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Old 05-21-2016, 08:53 PM   #1
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How many power cords do you carry?

On our first trip after getting our AS we were in a park with 30 amp service and our AS is 50 amp. We used the cord that came with the unit and the dog bone adapter and it was barely long enough. I thought it would have been easier if the part that plugs in the AS would have been a shorter one and we used a full lenght 30 amp cord instead of the heavy 50 amp cord.Does such a thing exist?what is the minimum number of cords and what lenghts do you carry to be sure you never run into a situation where you can't reach the pedestal. I realise I could just buy the longest 50 amp cord possible and with a dog bone I would be ready for all situations but i would rather not carry a heavy and bulky cord if I do not have to.
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Old 05-21-2016, 08:58 PM   #2
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I have the standard Airstream provided 50 AMP, it's maybe 25 to 30 feet? This should cover like 99% of situations, but I think I will buy a 20 foot 30 AMP cord and use an adapter to get 50 feet out of it when needed. Of course this will limit you to 30 AMP for those rare occasions.
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Old 05-21-2016, 09:24 PM   #3
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We are 30 amp with a 30' power cord. We carry a 30' extension cord. We also carry a converter cord to plug into 50 amp outlets,

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Old 05-21-2016, 10:11 PM   #4
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One standard 30 amp cord and a 50 amp adapter. Also a 20 amp adapter and a 25 foot 12 gauge extension cord for utility, and just in case the 30 amp is too short. Plenty to get by on basic systems.

We have factory 30 amp receptacles at the front and rear of our 25 RB so that has always given us access with the standard cord.
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Old 05-22-2016, 07:36 AM   #5
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One 25' 30amp extension, one 50amp & one 20amp adapter, one 20amp 25' outdoor extension, one 30amp neutral grounded dogbone for the Honda genset.

And a EMS PT30C for POM.

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Old 05-22-2016, 07:42 AM   #6
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The umbilical, a 25' 30 amp extension, a 20 amp separate permanently installed cord run under the dinette, and an extra 20 amp for guest tent or dining screen room when needed.
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Old 05-22-2016, 08:09 AM   #7
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We are a 30a unit. I have 2 extension cables 25' each and adapters to go to 20a or 50a if needed. I've only needed a single extension 2x in all our travels but I have used the adapter to use the 50a outlet if the 30a seems a bit sloppy. I also carry a 20a cable for those times where I might want to use that one.
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Old 05-22-2016, 08:23 AM   #8
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We have a 50amp unit. We carry - (1) the original AS supplied 50amp power cord. (2) A 30' 30AMP power cord (3) A 50' 20AMP power cord (4) A 50AMP to 30Amp 12" Furrion Power cord adapter. (5) A 50AMP to 20AMP 12" Furrion Power cord adapter.

In 10,000 miles last year we at one point or another we needed them all. Or at least used them all.

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Old 05-22-2016, 01:11 PM   #9
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I have 30A service, so my reply does not exactly match the initial query.

I carry two power cords:
1 - Originally supplied 30' 30A power cord with male blade to the pedestal and female twist lock to the trailer.
2 - 25' Marine 30A power cord with twist lock connectors on each end

I went with the Marine extension as the twist lock connection is less likely to pull apart and the connection is sealed from the elements.

I've been in several situations where both have been needed to reach the pedestal. This is typically where two pedestal supplies are back to back and share the same post.


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Old 05-22-2016, 05:09 PM   #10
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We have a 30 amp system, and it came with a 20' shore power line which is often enough. We also carry 50' of 30 amp power cord, and an additional 50' of 20 amp power cord. Some rallies only provide minimal voltage and you might need a long power line to hook up. Only use them when I need them, but when I have needed them, I really needed them. Also carry various adapters, including 30 amp cord adapter to 50 amp power post supply. You just never know.
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:12 PM   #11
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We carry the standard 50 amp cord plus a 25' extension which we have never had to use. We also carry the necessary converters, but again, we have not had to use these much. But when you need one you need it. The cord we use most often is a 30 amp cord with a fifty amp female connector. We have found that our style of camping seldom puts us in a situation where we need to use both of the heat pumps so this cord really fills the bill for use. Much easier to handle. Camping World carries them.
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Old 05-22-2016, 08:08 PM   #12
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My 30' FC is 30 Amp, with the supplied 25' cord. I also carry an extra 25' cord, which I have needed on occasion. I also carry a 50' 12 ga. cord, and a 25' 16 ga. cord for use with a 'Koolatron' cooler in my car. (For drinks overload)
And of course the usual adapters.
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Old 05-22-2016, 08:26 PM   #13
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Ah, lessee... We have the std 30 amp Furrion power cord, a 25' 30 amp extension cord, a 25' 20 amp extension cord, and dog bone adapters for 20-30 amp socket conversion as well as 50-30 amp socket conversion.

That's been more than sufficient to meet our camping needs to date.
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Old 05-22-2016, 11:17 PM   #14
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I carry 20' 30amp, 30' 20amp, 6' try plug 20amp, 20amp to 30amp dog bone, 30amp to 50amp dog bone and a double 30amp to 50amp wish bone. I'm in a Airstream 345 with a 20amp and 30amp power plugs.
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Old 05-23-2016, 07:47 AM   #15
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I have never run into a situation where the 50 amp cord provided wasn't long enough.
If it lacks a few inches, move the trailer closer to the pedestal.
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Old 05-23-2016, 09:36 AM   #16
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I have never run into a situation where the 50 amp cord provided wasn't long enough.
If it lacks a few inches, move the trailer closer to the pedestal.
I have...a few times, and moving the trailer wouldn't have helped.
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Old 05-23-2016, 04:21 PM   #17
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We often camp at music festivals and chili and BBQ cookoffs where our camp setup may be a distance from the nearest available power outlet. I carry a 50' and three 30' Amp extension cords. I also carry two 100' 20 Amp heavy contractor cords.
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Old 05-23-2016, 04:22 PM   #18
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Hugh White State Park in Grenada, MS requires an extension cord.
When I had a 30 amp trailer and I used to camp there I bought a 30 amp extension cord at Walmart.
It has declined to a state where it is the camping ghetto or camping 'hood so I haven't camped there in least 4 years.
That is the only park where I ever needed an extension cord.
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Old 05-23-2016, 08:46 PM   #19
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Our trailer has 50 amp service. We carry both the 50 amp power cord and the ParkPower (by Marinco) 124ARV-25 Adapter cord. The 124ARV-25 is a 25 foot cord with a male 30 amp plug on one end and a female locking 50 amp plug on the other end. This adapter cord plugs directly into the 50 amp trailer. While the 50 amp and adapter cord cannot be plugged end to end, they do allow me to select the best cord for the conditions. If I do not need two AC units, I use the 124ARV-25 rather than wrestling around the 50 amp cord.

Be careful with extension cords. The voltage drop on multiple extension cords can ruin your AC units.
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Old 05-24-2016, 11:29 AM   #20
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I say avoid campgrounds where extension cords are necessary, especially on hot holiday weekends.
We were camped at Hugh White several years ago on 4th of July weekend and the park voltage wasn't even 110 volts- more like 96 volts. Breakers kept tripping. We might have been back to that park once more after that. It is a shame that budget cuts have caused many once beautiful parks to fall into a sad state of decay and disrepair.
Since we traded our 30 amp trailer for a 50 amp trailer and no longer camp at Hugh White State Park I gave away my 30 amp extension cord.
There ain't no way I'm gonna tote a 50 amp extension cord around.
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