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Old 03-25-2020, 02:23 PM   #1
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Greetings. I am going to answer my own question. Pros and cons on RV power cord. Mine is the pull out. Thinking of changing to a twist lock. It works great no problems. Why change, I haven't a clue!?! Not to be like every other. Don't know. Other than minus a few $$ and change. Would be my guess. Answered my own question. Thanks. Be safe . Have a good day!!
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Old 03-25-2020, 02:34 PM   #2
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If you do make the change, rather than a twist lock connection on your RV, seriously consider using a SmartPlug. Saw them at a Mike Sokol presentation. All round a better setup.

https://smartplug.com/rv/
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Old 03-25-2020, 02:42 PM   #3
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There are times that I miss our pull out type. Both have their Pros and Cons.


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Old 03-25-2020, 03:18 PM   #4
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If you do make the change, rather than a twist lock connection on your RV, seriously consider using a SmartPlug. Saw them at a Mike Sokol presentation. All round a better setup.

https://smartplug.com/rv/
TechnoRV has some great videos on the installation of the SmartPlug. I really like how the connection is made.
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Old 03-25-2020, 04:24 PM   #5
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If it works and isn't giving you problems, why change. Sometimes change brings it's own issues. Not necessarily from the different type but the actual act of changing it.
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Old 03-25-2020, 08:50 PM   #6
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Our old unit had a twist lock and a separate cord. The new unit has a pull out cord that sofar I like way better. I donít have to find a place to store the cord and I only have to pull out what I need. Sure you need to wipe it off as you put it back but I had to clean the separate cord before I put it in a tote. I have wiped down air hoses in the shop for 40 years,this is no different. Jay
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Old 03-25-2020, 09:37 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replies. I have had 4 or so RVs ,5ers, TTs all had pull out cords. No problem with storage, no other problems either. I answered my own question and you fine people had your helpful say. Guess I am bored with this virus stay home stuff. Are we going to get any camping in 5he coming year? Thanks have a good day
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Just to inject an opposing opinion (and you know what they're like )!

Our RV came with a pull out cable and I hated it. So I changed the service to 50 amps and also changed the pull-out cable to a plug and receptacle. I like having a dis-connectable cable. The major things I dislike about the pull out cables are;
1) It gets really stiff in cold weather and is hard to push back in the cubbie.
2) If you have to put it away in the rain it's a real pain, whereas I can just disconnect ours and throw it in the back of the truck until I get somewhere dry to clean it up.
3) And a third thing for me is that I have a 30' 30 amp male to 50 amp female adapter cable that I can use if I don't need 50 amp service, that way I don't have to handle the 50 amp cordset

Like I said, that's just my opinion!
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Just to inject an opposing opinion (and you know what they're like )!

Our RV came with a pull out cable and I hated it. So I changed the service to 50 amps and also changed the pull-out cable to a plug and receptacle. I like having a dis-connectable cable. The major things I dislike about the pull out cables are;
1) It gets really stiff in cold weather and is hard to push back in the cubbie.
2) If you have to put it away in the rain it's a real pain, whereas I can just disconnect ours and throw it in the back of the truck until I get somewhere dry to clean it up.
3) And a third thing for me is that I have a 30' 30 amp male to 50 amp female adapter cable that I can use if I don't need 50 amp service, that way I don't have to handle the 50 amp cordset

Like I said, that's just my opinion!
I concur on all points!
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Old 03-26-2020, 10:16 AM   #10
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My cord is the twist type, I have two extensions the have the standard RV plugs. I left for Hells Canyon know I was hooking up so only took one cord. As luck would have it I grabbed the non-twist so I couldn't hook to my rig. Just something to think about
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Old 03-26-2020, 10:44 AM   #11
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I like the removable twist lock because of the adapters and shorter cables I can use with them. At home, I have a short pigtail adapter for 30amp to 15/20amp and can use the shortest 12awg cable I have to plug it into the garage.
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I would change to the Smart Plug system if they had a right angled smart plug ie. with the cord coming out the bottom (pointed at the ground), as I believe this would put less stress on the plug and keep the cord closer to the rig. Just my thought.
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