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Old 03-29-2016, 03:24 PM   #1
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Is a regular outdoor orange with black stripe extension cord good enough to keep camper plugged in at home? It is also connected to another cord to reach the power outlet. Is this ok? I do have the adapter for it so I can plug the camper power cord into the extension cord.
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I would not run two extensions. A contractor grade 10/3 cord to the camper cord. Depending on the circuit you plug to you will determine what you can run it the camper. Light and fridge should be no issue, A/C or Micro wave maybe to much load.
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Is a regular outdoor orange with black stripe extension cord good enough to keep camper plugged in at home? It is also connected to another cord to reach the power outlet. Is this ok? I do have the adapter for it so I can plug the camper power cord into the extension cord.
Yup, I do it all the time. It's just fine as long as you understand that you need to keep the load to a minimum. After all, it's plugged into a 15- or maybe even a 20-amp circuit. And some of those orange cords may have only 16-ga wire! So don't run the AC, the microwave, the refrigerator and the entertainment center all at once. I keep mine plugged in like that mostly for lights when I go out to do some work on the TT.

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Yup, I do it all the time. It's just fine as long as you understand that you need to keep the load to a minimum. After all, it's plugged into a 15- or maybe even a 20-amp circuit. And some of those orange cords may have only 16-ga wire! So don't run the AC, the microwave, the refrigerator and the entertainment center all at once. I keep mine plugged in like that mostly for lights when I go out to do some work on the TT.

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Thanks.....is there a reason it makes a pop noise when I plug it in?
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A guess something is turned on and the snap is an arc as the cords connect.
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A guess something is turned on and the snap is an arc as the cords connect.
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And it's not a guess. Something is already turned on in your trailer and ready to draw current, hence the arc.
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A guess something is turned on and the snap is an arc as the cords connect.
Is it ok? I don't see anything turned on. I do have my battery hooked up.
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The converter/charger is always on unless you turned the breaker off, hence the pop or arc at the receptacle.
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The charger for the batteries is an instant load when you plug in, and that's a lot of current draw. Plus all the added resistance of the long double extension cord you're using. The refrigerator (unless it's set to propane only) is another draw.

Shut off the main breaker on the power converter, then plug in, then flip the breaker back on. That will save your receptacle from damage.
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Is it ok? I don't see anything turned on. I do have my battery hooked up.
I'm pretty sure your 12v system will charge the battery when it's connected to shore power, which means there's a load ready as soon as you plug in. That's why, when I hook up the electricity at a campground, I always turn the circuit breaker off *before* plugging in.

Right now my battery is sitting in my garage - I hook it up to a trickle charger once a month, and then put it on the trailer about a week before our first trip every year.
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