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Old 07-07-2014, 11:24 AM   #1
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50 amp extension cord....need it?

We are on our first long trip since retirement and have been in a couple of RV parks where my 50 amp cord just barely reaches the pedestal. I have a 30 amp ext. Cord with adapters but wonder how many others carry at least a 15' 50 amp cord. I suspect it will be a rare time when it would be needed but wondering how often, if ever, others have used/needed one.
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:25 AM   #2
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I have one and have needed it a few times.
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I've REALLY needed an extension only one time! I now have a 50A 15' extension in the storage bay!
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:32 AM   #4
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Its funny how you buy an extension cord for the one time you just need it and then you never use it again. I guess the Boy Scout Motto says "Be prepared". Then you have the weight issue. Oh and then there is the DW nag factor because you have so much "junk". I rather be prepared!
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Hi Gary

Happy Retirement!!

Regarding the 50 amp extension cord, I carry a 15' and a 25 foot extension. I actually made both of them buy cutting 40 power cord that had been removed from a different camper and adding the appropriate ends.

Usually if I need one, the 15' is enough and it's small and easy to store. Occasionally I've used the 25, and once both combined.
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I've REALLY needed an extension only one time! I now have a 50A 15' extension in the storage bay!
The first time you need it is the last time you need it!
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:52 AM   #7
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I carry a 30 amp extension plus an assortment of adapters
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I have carried one 30 Foot 50 amp extension and one 30 foot 30 amp extension plus many 12 and 16 amp extensions.

I have used them in various places BUT my travels are not your typical places. In some older places the pedestal is at the front, others it is half way back. My power cord comes from the DS rear corner.

You have a choice, when it's needed you will be glad you have it or if you don't have one then your only option is to move and find another place.

I was at one location in Eagle River Alaska where I was the summer Camper Host for a school that was closed for the summer. Where I finally ended up parking, I had to use my 25 foot coach power cord fished under the rear of the coach, then my 30 foot 50 amp extension followed with a one foot 50-30 amp adapter and then the 30 foot 30 amp extension just to reach the 30 amp power hookup on the outside of the school. Luckily I also use a PowerMaster Voltage Booster otherwise the voltage drop using all of those power cords would have limited us to what could be used inside the coach.

Granted that was an exception and not the norm BUT can you imagine what I would have had to do if I had no extensions whatsoever!

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I bought the 15' cord because I need it when the RV is at home. I have used it quite a few times since, mainly at County Fair Grounds.
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13 years and 150,000 miles have not needed one. We carry a long 20 amp extension which would do for a night, but never used that either.
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we have a 30' 50 amp cord
i have used it often
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I have one and have needed it a few times.
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I had a 25' 50amp extension cord that got used from time to time.

However, it was very heavy and was harder to coil than a piece of iron pipe!
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If you attend "Rallys", such as the Family Motorcoach Rally, in Perry GA and you pay for an electric site, they will urge you to bring an extension cord, because you might be too far from the pedestal. I have a 30' extension, mostly because when I visit my son, (usually 2 or 3 times a year), wants me to park in his yard. My base cord is too short to reach his outlet, so he made me a cord, with appropriate connectors.
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