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Old 05-07-2011, 08:37 AM   #1
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What about 50 amp cord reels...?

Are they worth the expense and area they take?

I don't like where Alpine has my electric cord...(in the last bin under the dining area slide). I'm going to move mine to the very last bin on the passenger side...just behind the water supply dump station bin.

I'm thinking that I could mount a rack on the left side wall of that bin to wind the cord up on much like a water hose rack on the side of a building. I'm right handed...the bin access is good there, and I can make a very sturdy rack quite easily that would keep the cord up off the floor of the bin. (I'm a welder among other things...with a well equipped shop.) It would still take up a good bit of room...but it would have to be better than the pile of cable that takes up one whole section of floor where it is under the main slide.....I think??

I like the idea of the self retracting reels...but I don't like the idea of maintaing a 50 amp connection as the reel rotates. Seems like that could be a problem area compared to a direct wire in.

Simple is good and usually cheaper...does have anyone have any ideas in addition to a self retracting reel? Or any suggestions at all...
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Are they worth the expense and area they take?

I don't like where Alpine has my electric cord...(in the last bin under the dining area slide). I'm going to move mine to the very last bin on the passenger side...just behind the water supply dump station bin.

I'm thinking that I could mount a rack on the left side wall of that bin to wind the cord up on much like a water hose rack on the side of a building. I'm right handed...the bin access is good there, and I can make a very sturdy rack quite easily that would keep the cord up off the floor of the bin. (I'm a welder among other things...with a well equipped shop.) It would still take up a good bit of room...but it would have to be better than the pile of cable that takes up one whole section of floor where it is under the main slide.....I think??
I like the idea of the self retracting reels...but I don't like the idea of maintaing a 50 amp connection as the reel rotates. Seems like that could be a problem area compared to a direct wire in.

Simple is good and usually cheaper...does have anyone have any ideas in addition to a self retracting reel? Or any suggestions at all...
l I was concerned about connection to the reel also. That is why I choose a TDI reel. TDI uses an airplane brush block. If the brush block will work on a propller spinning at 3000 rpm for 2000 hours, how long will it last on a power reel. I installed the reels on my last two motorhomes, with no problems. You can reach TDI Products at 904-242-0742
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Old 05-07-2011, 09:07 AM   #3
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They make a very soft 50 amp wire, If you use that for manual handling your life will be easier. Also the Glendinning Reel maintains constant electrical contact..downside is the space it takes and cost. Good part is it can be mounted farther inboard in a dead space and channeled out if necessary. Just options.
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What and where??
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WHAT??
...Glendinning's RV-Cablemaster Page

Where??
I dunno..you'll have to find a value out there
here's an example
BoatFix, Inc :: OnLine Store

My Alpine came with one from the factory..
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I can't tell you where to buy the Glendinning either, but my coach also came with it, and it has worked flawlessly for 7 years. Never even blew a fuse. I would not hesitate to buy one based on worry of whether it would work. Just whether it is worth the price. I think it was.
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Vagabond water was a Glendinningd dealer. i don't know if Emike has them or not.
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I love mine, but it came with the coach. If my next coach doesn't have one I will install a Glendinning. I have added a hardwired Progressive surge and voltage protector and would do that also on a new coach. Makes electrical connection a snap. Now if I could just find something that easy for emptying and rinsing grey and black water tanks I would be a happy man. (until something breaks anyhow)
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Ahhhh..
...now I see what the 4 holes and imprint on the carpet were for. Evidently my coach had a Glendinning reel at one time...the holes and imprint would match that reel.

The dealer or previous owner must have kept it.
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Look up tdiproducts.com or shoreline reels. This reel is a smaller footprint. I think it is the one that was used in 2007, 08, 09 Alpines. Also, look at the glendinning web site. They have one with a smaller footprint as well.
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Stan, I am like you in the fact that if I can make it for a fraction of the cost, why would I pay for one. My thought on making a cord reel with relation to the connection. Put a plug on both ends with enough cord on the coach end to plug into a recetacle. Or put a pigtail with a plug from the coach & a receptacle on the reel. Plug in both ends when you are parked & ready for electricty.
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I did not follow the links but the best cable management product I've seen is basically a power-bucket.

This device uses a device not like an automatic ball pitching machine to 'Reel in" the cord, the plug end will Twist as you real it in (this is normal) and it coils up inside a bucket like bin inside the unit.. The cord is solid all the way to where it connects to the motor home. No beaks, no rotary connections, I don't have one but I've seen them.

What I do is wrestel the cord the old fashion way.

My rig the cord disconnects,, it's not so long as to be a problem coiling it exactly as the system I described above does.. Though I must admit my super-flex 30 amp is way easier to wrestle
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PPL Motorhomes sell rv parts, and has generally good prices. Stan send me PM or an e-mail. I can give you a price, and think I can drop ship it to you. You can install it I am going to assume. If you sell the coach, leave it in please.
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