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Old 09-17-2018, 04:54 PM   #1
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Storing cords and water hoses

On a recent trip through Kentucky, I met a gentleman who was camping locally with his wife in a beautiful 1965 Airstream, about a 20-footer. Gave me a tour with lots of info. He was proud of his rig, and rightly so.

One of the things he showed me was how he stores his power cord and water hose.

He had some kind of disk that he would wind the power cord into, and another for the hose.

He gave me the name of the disk, but, of course, that's lost to memory.

I'd like to find a way to manage the power cord, which after the first camping stop tends to end up chucked in the back of the Suburban, cord everywhere.

Water hose seems to be less of a problem, but still something I need to manage.

This disk would work, but so might something else.

Any recommendations?
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Old 09-17-2018, 05:10 PM   #2
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I bought a bunch of double sided Velcro then after rolling any cord or hose a piece or two gets wrapped around it. Keeps them from unraveling and makes it so much easier to handle without adding bulk.

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Old 09-17-2018, 05:19 PM   #3
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That's probably a cord Pro CP. Get them on Amazon, and look at many other solutions while you're there.
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Over/Under Cable Coiling

There are lots of YT videos using the over/under method of coiling microphone cables. Same technique will make storing your shore power cable and your water hose much easier.

https://youtu.be/0yPcJD7RVuY
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If you do end up with a cord spool, be aware that you should still unspool the electrical cord when using. Otherwise the concentration of the electricity can cause problems. Same goes for using extension cords too.


We use clear plastic bins with lids for our cords. 1 for the electric cord, 1 for the surge protector, 1 for the drinking water hose, and 1 for the dump elbow and rinse hose. These all fit in one of the outside side storage lockers. Our experienced RV friend recommended getting individual containers with lids so that if you have to set up or break camp in the pouring rain it is a bit easier to manage.

Below is info on the cord safety.
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There are lots of YT videos using the over/under method of coiling microphone cables. Same technique will make storing your shore power cable and your water hose much easier.

https://youtu.be/0yPcJD7RVuY
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Then the velcro is nice.
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Old 09-18-2018, 10:33 AM   #7
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I started off with using mini bungee cords but somehow kept losing them when at the campsite. Tried the Cordpro CP-100 but didn't like coiling and uncoiling into the holder (harder than I imagined it to be or maybe I'm not very coordinated). I did like the protection from the elements and the easy storage. Currently I'm using small baskets with handles on the sides. I find myself constantly cleaning the bottom of the baskets. I think I'll try Piggybank's method - bin with a lid. I'll get it right someday.
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Old 09-18-2018, 10:48 AM   #8
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My trailer came with shallow Rubbermaid bins
They have covers and stow in the rear compartment
Just coil them up and drop in the bin
I can get 3 hoses or 125 ft of 30 amp cord
In a bin
Downside for hoses is they stay wet and need an annual bleaching
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That's probably a cord Pro CP. Get them on Amazon, and look at many other solutions while you're there.
You’ve got that right, Bob662 ... he had a Cord Pro CP.

Thanks. That was driving me crazy, trying to recall the name of those things.

Though, I may first try the roll-em-up-like-a-microphone-cable technique, with some Velcro wraps to hold everything together, and see how that works.
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I coil my cord to about the diameter of a basketball; the hose, I coil to about the same size and fasten the ends together. I than store both on top of the LP tanks and close the cover. Upfront, out of sight and handy. They could be placed in bags to keep cleaner.
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I use various size bags.

For water, 20A extension cords, and propane, I use these:
Prime Products 140155 E-Z Stor Storage Bag https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008DQSKLY..._0tuOBbEPSFXT5

Then, for main power cord, Marinco and Furrion make cord bags as well, though the 50A cord is a real bear to get into the bag.
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Like Airtandem, I open my propane cover and coil the power cord on top of the tanks. Neat, out of the way, and frees up storage elsewhere. Haven't thought about the water hose there as well...didn't think there was room. I'll revisit that.
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On a recent trip through Kentucky, I met a gentleman who was camping locally with his wife in a beautiful 1965 Airstream, about a 20-footer. Gave me a tour with lots of info. He was proud of his rig, and rightly so.

One of the things he showed me was how he stores his power cord and water hose.

He had some kind of disk that he would wind the power cord into, and another for the hose.

He gave me the name of the disk, but, of course, that's lost to memory.

I'd like to find a way to manage the power cord, which after the first camping stop tends to end up chucked in the back of the Suburban, cord everywhere.

Water hose seems to be less of a problem, but still something I need to manage.

This disk would work, but so might something else.

Any recommendations?
I had two heavy 24 diam heavy duty ice tubs. I cut the bottom 14" off each and simply curl the 50 amp cord into it and the water hose and all related items into the other. Load them up into the pick up and stack them. This was the best solution I came across after struggling with Velcro wraps, reels etc. etc. It is quick compact and I wipe the heavy cord as I coil it in.
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Plastic milk crates work well. Just cut them to fit thru your compartment door on a table saw with fence. Everything dries out too.
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