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Old 01-24-2018, 09:42 PM   #1
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Wrestling With The 50 Amp Snake

Just wondering if anyone has come up with an alternative 50 amp cord that isnít as long or hard to wrestle when hooking or unhooking? The factory supplied cord on our new Classic is much longer than the 30 amp cord in our previous Classic.
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Old 01-24-2018, 11:04 PM   #2
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If you don't need 50A, you can get a 30A cable with the 50A plug that fits your trailer on one end and a 30A plug that fits the shore power on the other end. I saw one at the dealer for about $100, not sure of the brand. I'm considering one myself.
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Old 01-24-2018, 11:37 PM   #3
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I made a 15 foot 50a cord with the following parts, just like the 50 foot one that airstream supplies, just nice and short and much lighter.

Surge Guard 50A15MOSE Super Flex 50 Amp Replacement Cord - 15'

Marinco 6364CRV Female Connector, 50 Amp

Marinco 7715ELRV 50A Waterproof Cover w/ Twist Lock
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Old 01-25-2018, 02:34 PM   #4
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We always use the 50amp. I could it fairly tight on the ground, use Velcro sportstips to hold it tight. That way easy to carry and store in rear of trailer. A challenge in sub freezing weather but still works.
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Old 01-25-2018, 06:16 PM   #5
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Just wondering if anyone has come up with an alternative 50 amp cord that isnít as long or hard to wrestle when hooking or unhooking? The factory supplied cord on our new Classic is much longer than the 30 amp cord in our previous Classic.
If you only need 30 amps the voltec 1600588.... Amazon....is very flexible when it is cold........we use it most of the time...
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Old 01-25-2018, 09:21 PM   #6
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We use a round storage basket to store our 50 amp cord.
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Old 01-26-2018, 03:53 AM   #7
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We use a round storage basket to store our 50 amp cord.
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Perhaps a bit out of the norm, but I have a dozen or so "stash bags" for my BASE jumping gear. I found that a 50 Amp cord coils perfectly in it and I would leave both male and female ends exposed. I was able to pull one coil out at a time for any length I needed.

It was robust enough that even when it was 10 degrees out, I could force the cable back in and it would coil up.

Also nice to sling it over your shoulder when needing to carry it.

https://www.asylumbase.com/store/product/stash-bag/
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:58 AM   #9
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We use a round storage basket to store our 50 amp cord.
And where do you keep the basket?

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I made my own 12' 50 amp cord.
ParkPower 50A Male Replacement Plug, 125/250V
Power TechON RVP5004 Detachable Locking Female Connector - 50 Amps
50 amp RV cord plug cover with locking ring

I bought the cable at Home Depot. I find it works about 90% of the time at campgrounds. In retrospect, I would recommend buying the pre-made cord.
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Old 01-26-2018, 10:21 AM   #11
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To Hans627, we keep it in the bed of the truck. Ours is rubber with handles and measures 22in. across the top and is 14.5in high.
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Old 01-26-2018, 10:30 AM   #12
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To Hans627, we keep it in the bed of the truck. Ours is rubber with handles and measures 22in. across the top and is 14.5in high.
We do the same, but I use a heavy duty plastic rectangular storage box with lid bought at Lowes. I coil the cord as I feed it into the box while on the ground and then lift it into the truck bed. Pretty easy. I also store my fresh water hose and tv cable in it. That way all of my hookups are in one box (except for sewage hose, of course).
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Old 01-26-2018, 10:36 AM   #13
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Just wondering if anyone has come up with an alternative 50 amp cord that isnít as long or hard to wrestle when hooking or unhooking?
With limited outside storage and cold weather, I replaced mine after one trip.
I got this one:
https://www.etrailer.com/RV-Wiring/M...-5025ED90.html
It coils to about 16", is easy to handle and I like the angled connector since it takes the load off the receptacle.
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Old 01-26-2018, 10:43 AM   #14
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I also bought a 25' 30 amp to 50 amp cable from Voltec to use with the generator or when I have 30 amp service, like at the storage room. Of course, a 30 amp cable is like a noodle after using a 50 amp cable, but it's been great too.
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What's the problem with the Airstream supplied cable, too heavy?
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Old 01-26-2018, 05:45 PM   #16
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What's the problem with the Airstream supplied cable, too heavy?
On a chilly morning it's almost impossible to coil into a bundle smaller than 4'. Wrestling it into the storage locker is like taking on "The Rock". There's no reason it needs to be that stiff, Airstream knows, so it must be cheaper.
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Old 01-27-2018, 05:26 AM   #17
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On a chilly morning it's almost impossible to coil into a bundle smaller than 4'. Wrestling it into the storage locker is like taking on "The Rock". There's no reason it needs to be that stiff, Airstream knows, so it must be cheaper.
Made in China I suspect, like everything else.
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With limited outside storage and cold weather, I replaced mine after one trip.
I got this one:
https://www.etrailer.com/RV-Wiring/M...-5025ED90.html
It coils to about 16", is easy to handle and I like the angled connector since it takes the load off the receptacle.
This looks great. May have to pick one up. That AS supplied cable is terrible!
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I also got tired of wrestling with the 25ft cord and bought a Conntek 15ft. 50 amp cord. Google it. I couldnít be happier with the purchase.
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Old 01-28-2018, 08:11 AM   #20
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Once again AirForum comes thru. Lots of solutions including the one we just picked - a short 50 amp plugin adapter that is now matched with a more pliable 15í cord. 15 feet may not always be enough but works anytime the electrical pedestal is midship, which seems often. Thanks for all the suggestions and solutions.
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