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Old 05-26-2022, 10:28 PM   #1
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How safe, or dangerous, is it to run an extension cord in my 2022 FR Wildcat 5th wheel. It not a matter of more power its where. We are full timers and I would like to work at the table. There is not any power close enough for my laptop. There is a plug behind the recliners but itís two sockets and two chairs.

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Old 05-26-2022, 10:35 PM   #2
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A laptop does not draw a lot of power so it should not be an issue at all to use an extension cord. A space heater on the other hand would not be suitable since they typically draw high amperage. I use extension cords all the time in my 5th wheel for my tablet and laptop. Just don't plug alot of devices into a single extension at the same time. Even so, you would most likely pop a breaker or blow a fuse if overloaded..just like at home.
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Old 05-26-2022, 11:03 PM   #3
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You should be ok. I'd go with a three prong heavy duty extension cord.
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Old 05-27-2022, 09:27 AM   #4
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I use a surge protected extension cord for my electronics. These tend to be a little more costly than your standard extension cord, but they protect my computer and electronics. I tend to use these in my home for all my electronics needs also.
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Most of my adult life, I have not known much about electricity flow, but have learned much in the last 5 years. If you run an extension cord, make sure it is no less than 3 phase, 12 ga. cord. And as Jim suggests, a surge protected extension is a smart investment. But be prepared to pay $30+ for a good one.
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Old 06-20-2022, 07:16 PM   #6
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Do you mean 3 wire ( two wire and gnd)?



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Most of my adult life, I have not known much about electricity flow, but have learned much in the last 5 years. If you run an extension cord, make sure it is no less than 3 phase, 12 ga. cord. And as Jim suggests, a surge protected extension is a smart investment. But be prepared to pay $30+ for a good one.
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Most of my adult life, I have not known much about electricity flow, but have learned much in the last 5 years. If you run an extension cord, make sure it is no less than 3 phase, 12 ga. cord. And as Jim suggests, a surge protected extension is a smart investment. But be prepared to pay $30+ for a good one.

3 phase? I think you mean 3 conduter. Your laptop probably has a 2 conductor cord, get a 6 foot cord and you will be fine.
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I would get a good plug strip with surge protector built in for a laptop. The cords come in different lengths.

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My bad! I did mean a “3 wire” cord, not 3 phase. I should have said, a grounded 12 ga. cord. Sorry!��
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I've used a variety of extensions cords in the RV, just like I would in a stick and brick house.
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Old 06-21-2022, 01:46 PM   #11
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How safe, or dangerous, is it to run an extension cord in my 2022 FR Wildcat 5th wheel. It not a matter of more power its where. We are full timers and I would like to work at the table. There is not any power close enough for my laptop. There is a plug behind the recliners but itís two sockets and two chairs.

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If you're just going to use it for a laptop then any household extension cord will be fine . very low draw from a laptop
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Old 06-21-2022, 01:47 PM   #12
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How safe, or dangerous, is it to run an extension cord in my 2022 FR Wildcat 5th wheel.
Exactly as safe or dangerous as an extension cord in your (or any) house.
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If you're just going to use it for a laptop then any household extension cord will be fine . very low draw from a laptop
Except the cheap household 15AMP extension cord will not protect from an electrical surge if one was to happen.

As an example, last week we where set up in a RV park in MI. A severe thunderstorm was taking place and all of the 120V power shut off in the camper. The power returned in two minutes and everything was back to normal for us.

What happen? Our surge protector shut off the power due to a surge in the campground power supply. I did have to reset the power strip in the camper for the electronics also.

Better safe than sorry.
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Except the cheap household 15AMP extension cord will not protect from an electrical surge if one was to happen.

As an example, last week we where set up in a RV park in MI. A severe thunderstorm was taking place and all of the 120V power shut off in the camper. The power returned in two minutes and everything was back to normal for us.

What happen? Our surge protector shut off the power due to a surge in the campground power supply. I did have to reset the power strip in the camper for the electronics also.

Better safe than sorry.
so have a surge protector for whole rv no need for a separate one on extension cord . but i say do what makes you feel safe . my bulldog does the job for camper .
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