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Old 11-02-2018, 03:15 AM   #1
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Our new RV included a 25' power cord. From your experience... is 25' enough, should I get an extension cord or simply a longer cord?

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Old 11-02-2018, 04:01 AM   #2
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Our new RV included a 25' power cord. From your experience... 25' is enough, I should get an extension cord or a longer cord?

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I opted for a 10 gauge 25 ft extension cord which has come in handy now and then. I got mine from Adventurerv.net with 30 amp male and female terminations.for under $30 + $10 shipping which seems reasonable as it's a heavy duty cable.
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Old 11-02-2018, 08:38 AM   #3
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I agree, you should get an extension cord. I don't use mine very often, but I do use it.

Also get 15A & 50A dogbones, for times when there isn't a 30A connection available.
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Old 11-02-2018, 12:48 PM   #4
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We carry 100' of 12ga cords as one 50' and two 25'. You can't run the AC on the the 12ga at the same time as the micro, but OK if you stay low on power use. There are places with centralized power poles that a long way from the sites, especially in Canada. We don't need the cords often, but it does happen.
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Old 11-02-2018, 01:11 PM   #5
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Always good to have - when you need it you need it!

Having said that, with a class B, it would often be a little easier to relocate your van on the site so that your normal power cord could work alone - not so easy with a large trailer.

I do carry a 30 amp extension cord in our B as well as an extra 25 ft water hose.

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Old 11-02-2018, 02:07 PM   #6
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I carry a 25 foot 30 amp cord and a 100 foot construction grade 12 gauge. And I've needed one or both from time to time. Usually when driveway camping.
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Old 11-02-2018, 05:34 PM   #7
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Depends on how and where you camp. We donít hook up very much. I carry a 20A dogbone that I use a lot at the house. I have a 50A adapter (not a dogbone). I have a 25 foot regular extension cord that I carry in case I need a little extra length but Iíve never used it. I donít think Iíd be able to run the AC with it.
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My Furrion cord is 30' and it has always been enough. However, when my cord connection fried (long story, but not my fault or the cord's fault) I bought a new cord and replaced the end of the old cord with an extension connection. So I carry 60' now, just in case.
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I know most on this forum will find this the wrong thing to do but I have now done it successfully since we bought our Roadtrek in 2006. I took a good quality 12 gauge extension cord and clipped off the female end and installed a RV plug. I use this for my regular cord to connect the RT to the 15 amp regular grounded outlet on the posts. I carry a couple of adapters for the post in case I need them.

Since we are going to be boondocking 90% of the time this has worked well for us. No, you can't run the microwave when the air is on. But our use pattern is that we don't go camping much in the heat of our summers in any event. It is just too hot in most Bs to be comfortable.


In our occasional trips in the summer not boondocking we revert back to the old heavy duty regular rv cord. My cord is light weight and much more convenient to use than the standard cord. It is perfectly adequate for running everything except the convection oven and the AC.

All I can say is it works for me but if you have a lot of power uses as your normal camping style, don't do it. Those heavy RV cords take up a lot of space.
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I carry a 10/3 50 foot cord which has household plugs somI use an adapter on each end if I am using it to extend the 30 anp cord. Although the 10 AWG wire is OK for 30 amps, the20 amp household ends are marginal so I have to watch my load carefully but it makes for a versatile combination.
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