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Old 06-28-2018, 07:28 PM   #21
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i do not get it.
a extenson cord can have loss?
but hard wall wire does not?
or am i missing something here?
All wire, including the wire in your house, has some amount of inherent resistance. And that resistance does cause some voltage drop proportional to the current flowing thru it. Done correctly, wire is sized so that the resistance (and therefore the voltage drop) is minimal for the amount of current that particular wire is expected to carry. The larger the wire the less the resistance and the less voltage drop for a defined current over the length of that wire.
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Old 06-30-2018, 02:32 PM   #22
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50 Amp Plug

Yes, the 50 amp cords are heavy. I have camped a few times where my cord does not reach the pedestal. Instead of an extension cord, I added another 50 amp receptacle close to the service centre where the feed from the factory receptacle at the rear of the trailer ends up (at the service panel). I used #8 wire, heavy enough for 50 amps and tied into the existing cable going to the service panel. I only needed a few feet of wire. To avoid the rear being hot when plugged into the side receptacle, you might want to use a transfer switch.

Now I can plug into the back or the trailer or the side of the trailer with no need for an extension cord. I use my installed side receptacle most of the time as the pedestals are usually near the centre of the campsite. It has been very convenient.

I don't know why Keystone, and other mfg, put the power receptacle at the rear of the trailer, then run a long heavy cable in the trailer belly to the front/centre of the trailer where the service panel often is located. I'm convinced the designers of trailers have never gone RV-ing!
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Old 06-30-2018, 06:36 PM   #23
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We just got home from the trip that I thought I might need on. I took a chance and did not purchase one and had little to spare. It was close but we had some options.
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Old 06-30-2018, 07:10 PM   #24
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We have only been in one RV park where we actually NEEDED an extension cord. Several where an xtra 4-5 feet would have been nice. But was able to move forward enough to manage. But that one I could not move that far. Fortunately a park employee saw my problem and loaned me his. Bought one as soon as we returned home.
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Old 06-30-2018, 07:20 PM   #25
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not sure if i bought a montana or not?
dealer fin guy says bank wants 3K more cash down.

but if i have. i will buy a extra 15 footer.
i tend to boondock. but i also am a parts/tools junky.
but as night hawk posted that sounds like a very good deal.
a second plug in at mid point on the rv.
might be cheaper than a second cord. and save some weight.
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Old 06-30-2018, 07:53 PM   #26
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There is always loss when you run electricity through a line.
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Old 07-01-2018, 05:13 PM   #27
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I don't know why Keystone, and other mfg, put the power receptacle at the rear of the trailer, then run a long heavy cable in the trailer belly to the front/centre of the trailer where the service panel often is located. I'm convinced the designers of trailers have never gone RV-ing!
The only 5r I've seen with the power plug at the rear was a 3 year old Cardinal by Forest River. My experience is rather limited (shopped for 10 months - owned for 8). Our 2018 Montana has the plug just aft of the axles port side (slightly south of middle).
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