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Old 03-22-2013, 01:54 PM   #1
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Pros & Cons of Removeable Power Cord?

One of the options for the 19' Escape is a removable power cord. Since it comes standard with a 25' on-board power cord already, I'm having a hard time understanding what the benefit of having a removable power cord is? So much to learn ...
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:06 PM   #2
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Advantages of removable:
1. One less access point for bugs & rodents.
2. It won't ever get stuck wrapped around something in the storage area.
3. Additional space available in the storage area - I added an inverter, a surge protector, and a water filter in the space.

Advantage of fixed:
1. You only need to pull out as much as you need.
2. You probably won't forget & leave it behind.
3. Slightly less chance of it being stolen.
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Glad you made that point about the cord getting stuck around items in the storage area. We will have to pay attention to that.

I seal the space at the cord from bugs using a pliable rope caulk that can be reused a couple of times.
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Tammy advised me not to use the compartment that houses the electrics, water heater and the power cord for storage. That is to prevent damage to those components.
I've never had the need to use it, so it hasn't been an issue.
I'm perfectly happy with the attached power cord.
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Tammy advised me not to use the compartment that houses the electrics, water heater and the power cord for storage. That is to prevent damage to those components.
I've never had the need to use it, so it hasn't been an issue.
I'm perfectly happy with the attached power cord.

The 19' electric is under the driver's bench.

At first, we wanted a removable cord but I like having the attached one.
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Thanks everyone; certainly something that can be easily upgraded later. I'm trying my best not to get EVERY option offered; this will help.
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Thanks everyone; certainly something that can be easily upgraded later. I'm trying my best not to get EVERY option offered; this will help.
Good luck on that!.
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I've had both and prefer the removable cord.

I made up a 10 ft cord out of 14/3 CAB wire for the times I don't need the long 30 amp cord (99% of the time) which makes hooking up quick and easy. I also use this cord when I have the trailer plugged in at home so the 30 amp cord doesn't "walk" when I'm not around.

I found that with the attached cord it would always get tangled up inside the cabinet and I was always going inside and untangling it.

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Do you mean it would get tangled up on itself in the 5.0, or another trailer? What space does it go into in the 5.0? We have never had that happen so now I wonder if it will next time out and maybe we have been lucky.
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Do you mean it would get tangled up on itself in the 5.0, or another trailer? What space does it go into in the 5.0? We have never had that happen so now I wonder if it will next time out and maybe we have been lucky.

The trailer was a 2005 Escape 17B. The new 17B's might be different, I don't know but I went with the removable cord on the 5.0 and prefer it.

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