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Old 04-22-2016, 05:26 PM   #1
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What size extension cord for home?

Thought my camper was broke but discovered it was my extension cord. Phew. What do I need? 16 gauge? Just plugging in at home to keep battery charged, lights, etc.
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I would go with a 12 gauge if I was buying one, but use a 10 gauge because I have it.
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Get an extension cord rated for the same amperage as your trailer. That way when you need a longer cord at the campground you have one.
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Get an extension cord rated for the same amperage as your trailer. That way when you need a longer cord at the campground you have one.
Can I plug that into a regular outlet in my garage though?
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Can I use a 16 or 14 gauge?
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Check your breaker 15amp 14ga wire. or 20amp then 12ga.wire. You can use a 12gauge wire with a 15amp breaker and you should be safe. I would use a extension cord that was 12ga. , just my opinion
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I got a 14 gauge because I needed 100ft and they are so expensive. I shut the breakers in the camper off for the a/c and water heater is that ok? Don't want my son going in there and trying to turn those on and ruining something.
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Lukenick1; I wouldn't use less than 12 ga on 100 ft. And don't use heavy power user like A/C and Microwave. There would be to much voltage drop.
There's a saying; Pay me now or pay me later. So better invest in a proper extension cord.
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Lukenick1; I wouldn't use less than 12 ga on 100 ft. And don't use heavy power user like A/C and Microwave. There would be to much voltage drop.
There's a saying; Pay me now or pay me later. So better invest in a proper extension cord.
I am only keeping it plugged in so the battery doesn't die while it waits for the next trip. I suppose I could probably drop to a 50 ft if I move the camper closer to the house.
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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.
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