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Old 07-16-2015, 12:01 PM   #1
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Extension cord?

I'm having an electrician run a 50 amp plug in beside my panel in the garage. It sits towards the back of the garage so for my to plug my Precept in will require an extension cord. Due to driveway configuration it works best for me to pull into the drive forward thus placing the cord further away from the planned plug-in. Anyone have thoughts on how far is too far to extend the cord? I'll have to measure for accuracy but I think it shouldn't be longer than 15-20' extension to already existing cord.
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Old 07-16-2015, 01:00 PM   #2
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15 to 20 extra feet of cord probably won't be an issue.


But, there are many other possible problems.


- Your maximum load will be reduced by up to 5A.
- You now have another connection in the circuit that will have to be protected and monitored for damage over the years.


As long as you are having the work done professionally, why not have the socket mounted closer to where you are parking the RV?
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Thanks, Mike! I plan to have him price both by the breaker panel (cheapest option of course) versus extending it to the front of the garage. I was just thinking ahead that if an extension cord isn't an issue and they appear to be priced less than $100 that that may be the way to go.
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From a safety and long-term annoyance standpoint, spend the extra bucks to put a good, solid, no-questions-asked 50A socket right where you need it.


The extension cord thing gets tiring after the 2nd year.
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Having an outlet near the door would be my first choice too.
That said, I'd say a 50A extension would be on my "must have" list for camping. I never had to use the extension I bought for the 23B but have had to use the 50A extension I got for the 5th. They're unnecessary until your primary cord is 6" too short, then they earn their keep real quick.
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Old 07-16-2015, 03:05 PM   #6
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...snip... [Extensions are] unnecessary until your primary cord is 6" too short, then they earn their keep real quick.
True. Very true.

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But the discussion here is about modifying the house.

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I would have the electrician put it close enough to the rig that no extension cord would be needed. After all that is the only reason it is there.
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If you look at the breakers on the GENY they are only 30 amp and the GENY will run the entire coach with no problem. The reason JAYCO and other manufacturers use 50 amp cords on the smaller coaches is there are no 30 amp or 40 amp dual leg RV plugs. So running an extension cord is never an issue for the smaller class "A"s or Super "C"s.

I made up several 8/4 cords using the standard 50 twist lock and plug when we had the SENECA since the standard 50 amp cord was just too heavy and cumbersome and was stiffer than an honeymoon you know what. Never had an issue with under voltage or overheating.
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AugerN - Would be interested to know what the electrician will charge to install. I'm considering doing the same and have no idea what the pricing should/could be. Thanks!
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I don't think you will have any issues with a 15 - 20" extension cord of proper size. Of course a plug closer to your rig is best...but an extension cord or a run from the box is basically the same wire size.. no real difference.
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