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Old 11-08-2014, 10:35 AM   #1
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Drive over power cord?

Is it safe to drive over the 30A power cord?

When plugged in, my cord runs across the driveway. Rather than unplugging it every time we run out, can it be driven over?

Maybe a stupid question, but thought I would ask.
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Old 11-08-2014, 10:41 AM   #2
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Good question. I think if it were me, I would put a board on each side of the cord so when driven over it would be like a speed bump, but not doing any harm to the cord.
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Get a 2x6 and cut a 1"x 1" deep slot down the center. Fit it over the 30 amp cord and drive away.
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Old 11-08-2014, 12:02 PM   #4
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Get a 2x6 and cut a 1"x 1" deep slot down the center. Fit it over the 30 amp cord and drive away.
X2 if you are continually driving over it not just once.
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Old 11-08-2014, 12:13 PM   #5
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Driving over it cannot be good. Driving repeatedly will likely cause the internal insulation on the wires to become pinched.
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Old 11-08-2014, 12:21 PM   #6
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I agree with the others, do not drive over it.
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You can go online and buy the premade rubber/plastic troughs built just for what you want to do. Wood will not hold up for long.

Driving over or placing anything on a power cord is never a good idea.
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While you are grooving the 2x6 also bevel the edges. ;-)
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Old 11-09-2014, 08:15 PM   #9
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Not a good idea :( Subjecting the cord to stresses it was not designed to handle. Eventually will lead to electrical short or possibly an electrical fire.
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OK, thanks guys.
I ended up placing a 1.5" thick fence board in front and behind the cord. Drive right over them now.
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OK, thanks guys.
I ended up placing a 1.5" thick fence board in front and behind the cord. Drive right over them now.

Your solution should work just fine!
I used two parallel 1x4s across our 3/4 down limestone driveway to protect a 30 Amp RV cord and a 12 AWG 15 Amp extension run side by side. The 1x4s are screwed together with 1x4 cross braces at each end and staked to the ground with 12" galvanized spikes to prevent any movement.
No problems driving across virtually daily since installation about 18 months ago.
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Do not drive over it with the MH while it is all still plugged in. Don't ask me how I know this. Just trust me.
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Do not drive over it with the MH while it is all still plugged in. Don't ask me how I know this. Just trust me.
No need to ask......I did that twice with gas pump hoses about 15 years ago. Within the same month. Also, drove away with parking brake on in the Toad. First time, it broke the parking brake cable. Second time, another RVer ran alongside pounding on the wall until I stopped. He heard the noise and saw the Toad hopping behind the RV. Seems it takes two errors for a lesson to sink in. Then of course there has been the Sat Dish left up and noticed by campers as we were heading for the highway. We could probably find a thread or two on these things. At least I hope it isn't a very exclusive club.

BTW...for OP.....When I had a cord that attached at the RV (Marinco type), I just unattached it, drug it over to the side and left it locked to the 50 AMP box on the garage wall on curbside of the rig.
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Do not drive over it with the MH while it is all still plugged in. Don't ask me how I know this. Just trust me.
Ditto
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