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Old 05-15-2018, 07:21 AM   #1
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Extrension Cord from 50A to house outlet - 18 JF 32BHDS

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We have our first trip planned for Friday and we were trying to plug our 50A shoreline cord (w/15A dog bone) in to our house but the chord wont reach. Can I use an extension chord without damaging anything? Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-15-2018, 07:27 AM   #2
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Yes you can use an extension cord from the dogbone to your house. I myself have a 10ga 50' extension cord for that express purpose. I went with 10ga to ensure there is little voltage drop and if the outlet you are plugged into has a higher rated breaker you might also be able to run the AC for short periods of time if needed.
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Thanks for the quick response. I’m not sure what gage this extentenion chord is. It says 16/3? Is that ok to use?
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Not recommended, buy a 10 ga for your RV (Pay me now or pay me later by damage)
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Thanks for the quick response. Im not sure what gage this extentenion chord is. It says 16/3? Is that ok to use?
That means it's a 16 gauge wire. 50 amp service requires much heavier cable, 10 gauge or more (lower numbers are thicker cable). Not only that, but your house wiring requires 12 gauge for 20-amp service, or 14-gauge for 15 amp service. An 16 gauge extension cord (chords are for music, not electricity) plugged into a home outlet in order to supply your RV will be overloaded and could easily overheat, potentially causing a fire, without blowing the circuit breakers that protect the circuit.

For safety's sake you should use an extension cord with at least 12 gauge wire. 16 gauge creates a very unsafe situation.

Good luck!

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Thanks everyone for the help! Much appreciated. This is no kidding one of the most useful forums I’ve ever been a part of...especially for a newbie. Thanks again.
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Ideally use as short of an extension cord as possible, and as heavy as possible.

With that said, I use a 25 foot 16 gauge extension cord for many years, without issues. I only keep the battery charged, run the frig lights as needed. We never turn on any other equipment.
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:00 PM   #8
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I bought a 50a to 20a dogbone and then run my extension cord into the garage. It’s much easier to handle than the 50a cable and a 50a extension. I have the twist on power cord.
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Just fyi that Camping World has the short adapter from 50A to 110 15A plug on clearance for 22 or 27 bucks last weekend.

Bought one and made myself a exact lenth 12ga extension cord. I am lucky I have an outlet close to the corner where my RV connection is.
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Thanks for the heads uo
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