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Old 02-24-2017, 08:30 PM   #15
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Progressive portable for three years. No problem. When you need it, you better have it.
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Old 03-02-2017, 09:57 PM   #16
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just out of curiosity on your 25ft 30 amp extension cord, what size gauge wire does it have 12 or 10?
Better be 10 gauge (or even 8) because 12 is not rated for 30 amp.

I have a couple of extensions for my portable diesel 30 amp generator I keep at home, made them from 8/4 SOOW cord and L14-30 turn lock plugs and connectors. They are heavy. Bought a ready made generator cord on clearance from Home Depot. It has molded on L14-30 ends. It is 10 gauge.

I bought a L14-30 male turnlock to 30 amp female travel trailer adapter (from Wal-Mart) (uses only the Y hot on the L14-30........ and then bought a male 30 amp travel trailer to regular 15 amp receptacle (dogbone) like on the end of an extension cord (from Harbor Freight). The adapter was made of 10 gauge wire, so I cut the 15 amp end off of it and installed a L14-30 female connector (with the black hooked to the Y hot terminal of the connector).

This contraption allows me to use the generator cord as a shore power extension, or I can use it at home as an additional extension for the generator there, or if powering the shore power from a external generator and need additional cord, I can do that too.

Don't like lots of connections, but this won't get used but once in a blue moon.

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