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Old 09-02-2016, 11:12 PM   #1
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Extension cords. DO I really need one?

Ok I am a real newbie to RV travel trailering. I am wondering what the need is for an extension cord. I have 30 AMP on my trailer.

So how often have folks found they come up short with their trailer's connection? Do you carry an extension cord with you.

I am thinking I really do not need an extension cord. I like to be prepared so why not ask those experienced folks here?
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Old 09-02-2016, 11:46 PM   #2
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I carry a 30a extension cable. Don't use it often but can come in handy to have. Sometimes for a view, position 'backwards' on a campsite. Had a bad pedestal so was able to reach to next sites pedestal.

I also carry a 100' heavy gauge regular extension cord. Have used it to 'mooch dock' at friends and relatives homes.
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Old 09-02-2016, 11:54 PM   #3
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50A power cord that disconnects from our 5th wheel.
OEM receptacle is at rear of trailer

We traveled FT and came across all kinds of power pedestal configurations.

Fortunately I had installed another power receptacle at front of trailer so we were able to hookup regardless of where pedestal was located.

Would have carried one but sure glad we didn't have too.
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Old 09-03-2016, 12:19 AM   #4
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My primary 50 amp power cable is 25 ft. and it was too short several times. I also carry a 30 ft. 50 amp extension to solve these problems. Never needed anything longer in my travels.

Like wise I carry two 25 ft. water hoses with a Y connectors. Normally, I only use one, but there are campgrounds where city water is farther away.

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I carry a 30 amp extension cord and two 10 foot sewer extension hoses along with a 25 foot hose extension.

I've used every one of them occasionally over the years and 48 states.

You're going to see some strange campgrounds and wonder who in the Heck designed them.
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Better to have them and not need them, then, to need them and not have them! Only takes that one time! Rail!
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I carry a 25 ft, 30 amp extension cord. I use it a couple times a year.
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We have 35 feet of 50 amp cord coming out of the coach. We purchased a 15 ft, 50 amp extension. I have needed it several times and was lucky that the short 15 footer worked out. The 50 amp cords are very heavy and bulky.

If all I needed was 30 amp I would have gotten a 25 foot. I also carry a 50 foot regular 15 amp extension cord with multiple adapters to use just in case. With this at least I can keep the batteries charged.
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You don't need an extension cord - until you do. Then, it's darn nice to have one with you. We carry a 25' w/12 gauge wire. Has kept us out of a couple of jams.
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Old 09-03-2016, 07:38 AM   #10
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as already said.. need it .. maybe not.. but if/when.. you will pay top dollar when you need it.

I have a 25 foot 30 amp extension. and (2) 20 amp, 50 foot regular cords. for electric heater or whatever needed for outside use.

I will do almost anything to stop wife complaining of Cold Feet at the table, or in front of television.
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We've used our 30a ext cord several times, but not that often. Like many things not used often, but real PIA if needed and don't have one. Extra water hose, std ext cord, 30->50 amp adapter.
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Extension cords. DO I really need one?

I had 50 amp but carried a 30 amp extension as the 50 was too cumbersome and I knew I'd hardly use it. I only used it twice in 11 years, but glad I had it.
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I carry one 15' 50 amp ext. cord, one 50' 30 amp cord, two 25' water hoses, and a 5' and 10' sewer ext. Hose. We've used them all at one time or another. Also dogbone cord adaptors.....50 amp to 30 amp, 30 amp to 20 amp.
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Extension cords. DO I really need one?

We carry a 25' 30 amp extension cord and have used it infrequently, but as several others have said when you need one it's best to have one ready.
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