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Old 03-02-2013, 09:03 AM   #1
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Best place to buy 50amp extension cords? Would love 100' or at least 50'

I'm picking up a XLR Thunderbolt on Wednesday. I race motorcycles as a hobby and am excited for the upgrade. My previous trailer had 30 amp service the XLR has 50amp. Many times when I'm at the track the electrical boxes are far away and if you aren't there early enough you need significant extension cord length to power the trailer.

I went to price out extension cords and wow they are way more expensive that 30amp ones. Since I may have to run 2 50' cords at times, I just want to make sure I buy a sufficient gauge wire that doesn't completely break the bank.

Where are you buying your cords and what would you recommend for me, I want to be sure I do it right the first time. Currently there is one 15,000 btu air conditioner but at some point I'm sure I will install a second one.

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Old 03-02-2013, 10:13 AM   #2
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IMHO a 100' 50 AMP extension would be very heavy and difficult to wind up. I would do 2-50'ers. Have you considered going to Home Depot or Lowes, buying the cord and ends and doing it yourself? Might save several bucks.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:54 AM   #3
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I waited until the 50' cord was on sale at Camping World w/free shipping. It was still expensive. The 50' cord is very stiff I agree 2 50's instead of anything longer. If you're handy you could go the Home Depot route or go to an electical wholesale place. Always pays to shop around on the internet too.
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:16 PM   #4
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Thank you for the info, I'm not the most handy but I can cut insulation off wires and hook up a plug. As far as the 4 connector cable goes, what type would you recommend? Replacement plugs are easy to find, I'm having trouble finding the cord part of it.

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Old 03-02-2013, 01:26 PM   #5
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I'm picking up a XLR Thunderbolt on Wednesday. I race motorcycles as a hobby and am excited for the upgrade. My previous trailer had 30 amp service the XLR has 50amp. Many times when I'm at the track the electrical boxes are far away and if you aren't there early enough you need significant extension cord length to power the trailer.

I went to price out extension cords and wow they are way more expensive that 30amp ones. Since I may have to run 2 50' cords at times, I just want to make sure I buy a sufficient gauge wire that doesn't completely break the bank.

Where are you buying your cords and what would you recommend for me, I want to be sure I do it right the first time. Currently there is one 15,000 btu air conditioner but at some point I'm sure I will install a second one.

Thank you,
Z
X2......

Go to lowes or Home Depot tell someone in the elect. dept what you need. They should be able to hook you up with cord and ends. Before you go, look at the connector on your trailer to make sure you get the right one.....Good Luck.
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:12 PM   #6
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You can get RV parts at a decent price from pplmotorhomes.com. They have 2 differnt 30' 50 AMP cords 1 @ 144. another at 130.
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:36 PM   #7
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I have a Columbus 295RL with 50-amp service. Yes - the cords are heavy and hard to handle, especially in cold weather! They're expensive too.

I had 30-amp service on my last trailer so I have all of the extensions and adapters that I need for 30-amp plus a couple of 50-amp adapters.

A majority of the parks we visit just have 30-amp service anyway, so I'm going to purchase a 50-amp to 30-amp pigtail and then use my 30-amp extensions to bring in power. The 30-amp stuff is all cheaper and easier to handle, plus I will still have the 50-amp cord if we need both ACs running, etc.

There's a fair price on the adapter on Amazon, if anybody has found a better price please LMK:

Amazon.com: Conntek 14381 RV Pigtail Adapter RV 30 Amp Male Plug To 50 Amp 125/250 Volt Locking Female Connector: Patio, Lawn & Garden
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I went on PPL's site and found a similar pigtail adapter from 50 amp to 30 amp for less:

Electrical Adapter for Sale - PPL Motor Homes
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:25 AM   #9
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I agree, I would go with the 50 to 30 amp pigtail and run two 50' 30 amp cords togehter. Camping World has them for about $50 each.

However.... I see that Northern Tool sells a 100 foot 50 amp cord for a wopping $599. Have you thought of going with a generator for the race track instead?
50 amp from Northern Tool + Equipment
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If you go the DIY route make sure the outer jacket of the cable is capable of being used outdoors. UV from the sun will break down plastic. Also, some plastics are more water resistant than others.
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