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Old 02-17-2015, 09:09 PM   #1
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Buying new power cord. What length to get?

Well, I knew we would end up having to buy a new power cord when the dealer we bought it from could not "find" the cord for the camper we bought. He strung us along for about 3 weeks saying he was going to look for it. My husband called last week for the 20th time and was told he was no longer working there. He sold out the business to his partner and knew when he was no longer going to be there so he wouldn't be the one to have to deal with us anymore or buy us a new cord. So we are looking to buy a cord very soon. We aren't sure whether to get a 25' or 50'. What would you guys suggest? In a way, we are leaning towards a 50' since we wouldn't want to be stuck in a campground where we wouldn't be able to reach the hookups but don't know if 50' would be overkill. Our plug-in for the camper is in about the middle of the camper, not towards the back.
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Old 02-17-2015, 09:18 PM   #2
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You can always coil up excess but you can't stretch cord when you don't have enough, go for the 50 ft.
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Old 02-17-2015, 09:19 PM   #3
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Well, I knew we would end up having to buy a new power cord when the dealer we bought it from could not "find" the cord for the camper we bought. He strung us along for about 3 weeks saying he was going to look for it. My husband called last week for the 20th time and was told he was no longer working there. He sold out the business to his partner and knew when he was no longer going to be there so he wouldn't be the one to have to deal with us anymore or buy us a new cord. So we are looking to buy a cord very soon. We aren't sure whether to get a 25' or 50'. What would you guys suggest? In a way, we are leaning towards a 50' since we wouldn't want to be stuck in a campground where we wouldn't be able to reach the hookups but don't know if 50' would be overkill. Our plug-in for the camper is in about the middle of the camper, not towards the back.
I always carried a 25' with a 25' extension. My extension was really my original old cord that had a damaged end and I replaced it and made it an extension.

With two you only use what you need.
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Old 02-17-2015, 09:24 PM   #4
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I would go back to the dealer - have a polite but firm conversation with the "partner" and explain the situation. The partner was part owner of the business when the promise was made, and he should honor the commitment. IF he chooses not to give you a cord, then I would wait for the first really nice busy Saturday and make a huge spectacle in front of a lot of potential customers.

As far as which cord to buy, why not get two 25 foot cords. You may never need the second one, but if you do.......
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Old 02-17-2015, 09:25 PM   #5
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I always carried a 25' with a 25' extension. My extension was really my original my old cord that had a damaged end and I replaced it and made it an extension.

With two you only use what you need.
I agree with this! Buy (2) 25' cords! PS Live & Learn! Youroo!!
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Old 02-17-2015, 09:34 PM   #6
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Buy the 50' and a 25'. Over the 50 plus yrs I've been camping, I have found I have needed both. I also carry a 50' extension I've used once or twice to get the full 125'. Don't like it, but sometimes you just have to make do when the conditions warrant.
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Old 02-17-2015, 10:26 PM   #7
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Old 02-17-2015, 10:49 PM   #8
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Our Flagstaff came with a 25 and we got a 30 foot extension, never needed more than that, plus weight would eventually be an issue, 30 feet of 30 amp extension cord is not lite and when added to everything else you carry does not take long to get to your carrying capacity. Even worse if into 50 amp cables, those things weigh a ton. My bigger concern was water hoses, one CG we were 6 inches short and had to re-hook the TT up and move over a foot to hook up water. Never a bad thing to have more than you think you need...just watch the weight creep.

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If you have a 30 amp hook up 25' and 50' are ok, but if you
have 50 amp stay with 25' cables. The 50 amp suckers get heavy and stiff.
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Were I camp I usually need 100 ft minimum. I have 135 feet on board. The resistance gets up there at that length. Keep this in mind and turn off unessary loads to prevent overcorrect and burned ends.
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