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Old 02-16-2015, 07:04 PM   #21
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I really struggled with this on our build and went with the standard cord. We have the standard cord on our Casita and it has never really been a issue. We camp in a lot of wet weather and the with the detachable cord, the whole cord will get wet versus just the part that hanging out on the standard. If it was a cheaper option, We may have went for it. In the end, they both work just fine.
Good point. We had to give somewhere. Do you know how hard it is to add all the options we did and still keep the trailer at 30K USD? Wait, don't answer. Anyone who's had an Escape built is familiar with that struggle.
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On the attached cord, Tammy advised me not to stow stuff in the driver side bench where the cord goes. I've followed the advice and haven't had any problems with tangles.
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Old 02-16-2015, 07:30 PM   #23
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How does having the cord removable alleviate this issue?
I just grab a shop towel and feed the cord through the towel into the hole. It's easier than trying to feed it into a bag or basket.
Sorry, Glenn, for not being more detailed. The issue is that pushing an "uncontained" cord into the compartment frequently resulted in it getting hung up on something (specifically, the converter, installed in the same compartment) the next time it was pulled out for use. Cleaning the cord as it went in was not an issue. Frankly, having the cord get wrapped around something else in the under seat compartment was a big PITA. And actually, when the cord is muddy, if removable, it can be hosed off and thrown in the back of the truck until it dries, but again, cleaning is not the issue. As I said, I will never have a fixed cord again. Particularly when I found ants crawling up the cord and into the trailer. It was not my intent to upset or insult anyone who has a fixed cord, or to debate its merits or drawbacks. If it works for you, that's fine. To me, it's like indoor plumbing. Once you have it, the outhouse will never be preferred. When I ordered my Escape, detachable cord was the second option I specified. Living in Florida, A/C was the first.
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On the attached cord, Tammy advised me not to stow stuff in the driver side bench where the cord goes. I've followed the advice and haven't had any problems with tangles.
In my Scamp, the converter was installed in the same compartment. I did not store anything else in the compartment but the cord seemed to hang up on the converter 2 out of 3 times. As I previously stated, it was a major PITA.
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Old 02-16-2015, 07:52 PM   #25
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It was not my intent to upset or insult anyone who has a fixed cord, or to debate its merits or drawbacks.
I thought the purpose of the thread was to debate the merits or drawbacks.
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If we are still discussing merits/drawbacks/opinions and such, at 26 posts into this thread...or are we just taking votes?... my vote is to get the detachable one. Easier to clean while putting away, less likely to tangle, more of a sealed application (no "mouse hole") and offers the option of carrying different cords for different applications. Knowing me, it wouldn't be a case of forgetting to bring along the cord, it would be choosing to bring which of the many cords I'd have.
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[QUOTE=C&G in FL;82791 The issue is that pushing an "uncontained" cord into the compartment frequently resulted in it getting hung up on something (specifically, the converter, installed in the same compartment) the next time it was pulled out for use. Cleaning the cord as it went in was not an issue. [/QUOTE]

That really was the nitty gritty for me. A couple of times on the Scamp I felt some resistance and wiggled and jiggled and pushed the cord in. When I looked in and saw all the converter connections that could be pushed by the cord that was it for me. To each their own. Some folks have retro-fitted them later.

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Old 02-16-2015, 08:16 PM   #28
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I've had both, the fixed on my old Starcraft the removable on the Escape, no problems with either. The fixed took up more storage room then the removable does when coiled up, there's also the route for bugs issue, although I never actually saw this happen. The fixed was a bit more convenient, just pull out however much you need and connect, feed back in and close the little cover when done. There really is no wrong choice, not a big deal either way. If I were to do it over again, I'd opt for the removable just for the space savings.
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In my Scamp, the converter was installed in the same compartment. I did not store anything else in the compartment but the cord seemed to hang up on the converter 2 out of 3 times. As I previously stated, it was a major PITA.
With our first trailer I didn't like the way the power cord was hitting the converter so with our second trailer I suggested to ETI that they but in a plywood wall between the cord and the converter. They agreed and they didn't charge me extra. Also I always clean the cord before I but it in. (Wet or dry)
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With our first trailer I didn't like the way the power cord was hitting the converter so with our seond trailer I suggested to ETI that they but in a plywood wall between the cord and the converter. They agreed and they didn't charge me extra.
Good idea - a fixed cord stuffed into a blind compartment should certainly be going into a compartment with nothing else. My Boler was built this way: the cord goes under the same dinette seat as the converter / power centre and the black waste tank, but the cord is in a segregated compartment. My motorhome has other stuff in the cord compartment, but it's a "basement" compartment with a big outside access door, so I can arrange it in the compartment as desired.
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