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Old 07-01-2014, 09:55 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Power cord storage?!?

First of all I need to rant. Why do they make the power cord storage cabinet so dang small? No matter how I put the cable in the storage box, their is no room for error. It that cable was another inch longer, it would not fit. Are their some tricks to storing these cables?
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... Are their some tricks to storing these cables?
Yep. Snag a little used bay & put in one of these :

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I lopped mine off so only a foot of cable extends from the trailer. My big extension cord is now in a crate in a bay. if I'm just charging the batteries, I'll just use a light weight extension cord instead of pulling a 50 amp.
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One option is to cut your power cord and turn it into a short pig tail cord by putting a male end on it. Put a female end where you cut the original cord and just plug it into the pigtail cord when you want to hook up. You can put your "new" cord in another compartment when unhooking. That eliminates trying to shove 10# of stuff into a 5# container.
OOps, just noticed Brentw already made that suggestion.
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I have had two power cord automatic winders in my shop, not motorhome.

I've seen many people with them on their RV's and I always wondered if they had problems with them like I did with my two.

Mine would bind up unless you wrestled with them as they wound the cord. They were more of a pain than an asset for me.
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First of all I need to rant. Why do they make the power cord storage cabinet so dang small? No matter how I put the cable in the storage box, their is no room for error. It that cable was another inch longer, it would not fit. Are their some tricks to storing these cables?

I bet it only fits in the compartment when it's warm and the cable is flexible. We have the same issue, the storage compartment designated for the power cord in our trailer is also to small (useless). I installed a couple shelves in the front by the generator for the power cord, extension cord, surge protector, dog bone and water hoses. It's not the most convenient way but keeps everything organized.
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I had the same gripe, more so on cold weather. Had a power reel installed in the same bay with new flexible cord, all is good. The old stiff cord is only used from the 50 amp in my shop to the MH parked at home.
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All good ideas! I'm going to the store today to buy new elec. connections.
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I have had two power cord automatic winders in my shop, not motorhome.

I've seen many people with them on their RV's and I always wondered if they had problems with them like I did with my two.

Mine would bind up unless you wrestled with them as they wound the cord. They were more of a pain than an asset for me.

Actually, my Glenndining Cablemaster has been 100% trouble free for 7 years of full timing.


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Actually, my Glenndining Cablemaster has been 100% trouble free for 7 years of full timing.


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I just looked them up. Holy cow they better work good at that price!
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I just looked them up. Holy cow they better work good at that price!

I certainly would not argue that the price is low, but I would argue that they are a good value. A good % of that price is for the premium cable they are loaded with. They stay flexible even in very cold weather. Since they are a coiler rather than a reel, there are no slip rings to cause problems. Mine was OEM and had worked flawlessly (knocking wood furiously) for 11 years now.


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I had an 07 Mandalay with a reel type power cord and it worked great. Maybe the last 2 feet wouldn't have room on the reel but that just tucked in the cabinet and sufficed. BUT on my newer Newmar the power cord is the type that feeds the cord down into a plastic bucket. It relies on friction to grip the cord and spit it down into the bucket. Not a good system. If the cord didn't wind down just right into the bucket, it would jam the feed and stop. It seemed the bucket circumference was just too small to allow it to feed in smoothly. My solution was to remove the bucket and just let it feed into the compartment. With just a little help you can get it to wind down in below the feed motor without jamming because it is not restrained by the plactic bucket size. Plenty of room in the compartment without the bucket for it all to work nicely. I would get a reel type or live with hand feeding into the bay before I would spend any money on getting an overhead feed type system that wants to put it all into a bucket.
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Eight motor homes without an electric reel for the cable and Now I will never be without one.
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And as someone has already mentioned, generally the cord supplied is not of a high enough quality to be very flexible. if you change it out make sure it is rated for cold weather. the cheap thing I cut off could be used as a flag pole at 60*f.
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