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Old 02-17-2015, 10:51 AM   #51
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Or left theirs at home in that last tote they forgot to pack
I guess that could happen, but that really seems unlikely. I know right as I disconnect the cord, and it is in my hand, it is stowed. Same with the water and sewer connections. We have never forgotten any of the trailer gear, as it stays with the trailer at all times, BUT most definitely have forgotten a few other food/booze/clothing type stuff before.

With the prevalence of removable power cords, has anyone ever heard of one left behind, or stolen?
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Old 02-17-2015, 11:30 AM   #52
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And for my last post on this thread My trailer's been hooked up to house power for three months. My heavy, more expensive 30 amp cord is coiled up in the tongue box, out of the elements, while an inexpensive extension cord is out in the sun and rain. Also, as Jim and others mentioned, I think most people disconnect and stow. Just don't think anyone would disconnect it, drop it on the ground and drive away.

And now, back to finish my breakfast, no poutine though

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Old 02-17-2015, 12:20 PM   #53
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Speaking of breakfast, I had my first ever bowl of steel cut oats this am, very delicious. I then went and bowled 4 of my best games at the bowling alley. The oats seemed to work better than staying at the Holiday Inn Express.....
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Old 02-17-2015, 01:12 PM   #54
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And for my last post on this thread My trailer's been hooked up to house power for three months. My heavy, more expensive 30 amp cord is coiled up in the tongue box, out of the elements, while an inexpensive extension cord is out in the sun and rain. Also, as Jim and others mentioned, I think most people disconnect and stow. Just don't think anyone would disconnect it, drop it on the ground and drive away.

And now, back to finish my breakfast, no poutine though

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Well anything can happen. We don't have a removable cord but I do have a nice (yellowjacket) heavy duty extension cord to use when the power outlet is too far away. I use it when we have the trailer at home for loading as the built in cord won't reach the house. I have a special spot in one of the storage compartments so I can always find it. On a recent trip we were in need of this cord and its not there. I mentioned to Gerri that I couldn't believe that I had forgotten it. She said "Oh its hanging up in your shop with all your other cords. I though that's where it came from". There is a good reason we are not pilots!

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Old 02-17-2015, 01:50 PM   #55
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So, is theft of the removable cord not a concern?
No more of a concern than theft of the propane tanks, or a battery in an unlocked outside compartment, or the water hose (and water filter in some cases), or normal extension cords left in use, or power cord adapters, or any furnishings left outside.

The cord is expensive and easy to take. On the other hand, has anyone ever heard a reliable report of one being stolen?
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Old 02-17-2015, 02:45 PM   #56
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Just FYI

Pix of driver side bench storage and cord on my 17B. Nothing there to get tangled in ( your model and build may vary ). Six years of dirt on the floor ( never occurred to me to look ).
Insects could find their way in past the cover ( outside pic ) I suppose, but I don't think mice would be an issue. I am hoping to wash the trailer soon.
Inside pic has sun shining directly on the cover so it looks more open than it should.
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Old 02-17-2015, 02:51 PM   #57
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No more of a concern than theft of the propane tanks, or a battery in an unlocked outside compartment, or the water hose (and water filter in some cases), or normal extension cords left in use, or power cord adapters, or any furnishings left outside.

The cord is expensive and easy to take. On the other hand, has anyone ever heard a reliable report of one being stolen?
I haven't, but on the third hand here, someone with a damaged fixed cord could easily "confiscate" a replacement with any tool that would cut through a 30 amp cord. It's no different from jacking up someone's trailer to obtain a good set of tires, etc. You just have to hope your camping neighbors and other people in the campground are vigilant. I always make a point of meeting the people in adjacent campsites so that I know who should be expected to be in the adjacent sites.
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Although I have never lost a drop cord to theft, in my previous life I had oversight for a municipal Christmas Tree which required 4 very heavy 100 foot drop cords, (we were driving 1000 c-9 bulbs), we had single cords stolen numerous times but after a cretin thief took all 4 two nights in a row, we got serious about securing them. It is my opinion that you need to be vigilant and use common sense while camping and not too much bad will happen. Personally, I usually let the camp host know that I'll be away and that there should be no reason for anyone to be around the camper. Other than that, you can't live your life on what ifs. There's pros and cons for each cord setup, personally, I'd just as soon have the detachable but we don't and to me, it's not worth the time it would cost to change it out. Just my two cents.
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If you go with the detachable cord, one thing you might consider is making up a short 15 amp cord. That way you can use a lighter 12/3 extension cord when you only have 15 amp pedestals, and you will be carrying a spare Marinco twist lock connector, something that may be difficult to find on the road.
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That is exactly what I do and I use it exclusively unless I'm going to need a/c, then I hook up the 30 amp cord set.
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