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Old 10-15-2009, 08:32 AM   #1
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Shore Power Cable question

bought rig used
no cable

once i have the adaptor what SIZE and LENGHT do i need

also need a fairly long one for:
1) pluging in at home
2) pluging in the generator far away ( in YOUR campsite

guage wire?

lenght??

thanx in advance
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Old 10-15-2009, 09:26 AM   #2
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Re: Shore Power Cable question

Why not just make it easy on yourself and visit your local RV supply place and pick one up? They come ready made in several lengths. Make sure to pick up the adapter that will allow you to plug into 30 amp sockets as well as regular sockets.
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Old 10-15-2009, 09:57 AM   #3
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Re: Shore Power Cable question

As CharlyB said... Pre made cable is MUCH cheaper than make-it-yourself. (For some reason)
West Marine sells 50ft. 30 Amp cables (part# 9329897), for (sometimes), as little as $49.99; but usually $79.99. Bulk cable and end fittings are about three times that if you make up your own. Go figure. The adaptor from W.M. (part# 203901) is also $79.99.
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Old 10-15-2009, 10:01 AM   #4
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Re: Shore Power Cable question

is 30 amp enough, i see 50 ampers out there?

i agree w/ ready made

was considering an adaptor and using my existing Heap of extension cords
but a ready made is the deal

now:

30 amp vs 50 amp ??

length, does is matter??

and of course Color !!
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Old 10-15-2009, 10:19 AM   #5
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Re: Shore Power Cable question

Size of cable depends on how many amps you need to draw in your rig.

Our rig uses 15 amps max so a 12 gauge cord is ample for us. We take two 25 foot cables and that has always been enough to plug us in.....99% of the time one cable is enough.
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Old 10-15-2009, 01:35 PM   #6
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Re: Shore Power Cable question

I can't imagine you ever needing 50 amp. Plus the cord would put your rig over gross
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Old 10-15-2009, 01:39 PM   #7
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Re: Shore Power Cable question

The biggest load you have is the roof AC, and it only draws 8 amps at full load. A 15A circuit is all you need. 12Gauge wire.

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Old 10-15-2009, 02:41 PM   #8
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Are there any cheaper sources... RV Junkyard maybe? I'll be looking to pick up a second since I always hate putting the one in the bumper right before leaving home...
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The connector SMB installs is a 30A 125V connector. The mating connector is not cheap ~$35 at McMaster-Carr. Otherwise, I'd suggest you buy the connector and mate it to any old extension cord.

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Old 10-15-2009, 05:23 PM   #10
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Re: Shore Power Cable question

My RV Interior / Systems / Builder Guru picked up an adaptor and cord at Loews

will ck stats

thanx for all the input

bw

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i think i might need 100 feet to get my generator in YOUR campsite
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