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Old 01-06-2006, 12:56 PM   #1
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Need 30 amp retractable

Alright, I'm getting tired of having to wash my hands each and every time I unplug from the 30 amp service and have to coil up my pigtail. I know gloves are the answer but I also am looking for spring loaded retraction.
Has anyone seen a 30 amp retractable reel setup? I've tried Google but came up with nothing but 10-15 amp extension setups.
Space is limited in the smallish compartment where my suspension compressor resides wtih my manually stowed cord.
Looking for ideas and or links from the AS brain trust.
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Old 01-06-2006, 01:11 PM   #2
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Check out this page:

http://www.campingworld.com/browse/p...55&prodID=3424

I would suspect that any RV salvage yard would recycle these.
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Dennis, thanks for the link. It's interesting that unless you're looking for "Shoreline" those items don't come up on a "retractable 30 amp" seach on the site.
I'm hoping that I can find a spring loaded one of this type. The power retract seems a bit overkill, as is the price.
I'll call my friend in NC to check his salvage inventory.
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Here are some additional sites to check out. The first two offer manual spring loaded models. I could not find pricing listed so you may have to contact the company for pricing or dealer info. I threw in the 3rd site because they have some neat products but they are powered and may be out of your budget range. They also do not have their prices listed on the site.

http://www.durohosereels.com/rec_vehicle.htm#electric

http://www.tdiproducts.com/products/index.htm

http://www.glendinningprods.com/rv_products.html

Let us know if you find something you like. I am also wanting to do something to better manage my cord and perhaps even hose. My AS is undergoing a complete rebuild and I am not ready to commit to anything yet but I would like to have a specific product in mind.

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Old 01-06-2006, 02:45 PM   #5
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Some great links. http://www.durohosereels.com/rec_vehicle.htm#electric
May be the winner depending on price. I also may have to move the reel to another compartment due to the small space. But I'm getting ready to hang a black hose pipe holder to move that mess out of one compartment anyway. It already has a cutout to allow the line out when closed. I'll let you all know what I find out price wise.
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the original manufacuter of airstream retractible 30 amp reels is a company called aero-motive.

here is a link http://www.woodhead.com/default.aspx

we use the same reels on our utility trucks and they are virtually indestructable even for us linemen.

i think you could get a lifetimes use out of one given how they perform at work. they ride outside on our trucks and are subjected to road salt and water daily.

tough units.

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here is a better link http://www.woodhead.com/products/ele...ls/aeromotive/

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Glen,
I had the same problem, one of the PO's took out the water and electric reel and did what with it I don't know. I bought this water reel http://www.rvupgradestore.com/index....ProdID=6&MMP=1, with 35 feet of hose and I bought this electric reel http://www.rvupgradestore.com/index....ion=PRODSEARCH, without the cord, both manufactured by the same company. The only problem I had was the electric reel was about a 1/2" too tall so I had to modify the compartment. The total for both was $557.57 but I got lucky in two ways they sent the electric reel with the cord even though I ordered it without and they took off $75 because one of them was damaged during shipping. The only difference in these and the original other than the height is they mount to the floor instead of the back wall. They are a little expensive but worth every penny in my book.
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84/345, I looked at the "Durahosereel" but noted the size and price.... ouch! When looking at it I wondered if the mounting bracket was perhaps a little high in clearance. It appears in the limited product view that you could reduce the overall height of the unit by modifying the bracket.
Do you have a photo of your install?
I'm waiting for the Woodhead quote today before making my choice.
Looks like the "Shoreline" powered reel at $289 from Camping World is the real winner for both price and size. Has anyone installed one of these??
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Don't have any photos and won't get to the moho before this weekend. If you haven't made a decision by than I'll take some pics and post them for you.
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Thanks for all the input. I was amazed by the responce from the Woodhead folks yesterday. The local distributor in Charlotte quoted yesterday.
John, treat those reels on your truck like gold. They must be at least gold plated. Their $1700+ price blew my mind. I've come full circle and will now be happy to pay Camping World the $288 for a powered retractable Shoreline unit. It's the most compact and the least expensive of all that I've uncovered to date.
What I find amazing is that the price range is so wide!!
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that does not suprize me one bit.

my buddy had one in his excella and only quit working after 30 years, the ones we have at work survive usually 12 to 15 years of daily hard use.

it will be interesting to see what kind of service you get out of the $288 model.

good i hope! i would go the same route if in your shoes, $1700 is a lot of cash for a wire reel!

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My 78 Excella came with an Aero-Motive cable reel. You should be able to find a used one on-line. In fact the Excella has a hose reel as well.
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