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Old 05-15-2015, 11:00 AM   #1
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Recommend an extension cord

I'm a newbie. when I plug in at home to keep juice in batteries, should I use 100' of 16 ga. or 12 ga wire. don't want to buy it twice.

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Old 05-15-2015, 11:04 AM   #2
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Old 05-15-2015, 11:15 AM   #3
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Contractor grade 12 ga. 100' extension cord, has worked for me for many years , to charge the batteries, {start the fridge before travel, vacuum , coffee maker, watch TV while cleaning and packing} but not all at once .
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I use a 16 gauge, 100ft cord on mine with a 30 to 15 amp adapter at the MH. I then plug the cord into an outlet in my barn.

I check the extension cord connectors for heat or discoloration, fell the connectors, if they are warm, the connectors are probably dirty and starting to go bad.

If you are just running it to keep the battery charged and/or the frig cold, 16 will be OK.

16 guage cord OR your 15 amp circuit will not be big enough to run the A/C or a portable electric heater.
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Old 05-15-2015, 04:17 PM   #6
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IF plugging into a standard house outlet use 12ga.. I like the ones from Sears or K-Mart with the push button on the outlet you must push to plug into cord or unplug

If pluging into something Bigger.... Use proper cord from RV store.

IF our trailer is 30 amp and you hire an electrician to put in a heavey (30 amp) outlet for it.. DO NOT... Put in a 50 amp outlet instead and use a dogbone adapter to go down to30 for the RV

Reasons: 1:Electricians often mess up 30 amp. Almost never 50 amp.
2: When you upgrade it will take you like 1 second to up grade that 50 amp outlet to 50 amp (Remove dogbone)

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