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Old 07-17-2011, 10:39 AM   #1
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Power Cord Length

Just curious if anybody knows how long the power cord in my trailer is? It wont reach to the front of my trailer. I would guess it is barely 20 feet. There is a knot in it but i am guessing that my be so it doesn't get pulled out of the panel. I am going to have to get a 30 amp extension cord as I had it go full length once and it came up short last time we were out and had to change down to 15 amp cord.
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:55 AM   #2
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20 feet seems short, but I dont think it is too much longer - maybe 25 feet. You can usually take a flashlight at night and see in the cord hole if there is a knot.

One of the first accessories I got when outfitting my camper was an extension cord. I have used it once I think, but it is good insurance. Also good to carry one in case something happens to your cord and you have to do an emergency replacement.
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Old 07-17-2011, 11:04 AM   #3
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25 rings a bell. I also have a 25' 30 amp extension but have never used it yet other then at home.
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Old 07-17-2011, 03:26 PM   #4
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Power cords come in standard lengths of 25 & 50". If your cord goes into a "mouse hole", then depending on the distance beteeen the inlet and the converter, you'll lose some length there.
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Old 07-17-2011, 03:51 PM   #5
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Both my trailer and daughters trailer develop knots inside the mouse hole from time to time. I can get to mine from inside and unknot it, but my daughter has to take off the mousehole cover to unknot hers. Terrible disign on hers and mine. Mines a Jayco, hers is not.
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Old 07-17-2011, 07:20 PM   #6
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Have a good look at that knot. I ran into the same problem in an older trailer was using. If the mouse hole lets you shove the entire cord and plug into it, you may have reached in the next time you used it and pulled it out accidentally weaving it through itself and then it tightened the knot at around the 20 foot mark. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 07-17-2011, 09:17 PM   #7
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Get a Marinco Cord conversion kit!! Feeding that cord into that mousehole is a JOKE!!!
You can find them for cheaper than this,
http://tweetys.com/detachablepowerco...kit-30amp.aspx
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My trailer has the rear living room design with swivel chairs next to the large rear window. Between the chairs is is a cabinet the power cord goes into. The cord start at the front of my trailer where the panel is and runs about 22 feet to a jb in the lower part of the cabinet. I'm going to to install a 30amp receptacle in the jb and put another male plug on the cord so I can push it through the mouse hole and than plug it into the receptacle . This way I can put a magazine shelf in the top part of the cabinet and have a small door to open for access to the jb. The plug is about 18 dollars and the receptacle about 12.

The second part of the mod will be putting a second run from my panel out the side where all the rest of my services are. I will have to install a heavy duty switch close to my panel so I can send the power to either run. I just can't imagine spending a hundred dollars on the conversion kit. One idea I thought of was using the locking 30amp plugs so if I wanted to get a gen set down the road I would be set to go. I don't see that happening in the near future so I will hold off on that. It will be easy enough to change later.
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:01 PM   #9
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Get a Marinco Cord conversion kit!! Feeding that cord into that mousehole is a JOKE!!!
You can find them for cheaper than this,
http://tweetys.com/detachablepowerco...kit-30amp.aspx
I was looking at that idea, but I would have to store a cord so I might as well get an extension cord.
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:44 PM   #10
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Odd you asked this right now. I believe tonight is the first time we have NOT had to use our extension. Ours is 20' and the extension is longer, at least 25'. And this is our 28th night in the trailer with two more nights to get back home.
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