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Old 04-29-2013, 01:46 PM   #1
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Cheap 50 amp cord reel

Looked online for a 50 amp cord reel and the cheapest one I could find was $138 for a manuel.
Thought about using a hose reel, so I looked them up at Harbor Freight and found this: 100 Ft. Steel Air Hose Reel
I happen to have one where I live , so I picked one up and it works perfect for $17.99.

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Old 04-29-2013, 01:51 PM   #2
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I have a similar rv the 365 saq. I am not trying to be smart but why do you need a reel? Is it easier to wind up, stores neater or what. The 50 amp cord is much heavier and bulky. I have been looking at the ones online. The one you installed looks great and it would fit in my unit.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:52 PM   #3
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Nice, thanks for sharing!
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:54 PM   #4
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Nice! I may check that out. I currently wind the cord down into a 5-gallon bucket and it's a workout (especially if it's cold out!).
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:59 PM   #5
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Yea the 50 amp cord is big and bulky. There is no way I could roll it up that tight without the reel. Just stretch it out straight and roll it up. No having to twist to get it to lay flat. Some people roll them up into a milk crate but I find this alot easier, if you have the room to mount it.
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:06 PM   #6
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I ordered 50' of 6/4 SOOW and made a new cord. A lot lighter, and much more flexible even in cold weather.

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I ordered 50' of 6/4 SOOW and made a new cord. A lot lighter, and much more flexible even in cold weather.

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I just had to google "6/4 SOOW".. so - understand my level of education (aka none ). What's different about this vs. what comes with the camper?

It seems like for 50' of 6/4 SOOW - it's between $150-$175. I then assume you need 2 new connectors?
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:48 PM   #8
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The main difference is in the thickness of the outer jacket, which adds both bulk and weight to the "standard" 50A power cord. SOOW cable, electrically, is equal to the properties of the standard cable. In fact, the standard cable uses 8 or 10 AWG for the ground since it should not be carrying any current, and the SOOW will have 6 AWG. I could not find SOOW with 3 - 6AWG and a single 8 or 10 AWG.

In detail, the letters in "SOOW" stand for cable properties. The ‘S’ in SOOW cable means “Service.” For portable cords that begin with an S but are NOT followed by a J, the voltage rating is 600 volts. The ‘OO’ means the cable has oil resistant insulation and jacketing. The ‘W’ means the cable is weather and water resistant. Overall, SOOW cable resists oil, solvents, water, ozone, aging, and abrasion. It is also flame retardant, flexible, and durable.

After a lot of shopping around, I ordered mine from

SOOW | eBay

Free and fast shipping, believe it or not via USPS.

Found the connectors on eBay.

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Old 04-29-2013, 03:32 PM   #9
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GMC,
Looks like you have the cable wound so that the end that plugs into the coach is last on the reel. How do you work it so that you can get to the end that plugs into the campground electrical box? Do you need to take the entire cord off the reel?
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:40 PM   #10
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No matter which way you wind the cable, one end is going to be on the bottom, unless you center roll it.

If you do center roll it, the unused portion will remain on the reel, and the compartment door will not close unless you have a motor home where the ends can be fed out the bottom.

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