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Old 06-12-2015, 05:47 PM   #1
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Removable vs fixed power cord.

For those contemplating the decision of fixed versus removable, here is another aspect to consider. I leave my unit plugged in at home and use a 15 amp extension with an adapter. After 5 years of outside use it is starting to show wear and tear from the elements. Your permanent cord will also do the same if used 24/7/365. It is a lot cheaper to replace a 15 amp cord than the heavier 30 amp cord set. I leave my 30 amp inside the front box and throw the extension inside the trailer. Some over night stays I use the smaller cord if a/c is not contemplated. Easier to use and stow and replace. Just my .02$ worth.
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Old 06-12-2015, 06:27 PM   #2
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Another possibility, and the path that we're taking:
Have a 25 ft. 30 amp extension cord, that's used in most cases. Amazon price is less than $50. That's much, much cheaper than the "removable" option.

Just plug into the hard-wired cord cap from the trailer. When you need the extra length, pull out as much of the hard-wired cord as necessary.
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Old 06-12-2015, 06:35 PM   #3
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Too clever.
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Another possibility, and the path that we're taking:
Have a 25 ft. 30 amp extension cord, that's used in most cases. Amazon price is less than $50. That's much, much cheaper than the "removable" option.

Just plug into the hard-wired cord cap from the trailer. When you need the extra length, pull out as much of the hard-wired cord as necessary.
Do you mean plugging into the non-removable cord and keeping the non-removable one in the trailer most of the time? We have a 30-amp extension cord but we only use it when our cord is not long enough.
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I have a short 30A extension cord in my trailer I carry for setup in sites where needed. Handy when travelling with friends, and wanting to orient the RVs to face each other. It rarely gets used, as other than the Escape Rally, my trailer is only plugged in while at home. I still haven't done it yet, but I do plan to buy the adapter to be able to use a regular 15A cable with at home. Heck, seeing I don't have A/C, it would probably be better as an extension cord than the spare 30A I carry.

After going with the onboard "Stuff it in, pull it out" cord for 4 years, then converting to the removable cord, of these two options, I would never do anything but the removable, as for me the pros far outweigh the cons. My only regret, is that I never converted it earlier.
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Why is it one can buy a 16/3, 14/3, or 12/3, 15 amp 50' extension cord? Is the 16/3 dangerous or the 12/3 a waste of money?
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Why is it one can buy a 16/3, 14/3, or 12/3, 15 amp 50' extension cord? Is the 16/3 dangerous or the 12/3 a waste of money?
The 16g is fine if the loads are light, and the 12g is better for near full 15A loads at a long distance as the line lose is less.
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I think I'm using a 15' of 16/3 cord that can handle maybe 10 amps. It handles my small heater in the winter as well as the trailer residuals without any issues.
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The 16g is fine if the loads are light, and the 12g is better for near full 15A loads at a long distance as the line lose is less.
Thanks, JimB
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Do you mean plugging into the non-removable cord and keeping the non-removable one in the trailer most of the time? ........
Yup, that's it exactly.
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