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Old 01-20-2014, 01:11 PM   #1
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Has anyone put a power cord reel on their Berkshire?

I just purchased my 2014 Berkshire 390RB in November, having traded up from a travel trailer. The power cord on my Berkshire is heavy to drag around compared to the TT. I was thinking about putting a power cord reel on my MH. Has anyone done this? It doesn't look like there is much room in that area to put a reel so I am wondering if anyone has done it, what model did you use and if you're willing to say, what was the approximate cost. Thanks a bunch!

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I've been looking at doing this too. I have not been able to find a reel that will fit in that space below the inverter. Hope someone else has done it responds.

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Old 01-20-2014, 05:08 PM   #3
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Been talkin about that.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...59568121,d.cGU

Might find some information here.
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:06 PM   #4
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I would love to have a power reel on the cord. The MH I looked at the Tampa show that had them didn't have the feed through the floor. It was a cut out in the bottom and side. I can't figure how to get any of the reels to fit and feed through the hole in the floor of the compartment. I think it would tear up the cord. I sure would love to see someone figure it out.



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This one is close to fitting

The attached is the spec sheet on a power cord reel that is very close to fitting in the shore power compartment of my 2013 390RB. Its about 1 inch too tall. Sure wish TRC would produce one that would fit.
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:24 PM   #6
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Maybe this try to upload the specs will work.
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That is close but there isn't enough room in my compartment[390RB] to work. I would need to move the shelf to gain the extra 3" clearance. I would also have to cut a new hole in the floor as the hole needs to be centered. It would work depending on how badly I want it. Moving the shelf would be a major deal lots of cutting and welding and moving electrical components. I guess I will keep complaining about it for now.



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Old 01-20-2014, 09:39 PM   #8
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I installed one in my 39QS

I installed one in my 39QS. Got it on sale at Camping World, $200 off list price. Has been worth every penny. Made an extension cord out of cord that came with the coach.
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Your cord compartment is different than mine. I have a shelf mid way up the compartment that the inverter sits on.

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The MH I looked at the Tampa show that had them didn't have the feed through the floor. It was a cut out in the bottom and side.

Just having that would help a great deal. Just having the hole in the floor is a PITA!!!
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Old 01-21-2014, 12:28 AM   #11
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Question: How about changing the size of the opening in the floor of the cord compartment by replacing the existing opening with the same type used in the water compartment for the sewer ....

Would definitely give the size opening needed....
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It says in the instal guide that the opening needs to be centered so it would need to have a new opening cut. That's not a big deal and you can leave the old one. They sell a square cover with rollers on four sides that would work. I just see how to move that shelf. I guess a shop could take a plasma cutter to cut it out and wield it back a couple inches higher. Lots of wires in there and would need to measure it out better than I did. All said in done its going to cost 7-8 hundred to do. Just a guess but I bet I'm close.



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Silver would you post more pictures of you set up and how you did it please. Also if you didn't mind saying how much you have into the project.



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$800 bucks??? That's two tanks of diesel or close to 2,000 miles down the road... I'd have to give some serious thought to that....
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I agree and wouldn't spend it but that is just a guess. I think you need a new cord as the stock one might be to stiff. Not sure. I would roll up half the camp grounds cords for 800 bucks. Maybe I just need to convince my wife that the cord is part of the inside and now her responsibility. Might work.



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HA.... Good luck with that .... OR you could take a teenage son/grandson and it could be their responsibility...

Took a 4K mile trip this past summer with two grandsons - one hooked up electric and other did the water.... Neither would do the sewer - go figure that ....
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Have you checked out Surge Gard's 15' 50amp super flex cord??? Cost is $80 which is a tad cheaper that the $800....
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Maybe something like this?
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Cord Reel

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Silver would you post more pictures of you set up and how you did it please. Also if you didn't mind saying how much you have into the project.
My coach is covered and tucked away under a snow bank for the winter so I cannot get more pictures. I found mine reel on sale for $450. At the time I thought it was pricey but as I do a lot of early and late season camping I would not trade it for anything. It is so nice not having to fight with that stiff cord. To follow are the best pictures I can do until spring. It came with the cord so I made a 50 amp extension cord out of my original cord. I needed one anyway. I figured that was a $100 value bringing cost down to $350.

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That looks like a lot more space than I have in mine. I have the shelf with the inverter on top. The actual space where the cord is is about
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