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Old 12-11-2018, 07:49 PM   #1
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Electrical connection during storage

We keep our Forester MBS 2401 WS in covered storage in between trips, and plugged in to the regular power outlet provided at the storage facility. This we think accommodates the power trickles required from the various monitoring devices on board as well as it powers a dehumidifier. (We live in Houston, TX ... humidity always an issue!)

A storage neighbor advised us that, with a 30-amp cord adapter, we could use a regular 3-prong electrical extension cord to plug into the storage electrical outlet and thereby avoid enticement for others to steal our 30-amp camping power cord.

Thoughts? Does this work just as well as the 30 amp power cord as long as we don’t intend to run the AC?

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Old 12-11-2018, 07:54 PM   #2
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A regular 12 guage extension cord is good for up to 20 amps, which is most likely all the outlet will provide (if even that much.) Be sure it is stamper 12 guage on the cord.
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Old 12-11-2018, 08:17 PM   #3
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Thanks, CedarCreekWoody!
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Old 12-14-2018, 07:37 AM   #4
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In an area where things like power cords can grow legs a simple precaution or two will help.

Simply paint a couple of places on the cord with any old paint colors , and it will be hard for the thief to use it in the same location.

As a recovering New Yorker the technique would be to purchase good 20A ends for the cord ($7.00 each not the $2.00 each) and install them.'

With the paint and replaced ends, the cord will look ancient and the thief will look elsewhere. AKA "Show Sh*t)
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or, some folks intentially run over their Shore cord so that the RV is sitting on it ... supposedly doesn't hurt it, either.
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Old 12-14-2018, 08:17 AM   #6
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It's nearly impossible to stop a thief. Best thing is to only display the cheapest items possible. The problem with power cords is the copper. A lot of people are stealing them for scrap so adding new ends just increases your cost if it is taken. The best way to secure it now a days is to stand on it and scream for help. Most people will keep clear of anyone screaming for help.
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Do not put a 20 amp plug on the cord unless you are certain there is a 20 amp outlet to plug it into (as they are not common.) A 20 amp plug will not go into a 15 amp outlet.
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With all being said, if all you want to do is have enough power to keep the batteries charged, a 15 amp (14 AWG) cord would be plenty as long as it isn't too long. If the RV is within 25' of the receptacle.

However you said that you want to run a dehumidifier. Generally speaking a 50 pint compressor dehumidifier draws about 5 amps so a 15 amp circuit should still be ok as long as keeping the batteries charged and running the dehumidifier is all you do.
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Do not put a 20 amp plug on the cord unless you are certain there is a 20 amp outlet to plug it into (as they are not common.) A 20 amp plug will not go into a 15 amp outlet.

Don't confuse the newbie.
15 and 20 amp cords must certainly will interchange. One is 14 ga and one is 12 ga. Go to HD or Lowes and look at them. They both have the same plug on them. What will NOT interchange is a Designated 20 amp cord (12 ga) or receptacle. Usually found of motorized equipment and microwave convection ovens. Not usually found at HD or Lowes. The 20 amp cord cap will have one vertical blade and one horizontal blade and a ground. This type of cord is not very common.
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Don't confuse the newbie.
15 and 20 amp cords must certainly will interchange. One is 14 ga and one is 12 ga. Go to HD or Lowes and look at them. They both have the same plug on them. What will NOT interchange is a Designated 20 amp cord (12 ga) or receptacle. Usually found of motorized equipment and microwave convection ovens. Not usually found at HD or Lowes. The 20 amp cord cap will have one vertical blade and one horizontal blade and a ground. This type of cord is not very common.
Cavie, read what i wrote, you are the one that is confused. You said the exact same thing that i did, a 20 amp plug will not plug into a 15 amp outlet, and 20 amp outlets are not common. I posted this in response to post number four where it was suggested the OP replace the 15 amp plug with a 20 amp plug.
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