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Old 09-13-2016, 02:56 PM   #1
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using 2 30 amp cords

Is it save to use 2 25 foot 30 amp cords plugged together? If so how do I protect the connection from rain and possible standing water? If not how do I solved the problem of being 27 foot from the electric pole?

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I've done it as needed but the weather was dry so didn't need to worry about it. BUT, in a pinch some plastic and good 'ole duct tape would be my solution. If real wet I'd elevate the junction with anything I could find. Shouldn't be a big problem to figure something out.
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Furrion makes longer #10 AWG cords, for instance this 30' :

http://furrion.com/product/power-cor...-30ft-black-2/

As long as you are not running every 120-volt appliance full tilt, the extra 5' should not be a problem IMO, but you should also consider the wire gauge feeding the outlet on the pole, and its distance from your electrical panel.
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What Roger said. I don't even tape them, water gets in anyway, but unless the connection is under water it is fine. I wouldn't go out messing with it without the breaker shut off, but it is fine. Done it quite a few times over the years. Non-event.
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Old 09-13-2016, 04:10 PM   #5
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Is it save to use 2 25 foot 30 amp cords plugged together? If so how do I protect the connection from rain and possible standing water? If not how do I solved the problem of being 27 foot from the electric pole?
You will need an RV 30 amp extension cord. CW has them on sale now for about $35.

The female end of the extension is configured so that you can plug in the male end of your regular 30 amp cord. **Two identical 30 amp cords won't work as the female end (that normally plugs into the trailer) is a different configuration (twist to lock) than the female on the park pedestal.

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As long as one is an extension cord. Should be no problem. Get the junction up off the ground a little, set on a couple leveling blocks works well. Cover the top with a plastic bag. You can fold the bag into the edges below the top block then lock the top block down
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Get a large plastic jar or other lidded container (think a deep take-out salad container) or Tupperware. Cut a slit ending in a hole the diameter of your cords in opposite sides and place your junction in the container and snap shut.

Voila
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Big ole Tidy Cats kitty litter bucket with the hinged lid-
Cut holes in the top edge of the bucket just under the lid for the cord to enter and exit the bucket-
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Get a marine extension cord which has a twist lock connector at each end. You can then add a collar (sleeve) to where your RV cord connects to the marine cord to make it waterproof and more secure.

Marinco makes both the cord and the collar:
http://www.marinco.com/en/products/c...ordsets/30-amp
http://www.marinco.com/en/products/c...lars-and-rings

Fairly pricey but addresses the waterproofing concern. I believe that anything labeled marine is pricier than a similar item labeled RV. Also allows one to connect to a Honda Companion generator without needing an adapter.


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I've done it as needed but the weather was dry so didn't need to worry about it. BUT, in a pinch some plastic and good 'ole duct tape would be my solution. If real wet I'd elevate the junction with anything I could find. Shouldn't be a big problem to figure something out.
If you elevate the connection too high the electricity won't be able to flow and you will have an outage. Also try to be sure the trailer is lower than the electric source for the same reason.
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If you elevate the connection too high the electricity won't be able to flow and you will have an outage. Also try to be sure the trailer is lower than the electric source for the same reason.
I do hope you said that in jest!

I camped in UP on Lake Superior in a city campground and it rained that night. The next morning there was 8" of water under the trailer and my pigtail to extension cable connection was under water! Everything in the trailer including the A/C worked. We were on sand and it was completely drained in 3 hours, but, I did not go near the cable connection or box until the water subsided.

My pigtail is attached and not very long so I occasionally need another 3'-10' to reach the box. I had a spare 25' cable I cut it down and made a 10' and a 15'. I now carry a 25' and a 10' so when I only need 5' I don't have 25' of cable coiled at the box.
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If you elevate the connection too high the electricity won't be able to flow and you will have an outage. Also try to be sure the trailer is lower than the electric source for the same reason.
You had me going there for a second or two. Along the same line, many years ago, being a newbie on staff in a Georgia Power Co. plant, I had the dubious pleasure of conducting plant tours. One day a pretty teacher and her 6th grade class were on the roof with me overlooking the plant site when she spied our huge bunker C storage tanks. She announced to the class that must be where we stored the electricity.
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Thanks for all of the responses, they confirm what I was thinking

Gary

ps: I always make sure my electric is running downhill, that way it stays on longers if there is an outage
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I have an older AS so my 20' shore line often doesn't reach the post, and my extra cord is a 30 amp 50' one. The problem can be the connection between the two, but I wrap it in a baggie and tape it closed. Usually lay in on the ground, but at the Lewisburg WV International this year there was 4" of water running under our trailer during the 1000 year flood. The good news was the power had gone out in the neighborhood so nothing spectacular happened to my power connection. In the morning I dried out the connection, rebagged it, and put it on top of a kitty litter bucket to raise it about 14" off the ground.
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