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Old 05-09-2013, 11:58 PM   #1
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Extenstion cord size

Where our Roo is currently parked, we cannot connect it to our outside 110 outlet using an adapter. What gauge extension cord would I need to use in order for enough amperage to run the refrigerator?
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:36 AM   #2
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I would recommend the largest gauge extension cord you can afford. The size of the gauge (larger numerical = smaller wire) depends on the distance to the trailer. 10 gauge wire it's what is used in my 25' - 30 amp extension, and a dogbone adapter to 20/15 amp. This is long enough to reach my neighbors yard and plug in to my garage.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:37 AM   #3
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We carry and use a 50', 10 gauge extension cord...have observed a few friends borrowing longer cords to reach the power pole....same with personally having too short a hose to reach the water...haha never again.... - I dont mind the overkill given the fact that it makes me feel well prepared for nearly anything.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:56 AM   #4
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I use a 75' 12 gauge. Keeps battery charged and will run the fridge. If not running anything else I can also run AC/Heat pump.
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:04 AM   #5
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14 gauge cords are typically rated for 15 amps, the maximum draw from a standard household circuit. Now with a long run, the resistance of the extension cord can cause a voltage drop. The voltage drop is accentuated by a large current draw. So a better practice for long runs is to go with a smaller gauge number to protect from voltage drops. In this case, buy a 12 gauge cord, take it home and try it with your camper while everything turned on except for the air conditioner. Check the voltage and if it is not overly diminished, you are good. If the voltage is too low, return the cord to the store and buy one in 10 gauge. Stores have a return policy for just this reason, so take advantage of it.

Beside the high cost, 10 gauge cords are very heavy and the extra stiffness makes them a pain to work with when you are using it to power something that has to be moved around, such as a hedge trimmer. If you want the cord to be dedicated to your camper, that is one thing but if you want it for general use, a 10 gauge cord is unwieldy.
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Where our Roo is currently parked, we cannot connect it to our outside 110 outlet using an adapter. What gauge extension cord would I need to use in order for enough amperage to run the refrigerator?
Chris, to answer your question we need approximate distance from the
outlet to your Roo.

Others have their opinions but if ALL YOU WANT TO DO is keep the fridge
cold and batteries charged, assuming they are pretty full already- you could
get by up to 100 feet with an outside orange "heavy duty" 16 ga cord.
BE SURE your water heater electric is shut OFF for this.

Don't even think about turning on the AC!!
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We wound up ordering a 25ft 30amp cable to connect with our rv cable, and will use the 30 to 15 adapter until we can have our own 30 amp line installed at home.
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It certainly won't hurt to have a bit of extra string when hooking up your camper.
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:32 AM   #9
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We have a 50' 30amp cord. I initially bought that length, only because the attached cord in our 2000 Coleman Mesa popup (the type that you push/thread back into the camper) was only about 15-20 feet. The yellow detachable job on my hybrid is at least 30 feet. If I were buying now, I'd only get 25 more feet.

if you think you might need to run more than the fridge, then get the same amperage rating as your main cord. If you go by amperage rating, the length will be accounted for with the correct wire gage. But 30amp cords of decent length are pricey. If you don't need to run the A/C at other stuff at home, and won't need this cord for actual camping, then you might save some money and go lighter.
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