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Old 03-07-2012, 01:50 PM   #15
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Thanks Joe. I have the plugs, so my best bet would be to get a length of 6/4 and be sure. I still don't know what SO and SOOW means. Does it have to say that on the wire?
SO and SOOW is a rating appied to the outside jacket of the wire. They are both 600Volt rated cords and either rating will work. The labeling is in concern with environment conditions of various type. Wet, Oil, Chemicals etc. In this case any would work for application you are using it for.

The range cable mentioned is a pre-assembled cord cut to length with the male end already attached. You would need to purchase the female end and attach it yourself. I've never heard of one that has 6/2/-8/2. They are usually 6/3 - 8/1 meaning you have three #6 conductors (L1-L2& Neut) plus one #8 conductor (green) which will be the grounding conductor. This cord would work as well but sometime trying to remove it from a receptacle can be a little difficult as it may hard to get a good grip on it to pull it out.

Hope this helps a bit.
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SO and SOOW is a rating appied to the outside jacket of the wire. They are both 600Volt rated cords and either rating will work. The labeling is in concern with environment conditions of various type. Wet, Oil, Chemicals etc. In this case any would work for application you are using it for.

The range cable mentioned is a pre-assembled cord cut to length with the male end already attached. You would need to purchase the female end and attach it yourself. I've never heard of one that has 6/2/-8/2. They are usually 6/3 - 8/1 meaning you have three #6 conductors (L1-L2& Neut) plus one #8 conductor (green) which will be the grounding conductor. This cord would work as well but sometime trying to remove it from a receptacle can be a little difficult as it may hard to get a good grip on it to pull it out.

Hope this helps a bit.
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Home Depot had 6/4. $ 5.50 a ft. EEK

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Peanuts to you rich RV guys.
I only bought 4'.
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If you dont need the plug, you can go to any electric supply house and buy the cable for however many feet you need. If you do need the plug the supply house and any place like Home Depot or Lowes will have it.
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If you dont need the plug, you can go to any electric supply house and buy the cable for however many feet you need. If you do need the plug the supply house and any place like Home Depot or Lowes will have it.
That's what I did. See above.
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Yeah the price of copper these days is out of site. Just like the fuel prices.
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AWG merely tells you the size of the wires inside. Other designations refer to the whole package, e.g. insulation type, heat range, indoor or outdoor use, voltage, etc. Some common examples are type NM (regular indoor house wiring) and UF (underground feeder). For RV shore cord usage, you want something rated for outdoor use (not range wire "pigtail") and resistance to damage from rocks and such. Theer are several wire types rated for use as a "Portable Cable" but SOOW is the most common one used for Rvs.

Type SOOW is designated for portable power cables and rated for indoor or outdoor use and resistance to water, abrasion and ultraviolet

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You really want 6/4 (or 6/3,8/1) for an RV 50A power cord. The electrical load in an RV is often severely imbalanced, which means the neutral has to be the same #6 size as the two #6 hots. It's ok to have the ground be slightly smaller (#8) becasue it is not normally a current carrying wire and thus not subject to heat and overload concerns.

I would not use a range cord pigtail because the wire is not rated for outdoor use.
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No problem. I am installing a 50 amp portable progressive surge protector in a basement compartment. I need to make a 3-4' cord coming from ceiling of compartment ( where power cord comes down from transfer switch in bedroom ) to plug into surge protector.
I plan to do the same thing in a couple of weeks. I am going to cut my existing power cord 3 to 4 feet from the end that connects to the Bounder and install connectors to connect to the EMS-PT50C. This will keep the surge protector in the wet/sewer/electrical bay out of weather and out of sight. I know this will make my power cord a few feet shorter but I carry a 30' extension.
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I plan to do the same thing in a couple of weeks. I am going to cut my existing power cord 3 to 4 feet from the end that connects to the Bounder and install connectors to connect to the EMS-PT50C. This will keep the surge protector in the wet/sewer/electrical bay out of weather and out of sight. I know this will make my power cord a few feet shorter but I carry a 30' extension.
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I have a few ideas of where I'm going to mount it , but don't like any of them. Have you given any thought on how you plan to do it?
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I have a few ideas of where I'm going to mount it , but don't like any of them. Have you given any thought on how you plan to do it?
I don't know yet. I was going to lay it on it's back in front of the water panel just inside the storage compartment door. Don't realy like that location, puts it in direct line of the water connection and as we know want can go wrong will. I have a couple of weeks so I may take another look about where to mount it. Maybe on the right wall near the plug. It depends on how tight the cable will bend. What have you come up with?
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I have a few ideas of where I'm going to mount it , but don't like any of them. Have you given any thought on how you plan to do it?
Mine's mounted in the electrical bay right where the 50A cable comes in from the pedistal. Just cut it and wired it in, no plugs necessary. I don't have a transfer switch though. *I* am the transfer switch.
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I don't know yet. I was going to lay it on it's back in front of the water panel just inside the storage compartment door. Don't realy like that location, puts it in direct line of the water connection and as we know want can go wrong will. I have a couple of weeks so I may take another look about where to mount it. Maybe on the right wall near the plug. It depends on how tight the cable will bend. What have you come up with?
Stay tuned for the 5:00 report . I was hopeing you'd bail me out. I will get to the Bounder in a few days and will come up with something.
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