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Old 09-06-2015, 11:14 PM   #1
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Extension cord to hook up A-frame to shore power?

Is it OK to use one or more extension cords to hook up an A-frame to shore power at home? My A-frame is parked halfway down my driveway and would need at least one 100 ft extension cord to access power. The previous owner used a long extension cord briefly during the walk-thru at his house, but I have not tried plugging it in yet.

I'd like to test the AC, frig, microwave - but only one system at a time. Would this be safe?


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Old 09-06-2015, 11:27 PM   #2
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For 100 feet you would need a minimum of 12 gauge wire. These are usually listed as 20 amp., but sometimes 15.

In addition to the factory 25 foot 30 amp. cordset, I carry a 50 foot 20 amp. extension cord with a converter** so that I can plug into a standard 15/20 amp outlet.


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Old 09-08-2015, 08:11 AM   #3
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I've run the coolcat off a 25 foot 12 Ga cord with minimal voltage drop. Running the AC off a 100 foot extension cord would be iffy, in my estimation. But the only way to know is to get a voltmeter and measure the voltage at the camper for yourself.

As bluepill says, use a 12 gauge cord, minimum. And use a 20 amp outlet if you have one.

You can buy 10 gauge standard or RV style extension cords, but the price is as high as the weight is heavy. If you want to try, get a 12 Ga. cord and return it if it doesn't meet you needs before investing in a 10 gauge cord.

If the voltage is good under load, I would feel comfortable with the camper plugged in for charging and the AC or microwave testing you propose.

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