can be a long run to a regular house outlet.
It is easily capable of running our trailer.

We also carry a 25' foot 30 amp cord to supplement the trailers 20' cord. We use this at most stops with electricity instead of pulling out the cord built into our trailer.

Equally important is a plug convertor that allows you to plug a 30 amp cord into a 15 amp outlet.

While on the topic we carry two water hoses. We probably only need the second less than 10% of the time.

If you're driving thru Hampton sometime stop by and you can see our solutions to some of these issues. We should be home into October. PM me if you want directions.

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