Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-27-2011, 02:59 AM   #1
Silver Member
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Vermont
Posts: 59
Default Extension cord plug-in

Since our 2001 RT200P will not be used for a couple of months this winter, I wanted to keep it plugged in for the sake of the batteries. I wired a 30A box outside the workshop, with a 30A GFCI in the breaker panel. The problem is I didn't want the cord from the RT to become frozen in the snow cover, having to chop it out in late winter, or let the snowblower eat it for breakfast some morning. So I suspended it between a 7 foot pole and the eave of the workshop. The problem is having such a large cord swaying overhead in the wind. Can I use a smaller cord, say 12 guage,(15 foot distance) to charge the batteries through the winter? If I could, I could run the cord under a routed 2X6 and everybody would be happy. Any thoughts?
Moonmanvt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2011, 03:32 AM   #2
Platinum Member
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 12,078
Default Re: Extension cord plug-in

At that distance and load, 12 ga is more than big enough. Charging the batteries is going to be less than 3 amps if they are full, and never near the capacity of the cord.
booster is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2011, 06:49 PM   #3
Platinum Member
Photog's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Gig Harbor, WA
Posts: 372
Default Re: Extension cord plug-in

Are you going to be running any type of electric heater in the van, while it is parked?
2009 Roadtrek 190V, 5" lift - Build Thread
2004 Toyota 4Runner
2014 Honda CR-V
1965 Dodge Coronet 440
Photog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2011, 12:35 AM   #4
Platinum Member
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Ohio
Posts: 432
Default Re: Extension cord plug-in

12 gauge is fine. even after running a battery charger you should have about 2000w to spare. I have a 14 gauge wire (overkill) running a batteryminder 24/7
g1g is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT. The time now is 07:47 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.