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Old 01-23-2011, 11:13 AM   #1
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Power cord length-recommendations?

Just now starting to think about purchasing a power cord. I'm shopping for a 30amp inlet (taking recommendations on location for inlet) and want to buy a power cord at the same time. I've seen 10', 25', 30' and longer. I know that power drops happen the longer the cord is, so what is the optimal length that is recommended that works most places without extensions.

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Old 01-23-2011, 11:26 AM   #2
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Different RV parks have the power connections in different locations which makes it difficult to determine the best size. The cord on my trailer is around 20 feet long and runs out of the rear bumper. This works about 90% of the time, but positioning the trailer is sometimes critical. I carry an extension for the other 10%.
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Old 01-23-2011, 11:28 AM   #3
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Thanks Richard, think I will get either a 25' or 30' and locate the inlet at the rear.
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In my travels I am seeing more and more RV parks with the power posts toward the front on the street side.
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Old 01-23-2011, 11:33 AM   #5
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Have a 20 foot cord in the rear and have occasions where I needed the extension just for a couple of feet. Sal.
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Old 01-23-2011, 11:36 AM   #6
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I located the new 110 VAC power inlet in the middle of Little Girl. I figure that will cover shore power connections 95% of the time or better. We've been at campgrounds where the shore power post is in the middle of the trailer, and in rarer situations, at the front of the trailer. We have a 30 foot 30 amp power cord. Plus I have a 25 foot extension for those rare times we need it.

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We use our Airstream extensively in many situations and campgrounds. We have a 30' primary power cord (30 amp) and a 30' extension cord (heavy duty 30 amp RV cord). We have only needed the extension cord 3 or 4 times over the years. One of the places that we use the extension cord is in SuEllyn's Dad's yard in Jacksonville. Lucy has been hooked up there for as long as a month straight. We have not noticed any depletion of power while using the extension cord.

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Good info

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In my travels I am seeing more and more RV parks with the power posts toward the front on the street side.
Mines an open canvas now so i can locate it wherever makes most sense. Problem is I have no sense of where that might be having never trailered before!
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Mines an open canvas now so i can locate it wherever makes most sense. Problem is I have no sense of where that might be having never trailered before!
Some of the new trailers have two 30 amp power feeds (one in the front and one in the rear). That would be a very convenient feature.

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I have a 30' and don't remember having to use an extension at a campground but have used it at home.

Camping with our son in his Airstream he had to borrow our 20' extension at least twice before he "forgot" to give it back. I have since replaced our spare just in case.

I would recommend a 30' and carry a 20' extension just in case.

Lots of folks do not know;
A coiled electrical cord can generate twice the heat as opposed to uncoiled.

On edit.. our sons electrical cord is 20'.
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Canadian trailers use a 36 foot city power cable.

We have used it as a replacement for many years, with "ZERO" problems.

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Another idea

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Some of the new trailers have two 30 amp power feeds (one in the front and one in the rear). That would be a very convenient feature.

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That's a great idea. Need to weight the additional expense and and an additional perforation in the skin vs carrying an extension cord everywhere just in case...
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Where are the new Airstream's power inlets?
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You might want to do something similar to our new shore power cable installation...

Check out post #44, and #46 shops the actual components I used for this conversion...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f173...tml#post925376
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