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Old 11-21-2013, 10:52 AM   #1
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Extension Cord for Charging

I am new to this and I am looking at buying an extension cord to use to plug up my TT ( 30 Amp Service) to charge while stored at the back of my lot. I will need a 100FT cord to have enough to get to the outlet on my back deck. My question is should I get a 12 or 10 gauge extension cord? As I said this is for charging purposes and not intended to run the AC, Microwave, etc...

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Old 11-21-2013, 11:15 AM   #2
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If it is just for charging then 12 should be adequate. But if it were me I would go with the 10 just because extra capacity is always a good thing and 100 ft is a long run. Home Depot carries a 100 ft Ridgid orange extension cord that is very rugged and flexible. Not inexpensive but worth the cost.
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:43 PM   #3
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Battery died by sitting for about three weeks. When I get the extension cord how long should I let it charge?
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:55 PM   #4
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if all you are doing is charging batteries a 16 ga. cord is adequit. if you intend to do much else while in that location, go bigger.

the model of your converter will greatly determine charge time, and whether or not you need to manage the power source.

what converter do you have?
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:57 PM   #5
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Parasitic drain, they kill batteries.

How long depends on your charger.
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:09 PM   #6
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Make sure you have a 115v 30amp service receptacle and not plug it into a 220v dryer/stove receptacle.
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:23 PM   #7
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Go with 10 gauge if you can find one - may have to connect two 50' footers. 100' is a LONG run. The larger gauge will allow you to run the A/C to cool down when you are working in it, cooling the fridge, etc.
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:59 PM   #8
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This looks like a good deal to me:

Coleman Cable 02589 12/3 Vinyl Outdoor Extension Cord with Lighted End, 100-Feet - Amazon.com

I'd also suggest getting two 50-footers instead of 100-footer. 100 foot extension cords can be heavy, and why lug that all the time, if you need the ext cord for some other use.
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:46 PM   #9
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If it were me I would get the Ridgid 10 ga 100' extension for $139 and a dog bone adaptor to connect it to your TT. Then I would get a Battery Tender to keep your battery topped off. I would also disconnect the battery from the TT and then you don't have to worry what kind of converter you have. I've been doing it that way for three years and never had a problem with the batteries.
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:46 PM   #10
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The converter I have is a Cheng WF8955EC in a Surveyor with 30 Amp service. How often should I charge it up while sitting for the Winter?
Thanks again for the replies-this is all new to me and just want to do the right thing.
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