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Old 01-27-2011, 11:07 AM   #1
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Here's another new guy question

In campgrounds, how much electric cord and dump tank hose do you need?

The trailer has 25 foot of electrical cord and our Rhino waste tank line is 15 feet long.

Should we or do we need an extension cord for the lectrical and additional hose length for the waste tank?

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Old 01-27-2011, 11:47 AM   #2
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From my experience camping, what you have should be ok. Usually, you are parked close enough to the power source to reach it. Likewise, when dumping you can usually get close.
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Old 01-27-2011, 12:32 PM   #3
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It's better to be safe than sorry. I always carry 2 -25' 30amp cords and 2- 20' sewer hoses. alot of the time they don't get used but I got them if I need them or if one of my campin buddies need one.
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:23 PM   #4
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I own an extra 25' 30 amp cord and extra sewer hose but have never needed them. But I have read on some CG websites that longer power cords are necessary in some sites. You may never need one but then again you just might. I suppose if going to new places you`ve never been it would be a good idea to have em just in case along with an extra fresh water hose. -Lee
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:39 PM   #5
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I would suggest carrying just one 25' elec entension cord. Personally I don't think you'd need an extra hose as your 15' should be sufficient to reach when you're at the dump station.
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Old 01-27-2011, 06:57 PM   #6
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I carry a 20' and 10' sewer hose, a 25' 30A extension (in case the 25' attached to the TT doesn't reach), a 100' 20A extension, a 50' and 25' potable water hose and 50' of garden hose.

I've used the total length of one or more of these (potable water hose, sewer hose and 30A extension) at one time or another and encountered hookups in such awful locations that it would make you think were added as an afterthought or installed by someone with absolutely no knowledge of where utilities should be placed in relationship to where the RV will be parked. My sewer, cable TV and electric is at the rear of the TT and the city hookup is in the front; all on the left (driver's side). Yet, I've had campsites where one or more of the utilities were on the right side.

And, if your slideout(s) will be next to the utilities stand (or any trees too!), make sure you leave enough space so you can open them. I need 33" clearance for mine and I've gone out with a measuring tape to ensure there's sufficient space if it looks close. There's nothing worse than getting yourself all setup- unhooked from the TV, leveled, wheels chocked, stabilizer jacks set, utilities hooked up... and then go inside to open up the slideout(s) only to find out that... you need another two inches to keep from hitting something with the slide.
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Old 01-27-2011, 07:10 PM   #7
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Good suggestions...

I think I'm going to write down a few specs about my TT and keep them handy in the TT. Matter of fact we are creating a folder to keep notes and other things for this purpose...

Just another thing to add to the list of goodies...
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Good suggestions...

I think I'm going to write down a few specs about my TT and keep them handy in the TT. Matter of fact we are creating a folder to keep notes and other things for this purpose...

Just another thing to add to the list of goodies...
Good advice! Another item I keep in the back of the truck are a couple of 2 x 6 in. boards that are 5 ft long which i use to level the camper. I just pull the camper up on one of them and check for level. If that doesn't do enough, then I add the other one.
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One thing I have done that helps in the "Specs" department is to take pictures of the manufacturer's information labels on the outside and inside (usually found on the inside of a cabinet door) of the RV. I also take close-up pictures of the of the load center (fuses, circuit breakers, converter, etc). Because I store my TT 50 miles away in a limestone mine for the winter, the pictures can be quite helpful.
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Old 02-08-2011, 09:07 AM   #10
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The literature said my trailer has a 30' cord (maybe 25'- I can barely remember my own name sometimes), but I can only get about 15' to come out and that's one thing I'm not going to pull hard on.

I have a 30' extension cord I use a lot. I'd rather the cord drop straight down from the trailer, run comfortably on the ground to the power pole, then straight up to the outlet, so there's no drooping wires for people (aka "me") to trip over.

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