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Old 08-19-2019, 07:06 PM   #1
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Is it ok to have 50 amp power cable coiled while in use

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Is this ok to do?
Any issue from an electrical standpoint?

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Old 08-19-2019, 07:10 PM   #2
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Not really a good idea. Heat will build up faster when coiled, especially during high demand. Closing the compartment will escalate the heat buildup.
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If that is rthe case ALL of ya'll with power reels are in trouble..........


that anaconda cord is WELL insulated.........each wire heavy insulation and then outer insulation


Heat generated is due to resistance -------same as ANY power cord
Coiled up......NOT an issue
No electromagnetic induction..neutral is in that coil
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Old 08-19-2019, 07:30 PM   #4
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Itís not a problem at all.

Why are you using the extension cord? That adds 2 plugs to the mix which are more likely to become problematic than leaving the power cord coiled up.
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Old 08-19-2019, 07:42 PM   #5
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Thanks all,

My coaches cord is a bit short to reach the power at home so using an extension.
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We pulled out what we needed and the rest stayed coiled. No problem at all.
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You won't have any problems leaving it coiled up, from an electrical standpoint.
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Two things will put you in the dark , Heat and Dirt. Dirty Contacts (connection) Loose connections, high current, low voltages = heat. The type of cables coating ( SO _ SOO ) the AWG WIRE SIZE = Current Ratings. For me using a 50 service : , I always un coil and lay cable under coach . It's more for my personal piece of mind than anything. Typically the STARTING loads are the ones that can cause highest current draw. . Full size ref. Microwave, Hot WH ., ACs , Wash- Dryer. When parked in CC in very hot climate we go sightseeing and return to nice cool comfortable coach to relax.
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Not really a good idea. Heat will build up faster when coiled, especially during high demand. Closing the compartment will escalate the heat buildup.
RV power cords are usually temperature rated at 194*F. If your cord is getting close to that temperature you have bigger problems than a simple cord coil.
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You should not have any problems. The cord is insulated. My rig has the cord on a power reel. In the few cases where I have had to use my extension I hook up the extension to the pedestal and only pull out enough power cord off the reel as I need to reach the end of the extension. That way the extension is completely unrolled and it is only the cord on the reel that is coiled.
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I see you may be referring to the NEC wire tables for Open Air temp ratings. The issue with the RVType SOO cord is not so much the Cord but when in the Reel it does inhibit more heat which is transferred to the weakest element and that is the reel brushes and springs that is part of the electric path to the transfer switch contacts and relays. Therefore this heat issue is no longer confined to open air ambient temperatures. Just me and reasons for me to uncoil . For me, the cooler the better ..
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All of the temp rating of the power cables are at full current carrying capacity.

You need a lot of stuff on to draw 12,000 watts, especially while parked next to the house, as the OP stated.

Its fine.
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My coaches cord is a bit short to reach the power at home so using an extension.
Power at home suggests light load, though you haven't said that in so many words. You could be using it as a guest house, of course.

Electrically, no problem. Thermally, likely no problem, especially if you're not loading it up heavy. Run it at the highest continuous loading you normally use at home, and feel the cord after a few hours.
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Hi,



Is this ok to do?

Any issue from an electrical standpoint?



Thanks,
I personally don't see anything wrong with that as my Landmark has a 50 amp power cord on a power wheel. I only pull out as much as I need the rest stays coiled.
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