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Old 12-06-2017, 04:53 PM   #21
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Super simple here no winding needed just a toss.

Since the 1st thing you should connect it power throw the darn thing right in the door. On the floor where it is in your way. 1st in last out. ie open door connect, pack and leave. 1st in last out
Shouldn't that be last in, first out?
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Old 12-06-2017, 04:55 PM   #22
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Gasman. Where did you get those reels for $15.00. I would like one for water hose
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Old 12-06-2017, 05:00 PM   #23
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Shouldn't that be last in, first out?
Maybe depends on how you 1st hooked up ;-)
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Old 12-06-2017, 05:19 PM   #24
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cord and hose storage

I put a series of hooks, big ones, 1.99 at Lowes and coil and hang my cord and hoses. Additionally I have velcro straps on everything. Once it's hung I cinch it up and it's stored. Neat, off the floor and not moving around while traveling.
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Old 12-06-2017, 05:57 PM   #25
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I got my reel from harbor freight. It was under $20. I wonder my 50 amp 36 foot cord on it and probably could wind another 10 feet on it. Another thing to consider is attaching it to the top of compartment , allowing storage under Neath the cord. What I saved over the moor cord reel more than paid for a weekend of camping. Go to harbor freight and get air hose reel.
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Old 12-06-2017, 06:30 PM   #26
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I hadn't run across this advice before, and at first was tempted to dismiss the idea outright. I assumed someone came up with a wild theory regarding induction generated from coils around an air core... That I could debunk.

Then I did a little google research, and it seems it's simply a heat dissipation issue. There HAVE been instances of coiled cords melting and shorting, due to a tightly packed coil of insulated wire not being able to dissipate the heat it generated, with no spacing for air circulation to aid in heat dissipation. That does makes sense, especially if you were running close to max current for an extended period of time... Like, for instance, a 30 or 50A cord powering an RV...

Henceforth and forever forward, I'll never use a cord while on a reel, especially if its mounted inside a compartment on my RV. A loose coil on the ground would be much safer.

Here's an unverified pic I stole from a web site.


I'll confirm for you it's true. I've personally seen it happen to someone. Do not use an extension cord while its wound on a reel. A RV power cord is just a large extension cord. It can melt and short out (like in the pic) and possibly cause a fire.
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Old 12-06-2017, 07:07 PM   #27
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Gadgets like this are cool and one of the things that keeps people interested in working on or with their RV's. there are so many options out there and they all work for somebody. I wish I had room in my compartment to install one. I have a wrestling match with my 50A cord every time I take it out or put it back in. I'm gonna have to look at modifying things over the winter. That's the best part about owning an RV, if you can't use it because the weather is bad, figure out what you can do to improve it to for your needs.
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:27 PM   #28
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I don't need 50A, just 30A, but I'll mention that when I needed more cord I opted to buy 2 - 20' cords rather then one 40' cord.

Just sayin', if possible it's easier to manage several shorter cords than one mondo one.
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:10 PM   #29
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I've installed one of those 3 years ago and it works great!

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Old 12-06-2017, 11:41 PM   #30
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Garden hose hanger

That's what I screwed to the "basement" wall. It keeps the cord off the "floor," not quite as easy as a reel but simpler.
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:24 AM   #31
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What I wouldn't give for a detachable cord !!!
I know they can be stolen or screwed with but,,,
So much easier to deal with the wired cord !!!
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:43 AM   #32
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We converted our last TT to a Marinco ParkPower setup - not a big job.

Mods - Marinco 30ARVKIT

Luckily our current trailer came that way.

As for the cord, I coil it (alternating over- and underhand). I used to put it in a vinyl bag but I like the idea of putting it just inside the door better!

Because we camp in Ontario parks we carry two 50' 30A extensions. I keep those coiled in a bin when not in use but they're heavy. I'm thinking of splitting one into two smaller cords.
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I only have one of the two A.C. installed so I leave my 50 amp cord at home. I purchased a 30 foot 30amp cord with a 50 amp female end on it. Lighter, no adapters to deal with. Then I have my 50 foot 20 amp extension (from previous trailer) if I need more length. Hope DW never needs the second A.C. installed. 😂
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We converted our last TT to a Marinco ParkPower setup - not a big job.

Mods - Marinco 30ARVKIT

Luckily our current trailer came that way.

As for the cord, I coil it (alternating over- and underhand). I used to put it in a vinyl bag but I like the idea of putting it just inside the door better!

Because we camp in Ontario parks we carry two 50' 30A extensions. I keep those coiled in a bin when not in use but they're heavy. I'm thinking of splitting one into two smaller cords.
Nice conversion !!!
But if I were to change mine I would just spice in a male & female 30amp plug in side the storage compartment ,,, and use the existing cord door !!!
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Gasman. Where did you get those reels for $15.00. I would like one for water hose
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Old 12-11-2017, 10:21 AM   #36
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I only have one of the two A.C. installed so I leave my 50 amp cord at home. I purchased a 30 foot 30amp cord with a 50 amp female end on it. Lighter, no adapters to deal with. Then I have my 50 foot 20 amp extension (from previous trailer) if I need more length. Hope DW never needs the second A.C. installed. 😂
Sorry 50 foot 30amp extension.
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Old 12-11-2017, 01:49 PM   #37
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Here's what I did...go to your local grocer and simply ask for a 4gal milk crate. They are lightweight, but heavy duty plastic. I simply coil my 50A cable into the crate and remove only the length I need to reach the plug-ins. Added bonus...the crates have slotted carry handles for easy pickup and carrying. Best of all...it was free. (I would show a picture, but I can't figure out how to do it. This is not a very user friendly site to me.) If anyone could tell me how to add pics, I would appreciate it. Thanks
X2... my cousin did this and I copied him. Keeps it together, easier to pick up, and keeps it cleaner
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I've installed one of those 3 years ago and it works great!

https://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/...manual_55-2722
Thanks for the link. Been looking at these for 2 years but never like the price. On sale for $184 right now, like that price and it'll be her next week.
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X2... my cousin did this and I copied him. Keeps it together, easier to pick up, and keeps it cleaner
Or you could buy one @ Walmart for $2 !!!
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Nice conversion !!!
But if I were to change mine I would just spice in a male & female 30amp plug in side the storage compartment ,,, and use the existing cord door !!!
Our primary goal for the mod was to eliminate the cord hatch... they call it a mouse hole for a reason!



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