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Old 04-07-2017, 05:12 AM   #1
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Power Cord & Water Hose length ?

How often or ever have you had to go more than a 25 feet to get hooked up. I know it is better to have it and not need it but it takes up space our Interstates don't have much of. I will be taking a lot of extra stuff for a month long trip already.
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Old 04-07-2017, 05:40 AM   #2
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How often or ever have you had to go more than a 25 feet to get hooked up. I know it is better to have it and not need it but it takes up space our Interstates don't have much of. I will be taking a lot of extra stuff for a month long trip already.
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Kenny,

I carry a 25' extension to my 30A cable. Rarely use it, but I do use it maybe on 5% of my trips. I use an extra water hose quite a bit more often since the water fill port for my tanks is on the other side of the trailer from most of the utility hookups. I probably use the longer hose on 20% of my trips, but you may not need one depending on where your fill port is.

Also, I occasionally use a 50A-30A adapter. There are a few campgrounds which only have 50A service. i probably only use this 5% of the time as well.

It is always a tough decision as to what to bring along.

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Old 04-07-2017, 06:03 AM   #3
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How often or ever have you had to go more than a 25 feet to get hooked up. I know it is better to have it and not need it but it takes up space our Interstates don't have much of. I will be taking a lot of extra stuff for a month long trip already.
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Speaking just to Interstates, we have never carried nor needed a 25' power cord, just the standard 10-12 foot that came with.

You do want a 25' household current cord and adapter stuck away, tho, for plugging in at someone's house, which most of us do at one time or another. They take up little space.

I can't imagine nor recall ever having seen an allocated power source 25' or more from a campsite, tho water hookups can sometimes be tricky in older campgrounds so always carry a 25' water hose.

Don't bother worrying about this or trying to find a place to store a 25', 30 amp cord in your Interstate...in my opinion.

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Old 04-07-2017, 07:34 AM   #4
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In regular use I can only remember a couple times I needed the extra length.

In group rallies sometimes it is a good idea.

Once in a while I have used a 50 amp to 30 amp adapter. My Airstreams are 30 amp.

I was at a FL campground last month where the only available site was for a motorhome. Utilities were on the opposite side. The campground had a loaner extension,
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I echo, Lily & Me's comment! No need to carry xtra stuff in an Interstate!!!
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Old 04-07-2017, 08:38 AM   #6
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I agree with Maggie and do the same. I carry a household extension cord for 15-20A if I need to get power from a house we are visiting. But since I increased my solar capacity to 400 watts I have seldom used it.
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Old 04-07-2017, 08:52 AM   #7
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Stanp001 has perfect response. I thought 25' was enough till we drove around Lake Superior. Greater than 50 feet to an outlet on many Canadian sites!
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There is only one campground I have ever stayed in that required an extension cord or extra hose beyond 25' long.
That particular campground has fallen into such a state of disrepair that we haven't camped there in 5-6 years.
I have never carried more than 25' of power cord or water hose in my Airstream.
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We carry a 25' 30-amp extension cord and two 25' water hoses...we have used both occasionally ... a single cord and water hose works for most situations, but there's always that one or two situations where you need more length.
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Old 04-07-2017, 12:40 PM   #10
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I always bring 50 total feet of water hose, a 50-30 amp adapter, a 15-20A adapter, but no electrical extension.
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Thank you for all the responses. I had one occasion where the power and water were about 15 feet behind the parking pad, another one that I chose to pull in instead of back in and just ran the lines underneath to the hook up. I have both 50-30 & 30-15 adapters and a 12 GA 50' extra cord. I think I will get an extra 25' hose and store it in outside corner of the rear overhead.
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Old 04-07-2017, 03:26 PM   #12
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I keep a 50 ft outdoor electrical extension so l can hook up an electric heater or
Electric griddle without going through my Interstate electric system, fewer tripped breakers and does not take much room. I also carry an EXPANDABLE hose and use it for washing or hosing down so my potable water hose does not get contaminated. My potable hose is 25 feet and my electric hookup is also 25 feet.
All is carried in laundry style bags along with adapters . AEW
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Our standards hose and power cord are 25'. There have been many times when I could not have made-do with 10-12 feet of power cord, and have not found 25' to be too cumbersome to deal with. I also carry a collapsible 25' water hose on a spool in case I need more. I have never had the need to use it. It seems like a neat idea, but I have not been willing to trust it as my only hose. I bought a 50A to 30A adaptor but have not (yet) needed it.
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Given the storage in an Interstate, I will carry the OEM supplied power cable and a 25' water hose with a 10' extension each for the electric and water and a 50' 15 amp cord with adapter. That should handle nearly all situations. I carried full extensions in the trailer and it was pretty much wasted except for filling the fresh tank with the opening on the curb side.
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