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Old 01-17-2014, 02:22 PM   #51
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I just ordered another 40 feet of 6/4 SOOW cable on eBay, and the connectors to make up another power cord. I have one that is 70' that I use in the storage building to get power to the RV when it's in there.

The 6/4 SOOW is quite thin, and very flexible even in cold weather. I also ran into a situation where I was about 3 feet short with the OEM cable at a campground, so the 40' length will be much better then the 25' OEM.

Same conductor size in the 6/4 for the power and neutral wires, and 6 AWG as opposed to 8 AWG for the ground. The OD on this cable is .86", so you can see that it's much easier to handle. The SOOW carries the following characteristics:

For use as portable electrical power and portable control cable. Not for direct burial applications. Can be used for ground test or motor leads. Also can provide heavy-duty service for industrial tools, portable lights, battery chargers and equipment exposed to oils, solvents, flame.

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So what is the story with this stuff? Looking on Ebay this stuff looks to be thinner and nicer. Not cheap. but I may be able to get a 50 ft section on my reel. VERY great idea. It would be nice if our OEM cords came with this wire.
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:41 PM   #53
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So what is the story with this stuff? Looking on Ebay this stuff looks to be thinner and nicer. Not cheap. but I may be able to get a 50 ft section on my reel. VERY great idea. It would be nice if our OEM cords came with this wire.
As I mentioned, I've been using it to power the RV when it's in my Ag Building (a 65 foot run from the power center) with no problem. I drive my truck over it when I back that in there (not frequently) with no ill effects. While there is a slight voltage drop when heavily loaded (both A/Cs, Water Heater, Microwave) due to the extended length, it is quite acceptable, and is probably less than I'd experience using a 50A extension cord with the connection resistance.

I first came into contact with this type cable when I used the SOOW to run power to the large Digital LED Video Boards at Rodeos.

The 40' that I ordered on Tuesday just arrived, in a Priority US Mail Box measuring 12"X12"X6". This gives you an idea of how much more compact the SOOW is. Of course, I'll never get it rolled that tight again. LOL But the 40' will store on my MorRyde reel with room to spare.

So, that's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

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Awesome, thanks. There is SO much good information on the board.. But it keeps my bank account pretty low...
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Thanks for the info. George How much lighter than the OEM stuff ?
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Thanks for the info. George How much lighter than the OEM stuff ?
I haven't actually weighed it. But good question.

Tomorrow I'll break out the scale, and get the weight on both the OEM and the 40' SOOW.

I never worried about the weight. It was the manageability that has always been the issue.

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Just did the weights on the two cables.

25 foot OEM cable weighs 17.4 pounds.

40 foot SOOW cable weighs 26.0 pounds.

So the OEM cable wieghs .696 pounds per foot, and the SOOW weighs .650 pounds per foot. No significant weight advantage, but the added length and handling is a benefit worth the change IMO.

Actually, I was surprised at the small difference in weight. It just seems so much lighter.

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Thanks RG... That answers the burning question. As you say not much weight difference,but ease of handling has to be the deciding factor.
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What about the diameter? Could I get a 40fter on the same reel that the current 30fter I have is on?
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