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Old 04-22-2016, 07:39 PM   #11
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that guage should be fine just for the charging part to maintain battery .. I use a 100 foot cord that guage to keep the battery up on my car hauler and I have never had a problem
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It is my understanding that the further your are from the power source the heavier gauge wire you need. I would go with the 12ga.
If I shorten the distance to 50ft will a 14ga be ok?
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that guage should be fine just for the charging part to maintain battery .. I use a 100 foot cord that guage to keep the battery up on my car hauler and I have never had a problem
Should I shut the breakers off in the camper for all the appliances? Do I leave the 30amp breaker on?
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Use the 14 ga. as long it is just for maintaining your battery. As I said don't run the A/C or Microwave.
I run 12 ga on 75 ft.
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I would leave the main on but if possible if your worried about the kids turning something else on I would locate and turn them off
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Old 04-22-2016, 08:33 PM   #16
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The geographic distance is irrelevant.
If you have a 100' cord, then the current/energy will travel 100' through that cord.
No matter if there is 50' of the cable coiled up.
It still has to travel the full distance of the extension cord's length.
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Old 04-22-2016, 09:37 PM   #17
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Go minimum 12ga wire for the cord. You have to add the distance from your house panel to the receptacle to the cord length and then the length of your trailer cord when considering voltage drop.

5 amps (600w) load on 14ga only allows a total distance of 134ft before reaching the max 3% voltage drop. With 12ga that increases to 200ft.
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Really this ?? has a real simple answer. "If all your doing is keeping the battery charged", any typical orange extension will do. Just keep it as short as necessary to reach the nearest outlet. If you might use the RV as a temp mancave when family visits then I would go with something heavier than the 16G we use with the weed eater. I have ran my AC while set up in my brother in laws side yard on a visit a couple years ago. I ran the AC pretty much 24/7 on a 14G 50' orange cord. Not recommended but will work fine in a pinch.

I use the White Hawk several times a year when family and grandkids visit the farm. I installed a 30amp CG type outlet on a 5x5 post behind my house where the TT lives when at home. What you need to do should be based on how you intend to use the setup.
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I can go with the 50 ft cord to reach the TT but we will be driving over it daily with our vehicles. Is that an issue? Don't forget here guys that even though my username is Lukenick1 I am female. Lol.
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No, never run over any power cords
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