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Old 11-12-2013, 04:22 PM   #31
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One last question on this topic. I'm picturing the removable power cord being heavy and taking up a lot of room in the storage box -- like a garden hose. Am I wrong?
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Old 11-12-2013, 04:25 PM   #32
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About the same as a 25' garden hose, do you want it inside or outside, that will be the difference.
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Old 11-12-2013, 04:39 PM   #33
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Mine coils up quite small, and goes into a plastic bin with other setup items. The cable is about 1/2" thick, and mine is about 15' long. Mine might be a bit shorter, seeing it was once attached, and I cut it to make the cord removable. The connectors on the ends are fairly large.
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Old 11-12-2013, 06:07 PM   #34
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I'm glad I opted for the removable cord after fighting the other kind in my tent trailer. I use a gadget similar to this to handle mine:

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Old 11-12-2013, 06:36 PM   #35
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I retrofitted the one on my casita. It was pretty simple. The hard part was drilling that huge hole in the side.

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Old 11-12-2013, 08:41 PM   #36
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Get the standard cord and have the option of only extending as much cord as necessary to reach the power... Then, if its too cold or muddy or whatever buy an extension cord and adaptor. Leave the cord retracted and run the extension to the power. Just about everyone carries an extension cord anyway in case the power post is too far.
That's an interesting idea (and I've actually done this with a different type of RV).

One question: I believe that every Escape model has a 30-amp power cord, so it has enough capacity to run an air conditioner plus some other loads. Do you mean:
  • a 30-amp extension cord, which is quite bulky and heavy (I don't know how many people carry that); or,
  • a common 15-amp household extension cord (plus adapter), which would limit what you can safely run in the trailer?
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:07 PM   #37
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I do carry a spare 30A extension cord, as well as a short hose and slinky too. Having a light trailer, I often take advantage of how easy it is to maneuver around, and don't always set up along the service connections. I am not in campgrounds much, but when I am I use these extensions about 25% of the time.
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:11 PM   #38
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I've already been planning how to angle Toad at the Escape Rally so I can take more advantage of the awning. Last year, we were all sitting at the rear of the trailer in the tiny bit of shade it provided. Forgot I have a heavy duty extension cord along with me.
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:40 PM   #39
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For me a 15 amp outdoor ext cord plugged into the "household type" receptacle on the power post is sufficient, but I don't run ac. I have used an electric heater without a problem. At a campground this summer where the level areas were far from power other campers were running ac on what looked like ordinary ext cords.

I think the point re removeable power cords is the same: there are advantages to an attached cord that can be augmented with an extension cord, and most campers will need an extension at some time even if they have removeable power cords. With ac it might be good for the ext cord to be 30 amps. (There are also 20 amp cords.)

In my 15B the standard cord stores neatly under the dinette and I find it convenient, out of the way, and out of mind. You probably can't go wrong either way.
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:50 PM   #40
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Decisions, decisions, decisions. For those concerned about bugs entering the power cord hole in the door, Larry Gamble is now carrying a solution. It's so new, it's not yet on his website. Here's a not very good picture too. AND, Frank is modifing his Parkliner (on FiberglassRV) from a fixed to a removable power cord... with lots of pictures! Frank & Gail's ParkLiner - Page 9 - Fiberglass RV

So, I'm waiting on this option until I decide I need it. YMMV
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