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Old 01-27-2022, 04:26 PM   #1
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Frustrating day with shore power cord reel - ideas?

I have two issues with my power cord reel. I was in the power bay today to try to troubleshoot an issue I'm having with my BIRD system. In the mean time I had to deal with these power reel issues. My power cord reel is a powered unit, it's the type that pulls the cord in and winds it up in a bucket under the reel, and also extends it under power when it's time to hook up to power. It's not the type that winds the cord on a reel. The bucket under the power rollers collects and holds the cord.



The trouble is I have to pull out and push in the cord to get it to work. The rollers roll but they don't grip the cord enough. I'm guessing there's an adjustment on the wheels to make them fit tighter to the cord to gain sufficent traction on it to move the cord unassisted by me pushing and pulling on it, but I don't see where the adjustment might be. Does anyone have any ideas how to do this or where to get directions on how to do so?



Also, while fighting with it to get the cord in and out, I broke the plastic mounting plate for the activation switch. Any idea where to get a replacement? This isn't a big deal, I can just make another if I can't find a new switch mounting plate. The real issue is finding out who makes this reel and how to adjust the rollers.
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Doug427-

It appears that Glendenning currently makes two "bucket" reels. See this link. It could be an older model.

My coach does not have a reel.

Here's a thread that may help you- one of many. Some threads refer more to the non-bucket type.
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Contact Glenndinning, they show a picture of that plate on their search results profile.
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Looks like the Glendinning RVCM7 is what I have. UNfortunately while the two parts I need seem to be available in the switch plate and the cord reel stop, the instruction and adjustment manual is not on line. They list it but when I click on it, it opens the instruction manual for a marine unit. I wrote to them and we'll see what they say.



In the mean time does anyone know how to adjust this reel or have an electronic copy of the manual they can send along?
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section F the lesser model looks easier to adjust I suspect your cord has stretched becoming a tad thinner.
https://www.glendinningprods.com/wp-...?8912a8&8912a8
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You asked for ideas, here's one.

Could the rollers be dirty or coated so they don't grip the power cord?

I have that problem occasionally with the powered rollers on my wood planer so I clean them with alcohol and they grip great again for awhile.
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section F the lesser model looks easier to adjust I suspect your cord has stretched becoming a tad thinner.
https://www.glendinningprods.com/wp-...?8912a8&8912a8
Thanks! I hope the pulley on the one in my coach is the same. That sounds easy to accomplish.
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You asked for ideas, here's one.

Could the rollers be dirty or coated so they don't grip the power cord?

I have that problem occasionally with the powered rollers on my wood planer so I clean them with alcohol and they grip great again for awhile.
Thanks Denny - If the adjustment shown above is the way to do it, cleaning the pulley with alcohol when it's split in half would be a great and easy opportunity to do so.
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Contact Glenndinning, they show a picture of that plate on their search results profile.
I've emailed them to get one of these and also the ball stop for the cord. Hopefully they respond. Thanks, Ray!
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It appears that Glendenning currently makes two "bucket" reels. See this link. It could be an older model.

My coach does not have a reel.

Here's a thread that may help you- one of many. Some threads refer more to the non-bucket type.
Thanks Mark - that's very helpful. I appreciate your input.
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If you can't get it to work, remove the rollers, find some heat shrink the size of the roller, slip it over and heat it. It may give it enough extra thickness and grip to pull the cord.
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If you can't get it to work, remove the rollers, find some heat shrink the size of the roller, slip it over and heat it. It may give it enough extra thickness and grip to pull the cord.
The wheels are around 6" or so in diameter. I can't think offhand how I would get heat shrink tibing around that. Maybe wrap the wheels in a layer of old school cloth electrical tape? If I can't adjust it, then I guess there's nothing to lose by thinking outside the box a bit.
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The lessor model had a tensioner on arm with spring and adjustable nut I read 7 model so that's what I posted. Info and extra documentation on both, good sight that includes everything.
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Cablemaster Replacement Switch Name Plate

https://glendinning.ecwid.com/Switch...late-p15814883

https://glendinning.ecwid.com/Stop-C...plit-p18870651

I'm not sure if link #2 is the ball that you are referencing, but it is what I have in our 04 MountainAire DP
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