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Old 06-19-2014, 04:03 PM   #11
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Another tip is to wipe the cord with a clean rag with silicon spray on it. Lightly coating the cord will help it slip over itself when pushing back in. Using this along with the coiling method will help.
I would think this would pick up dirt and sand while laying on the ground.. no?
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Old 06-19-2014, 07:43 PM   #12
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I typically have a old rag in one hand to wipe it down (and to dry) while feeding it back into the storage area. I always have issues with my hand getting cut up on the little flappy door that wont stay up/open while doing this too. Thing has some sharp edges.
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Easy enough to convert to a twist on shore plug. They sell kits, you can even use the power cord that came with yout trailer. Three advantages, no pulling out, no pushing in, and one less opening for critters. Let's face facts, that cover with the slor for the cord is not the best thing in the world. They should make shore power standard from factory.
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You guys must be camping where it is cool, because after an afternoon of driving in the Texas heat or sitting in the sun, my cord will wind up anyway you want it too. I never uncoil anymore than needed to get to the pedestal. The large gauge cord should not heat up simply by use. If it is getting hot during use, something is wrong.
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You guys must be camping where it is cool, because after an afternoon of driving in the Texas heat or sitting in the sun, my cord will wind up anyway you want it too. I never uncoil anymore than needed to get to the pedestal. The large gauge cord should not heat up simply by use. If it is getting hot during use, something is wrong.
I guess it would depend on the gage. Let's say it's 10gage high strand count wire, I think that's what most 30amp cords are made from. That would be the minimun gage for 30 amps continous use. Coiling will derate the wire because it reduces the surface area for cooling. If it were 8 gage I would agree with you but I would want to know.

My 50 amp cord is 6 gage high strand count wire which is minimun for it's use.
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...place a slight consistent roll on the cord and "coil" it as you insert it into the box. Works for me....

How do you do this when one side is fixed and the other has to go in straight and would uncoil anyway
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Easy enough to convert to a twist on shore plug. They sell kits, you can even use the power cord that came with yout trailer. Three advantages, no pulling out, no pushing in, and one less opening for critters. Let's face facts, that cover with the slor for the cord is not the best thing in the world. They should make shore power standard from factory.

Okay so I found one kit but I do not want to cut the cord. Is there a kit that will accept your plug end (without cutting it) and then plug that int a receptacle on the inside and then on the outside you have your shore power connection?
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Okay so I found one kit but I do not want to cut the cord. Is there a kit that will accept your plug end (without cutting it) and then plug that int a receptacle on the inside and then on the outside you have your shore power connection?
No. Cut the cord just long enough to terminate it into the shore power receptacle that mounts into the RV exterior wall. Install the mating cord cap on the end of the remaining portion that already has the molded 30A plug on the other end. You will still have the same length of cord that your coach came with and you'll eliminate the coiled/wadded up cord inside the compartment.

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How do you do this when one side is fixed and the other has to go in straight and would uncoil anyway
As you push the shore power cord back into the box - work it in a (Clockwise) circular motion pushing the cord toward the top, R, bottom, L (imagine trying to coil up the cord inside the box)

As you push in on the cord - give a light consistent CLOCKWISE twist on the cord as well. This will aid a natural coiling / stacking effect inside the box.

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