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Old 01-24-2011, 02:27 PM   #15
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Most cords use the thermoplastic jackets, which are "supposedly" designed fior cold weather, but still are stiff. Couple that with the actual insulation on each wire and the coarseness of each invidual strand of wire and they do get stiff.

Power cord reels have nice, flexible cords. They generally utilize a true rubber jacket, and have conductors made up of finer gauge wire strands (but more of them) in order to easily wrap onto the reel.

I would advise buying a replacement cord for a cord reel from someone like RVupgrades.com rather than a general purpose cord if you want something more flexible.
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Same here, especially in the 26 deg. F weather we had while camping in Myrtle Beach this last Dec. 3rd. Now I've notice the black jacket is backing out of the campground plug end. It looks like it is 'one piece' and the wire is starting to show...don't know how I'll fix that. No, I didn't drive off with it plugged in. Bob
You can buy a male end and replace the broken one. I would rap with electric tape fast until you can fix. Your wire should be braded and the male end you buy will have lugs. Very easy to replace, all lugs marked to colors on your wire.
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I still post, just not as often. I'm up to my armpits in alligators lately. I tried to find you at the Louisville RVIA show but couldn't connect.
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The power that came with this unit is a 50 amp soft and pliable. I've seen replacement 50 amp cords in the stores that you could barely bend.
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You can buy a male end and replace the broken one. I would rap with electric tape fast until you can fix. Your wire should be braded and the male end you buy will have lugs. Very easy to replace, all lugs marked to colors on your wire.
Thanks for your response, I'll do the tape thing until I decide whether or not to replace the whole cord...got Alaska on my mind! Bob
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My Marinco Yellow 50A cord gets stiff in cool weather (35 degrees). It is also heavy at 35'.

So, I store it in a plastic round planter tub to more easily carry and corral the cord.

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Thanks for your response, I'll do the tape thing until I decide whether or not to replace the whole cord...got Alaska on my mind! Bob
Check on the internet first for price. Found 30' extension for $150.00 and the RV stores want $300.00 give or take.
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I mounted a bracket made to store a hose . It makes storing the stiff cord a little easier.It is a 50 amp and pretty heavy.
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whats the longest 30 amp cord you can use? i would like to get at least a 30 ft. one. thanks

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whats the longest 30 amp cord you can use? i would like to get at least a 30 ft. one. thanks

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As to length, there really is no limit, however to prevent excessive voltage drop you need to increase the wire size (and cost) as the cable gets longer. Generally, you want to avoid more than a 3% drop at full load...

You can calculate the voltage drop using Powerstream's Calculator or the one at No Outage. Be sure to include the cord built into your RV in the calculations.
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Check on the internet first for price. Found 30' extension for $150.00 and the RV stores want $300.00 give or take.
That sounds good...thanks, Mike. Did you get one with the rubber jacket? Flexible? Bob
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I bought 30 feet of 10/4 and ends to assemble an extension cord.It didn't cost anywhere near $150.
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I bought 30 feet of 10/4 and ends to assemble an extension cord.It didn't cost anywhere near $150.
I don't quite understand why you are using 10/4. If this is for an RV, you only need 3 #10 wires for a 30 amp RV, but although you do need 4 for a 50 amp 120/240 RV, the wire size must be at least #6 to carry 50 amps.
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