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Old 09-22-2020, 09:12 AM   #1
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Included 50 amp power cord

Can someone tell me how long the power cable is that Cedar Creek provides. Also, is the power port on the trailer a 4 prong female?
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Old 09-22-2020, 09:25 AM   #2
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I don't have a CC... but... most R/Vs come with either a 25' or 30' shore power cord.
50 amp service is 4 prong.
The R/V receptacle is a twistlock male... the cord end that plugs into the R/V receptacle is a twistlock female.



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Old 09-22-2020, 09:42 AM   #3
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My Creek's power cord is 25' long. I have found that in most cases this is lone enough for the camp grounds that I use. I would also recommend a portable surge protector of some sort. This provides about a foot to the length of the power cord in my case.

This seems to be the standard length for 90% of the 50 AMP power cords for all trailers. When we set up at a camp ground I check to insure that the cord will reach before un-hitching. This way I can reposition the trailer if required for the power cord to reach. I do not worry about fresh water or sewer lines length, as I have enough to reach 50' if required.
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Old 09-22-2020, 11:58 PM   #4
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2 1/2 years ago I bought and a 50 amp RV extension cord from Walmart as my normal cord wouldn't reach my 50 amp box at home. This is what I bought though it is about $15 more than I paid for mine at the time - https://www.walmart.com/ip/Camco-551...-Cord/29764590
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Old 09-23-2020, 07:01 AM   #5
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When people add an extension cord to their RV power cord, do they ask the questions, “What is my new length of cord?”, “What gauge is required for that length?” and, “What gauge are both the extension and the power cords?”

When the manufacturer makes a single cord and lists a current rating on it, I have faith that they have ensured the correct gauge for the length of the cord. When people add extension cords, the manufacturer can’t possibly know what the new length will be, and can’t have guaranteed the correct gauge for that new length. That becomes the responsibility of the person creating the new length.

Manufacturers probably use a heavy enough gauge to handle longer lengths, but are extension cord users sure that both cords are of sufficient gauge?
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I have no qualms about adding an extra 25' to my power cord. If the extension cord is sized for the type plug ie: 10 gauge for 30 amp and 6 gauge for 50 amp- it will be fine in 99.5% of the applications. Beyond 25' more I might start thinking about gauge vs probable load.
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It sounds like you have asked yourself the questions. My concern is that most people seem to believe that, if you need more length, just add more cord. That is dangerous thinking.
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eye95, I’m no electrician but I’ve learned that the wire gauge needs to suit the amperage you’ll be using and longer runs will cause voltage loss. Is there anything else that I should be aware of?

Most sites that have a 50A outlet on the pedestal will probably be within the reach of the factory-supplied power cord but I do have a single 25 ft.-long 50A extension cord and I have no concerns using the two cords on a 50A site since we only have one AC unit. We’ve been to several Provincial Park campgrounds where we needed at least 75 ft. of power cord to reach the 30A pedestal. In those situations I used the 50A factory-supplied cord, the 50A extension cord and then 1 or 2 30A extension cords as needed. I doubt I’m ever using close to the full 30A at those sites and, based on actual measurements, the wire gauge is sufficient to prevent much voltage loss.
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Our trailer is sometimes at our music festival location unattended. A couple years back I arrived to find my 25' 50 AMP cord missing. After much cursing and screaming it was determined that one of our volunteers had accidentally mowed it with the tractor! Ordered an OEM replacement from Amazon and was powered back up quickly. The only bright spot is that he hit it right in the middle. So now, after ordering the proper connectors from Amazon, I have two 10' 50 AMP extension cords. Haven't needed one yet but good to know they are down there if needed. Lemonade out of lemons!
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Only once in 13+ years have I had to use the additional 25' extension cord....but I was glad I had it. I also carry two 30 amp cords just in case the c/g doesn't have 50amp service....and I have had to use one of them more than once.

With all that said, I carry both a 30A and 50A surge protector.
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Safe to have two

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Most sites that have a 50A outlet on the pedestal will probably be within the reach of the factory-supplied power cord but I do have a single 25 ft.-long 50A extension cord and I have no concerns using the two cords on a 50A site since we only have one AC unit.
You would be just as safe with two AC units, since each of them is on a separate branch. That is, one is on the L1 terminal and one is on the L2 terminal. The maximum current on each conductor is the same.

(For the nitpickers in the crowd, it is indeed true that both AC units share the common neutral return, but the currents are out of phase and cancel each other out. If the two ACs consume the same amount of current, they contribute no current to the neutral.)
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