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Old 06-22-2012, 11:50 AM   #21
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:10 PM   #22
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take your cord lay it out straight in the driveway in the sun. leave it out until its warm to hot, then roll it up warm it should lay just fine let it cool down overnight in that shape. If you repeat this process every now and again you will "train" the cord.
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:53 AM   #23
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Hondo, You will use the dual AC's, especially how this summer is starting out. The salesmen told us the duct work for each unit runs the full length of the trailer but in feeling the air I think the front unit only serves the front and the back unit serves the back, maybe RVGuy can confirm this.

My only complaint is the AC units are right above the beds and they are loud, my poor daughter is is inches away from hers in the back. She says she doesnt mind it.

Me and my cord that I have nicknamed the "angry anaconda" have a few battles but have got some good ides from this thread.
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I user something like this. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...L._AA1500_.jpg
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:22 PM   #25
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I too am confused on the "reel" set-ups... are these really used for the 50amp service? In 2008 I drove a show rig around the US and required 50amp service and in one of the expo's my hook-up was about 2' further than my standard shoreline. Not wanting anyone to trip, I plugged in my 25' extension and coiled it under the rig (diameter of the loop was about 3'). This worked for about 45 minutes and I suddenly lost power. I called it in and they reset my breaker, but it only took about 15 minutes for it to trip the second time. After about 2hours of the service staff checking and re-checking current, voltage, etc. the guy next to me mentioned that it was probably due to the coil under my rig- he had that problem once before. They ignored him and hooked me back up. A short time later the same thing happened, so I figured it was worth a try to check the loop and boy was it warm! I called it in again and requested a shorter lead (they had a 6' extension) and I went the next 3 days without a hitch.

To this day I won't coil any of my cords if I'm running anything more than a battery tender.

I'm no expert, but I don't think that coiling the shoreline is capable of stabalizing the power coming in... in my experience, if you want to stabalize, you need a capacitor(s) to act as a buffer against spikes/ or store a little for momentary drops. Thoughts?

IMO training the cords is a must, complimented by your prefered method of storage (clamps, straps, or bins) I prefer to use a combination of those methods (clamping/ straping the cords, then putting them in a bin). Thanks dad for the anal-retentive tendencies
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Old 06-28-2012, 02:22 PM   #26
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Coiling wire will build up heat (more than just use of said wire) think of a transformer. They get hot they are just coiled wire. I won't get into the technical stuff but it has to do with magnetic fields, it creates more "draw" on the wire. the longer the wire the more resistance, the more current the wire takes up, that current is used up as heat. Magnetic fields create heat also, so all that heat runs up to the breaker (which uses heat as its guage) and if the breaker is old it becomes more susceptible to heat, its a perfect storm of breaker breaking-ness
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Old 06-28-2012, 02:31 PM   #27
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i just coil mine in the cargo bay. i don't think i could get mine in a milk crate. the 50 amp is a large cable.
somewhere on here, someone has used a hand cranked hose real mounted in the cargo bay to store theirs on. that has been awhile back...maybe under mods.
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"breaker-breakingness"- too funny Jar!

jimh- that sounds like a great way to keep it tame while in storage, great recall! I think I may try that
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Old 06-28-2012, 03:00 PM   #29
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I coil my 30 amp extension cord in a "milk" crate.
(Not stolen - bought at WalMart)
You can buy them from WalMart?????
I generally get mine from the Mess Hall when the Public Service plow drivers push them into the main roadway in winter time.

We used to say whats white and sleeps 5?
A Public Service crew cab.

I put my jack, 2 jack stands, generator oil, funnel etc in one crate,
in another crate my highway breakdown kit with traffic cuffs, electronic led pucks, triangles cones, handgun, etc...
In the third goes electrical lines and adaptors.
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:54 PM   #30
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"breaker-breakingness"- too funny Jar!

jimh- that sounds like a great way to keep it tame while in storage, great recall! I think I may try that
i'd test the idea out before i actually mounted it. that 50 amp cord is heavy. the real would have to be strong enough to hold up to realing that much weight.

i went back over a year and couldn't find the post. whoever did it had pictures. seems like he had a real for the water hose also.
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