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Old 12-11-2015, 12:27 PM   #29
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When hooking-up, I use an extension cord plugged into the pull-out cord, and keep the pull-out cable neatly coiled inside the compartment (and clean). If I need a longer cord, I can use some of the pull-out, but so far the extension has been long enough.
I assume you mean a standard 15 amp type cord. That's a fine solution as long as your power draw is low enough. But there is the rub, do you REALLY know how much power you are drawing? Most people will not, and it would be easy to exceed the cord's rating which is dangerous. In fact, with the added length and smaller wire size, the voltage drop will be more, and available current even lower. And all this is still protected by a 30 amp breaker (in most cases) so really there is no over current protection at all.

So if you go this route be sure you do not draw too much power, and know that even 15 might be too much depending on other variables.
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:53 PM   #30
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I assume you mean a standard 15 amp type cord.
Nope, I'm using a 30 amp cord, but that's a good point that everyone should be aware of power needs and use the appropriate cable. For me, I would be fine with a 15 amp cable if not using A/C, but then you need to use an adapter too.
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:54 PM   #31
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Goalie I'm asking the same question that Gordon just posted. You're losing your potential 30A power supply. I use an a/c combined with heat strip. While I can hook up and use it that way, I would not do it as the norm...especially when I'm running heat (up to 14A draw on the heat strip!).

NOW, as another alternative, a gentleman driving a big diesel pusher GAVE me about a 25' "extension" 30A cord while in Foley, AL this spring. If that's what you mean, then it would work and I have considered it. Just cut the one off in the Scamp and leave the "pigtail" where I can get to it. But then you still have store the cord and that space will be wasted next to the wh. A compartment door sure would be nice there! :-) THAT's an alternative I'd like to see from the factory if it wasnt a strength issue.

Oh well...just a minor aggravation in the big scheme of things.

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When hooking-up, I use an extension cord plugged into the pull-out cord, and keep the pull-out cable neatly coiled inside the compartment (and clean). If I need a longer cord, I can use some of the pull-out, but so far the extension has been long enough.
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Old 12-11-2015, 01:31 PM   #32
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..For me, I would be fine with a 15 amp cable if not using A/C, but then you need to use an adapter too.
Thanks for adding to caution.. and please allow me one more.

Its still easy to exceed 15 amps even without AC. I have a toaster oven in the house that draws 11.5 amps by itself, my RV ceramic heater draws 7 or 11 (low vs hi), and a microwave draw a a lot also. And then there's the coffee maker, a real power hog. Running two or more appliances can put you over. Of course if you are on a 15 amp circuit like at home, the home breaker will protect you. But on a 30 amp circuit you could go over 15 pretty easy.

Use a 30 amp extension cord, as you do, on a 30 amp supply and you're golden.
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Old 12-11-2015, 02:05 PM   #33
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After over 20 years with a fixed power cord, I finally changed mine out in my Escape 19, mostly because it would tangle on things when stowed, but as well some of the little fingers/tabs inside the port had broken, and it was a sure route in for just about anything.

After using the detachable cord for a couple years, I am sold. I will never use a fixed cord again. I have ZERO fear of it being left behind, and almost none of it ever being stolen. I will go with what works good.

Mine is 30A, but it is easy to make a short adapter to 15A, and just use a regular 15A extension cord, which is handy when A/C is not needed, or on that very slim chance the 30A cord goes missing.
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Old 12-11-2015, 02:45 PM   #34
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Not trying to start an argument, but I'm just not seeing any real benefit from your installation.
Well, on a lighter note, I left out a disclaimer: YMMV
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Old 12-11-2015, 02:48 PM   #35
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Mine is 30A, but it is easy to make a short adapter to 15A, and just use a regular 15A extension cord, which is handy when A/C is not needed, or on that very slim chance the 30A cord goes missing.
I had not thought of that (after converting my power inlet)! I do carry a 50 foot 15 amp cord just in case.. but with a small adapter I could plug it right into the male end on the camper* in case of the theft of my 30 amp shore power cord.

Darn! Just when I thought I had my camper properly equiped, I have to add one more thing. This one should do nicely.

or this one on Amazon.

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Old 12-11-2015, 03:08 PM   #36
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I'd have to find someplace to put a detachable cord that wasn't more hassle than wrapping it in a paper towel and feeding it into its compartment.
BTW, that's seven years of debris you see in that compartment. I put nothing else in there.
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I'd have to find someplace to put a detachable cord that wasn't more hassle than wrapping it in a paper towel and feeding it into its compartment.
You could store it, and a whole bunch of other stuff where it goes now.

That is one of the nice things about the detachable, is that it is a nice neat coil, and takes up very little space.

Until one has tried both methods, you can't really appreciate the other one. Both work though, and the camping experience is the same.
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You could store it, and a whole bunch of other stuff where it goes now.
To do that I would have to lower the counter extension, roll back the mattress topper, remove cushions and hold up the bench cover with one hand while tossing the cord into the back corner.
Or, I could unlock my box on the back of the trailer ( two locks and a ratchet strap ) and stuff it in there. <_<
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I thought it looked like it was just the dinette seat. It is nice when it stows easily. I used an outside hatch to stow mine, and will likely do the same with the 5.0TA.
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BTW, that's seven years of debris you see in that compartment. I put nothing else in there.
Time to call in house keeping Glenn, what a mess
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I had not posted previously as I have no experience with a detachable cord. But as the thread has gone to three pages I do have an opinion. I don't see the problem with the original pull out assembly. That said, mine is on the "curb side" of my older Scamp so I end up pulling out 8' more than I should each time.. In use, I close the door around the cord through the little hole and don't think even the smallest mouse could get in. As to ants, I saw something interesting last year. In storage, ants were everywhere around the Scamp crawling up the stabilizers, wheels, jack, everywhere BUT the cord everybody seems worried about as an entry point. I may have sprayed some ant spray on the cord, I don't remember, but it was not an issue in any case.
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I did the 30A inlet conversion on my Bigfoot awhile back, mostly due to the difficulty of wrestling the original cable around in cold weather. One of the best upgrades I ever did.

Today's Bigfoot project - 30 amp inlet
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