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Old 10-14-2018, 07:14 PM   #1
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50 Amp RV Power Cord Reel Not Working

I was just packing up my Montana Montana 3720RL and the last thing to do was retract the 50 amp cord. Push rocker switch--nothing. I had to manually roll about 25 ft of the cord back on the reel--no small task in low 40 degree weather at 9PM. We had to leave and the RV that night and it will be towed to a storage site for the winter.

So I couldn't do any trouble shooting of the problem. But I am wondering if anyone has had this experience and what they did to remedy it. I assume there must be a fuse for this but it could be a bad rocker switch, motor, etc.

I believe it is a Shoreline® Low Profile Power Cord Reel, at least that is what the Montana 3720RL site says.

Any guidance will be helpful as I will need to attend to this first thing in the cold April weather next year.

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Old 10-14-2018, 08:02 PM   #2
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I know this will not help you, but I see an electric cord real as another totally unnecessary electronic thing to brake down and cause you grief.
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Old 10-15-2018, 07:55 AM   #3
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My rocker went bad and I replaced it with this one:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Pull yours out first and check to see how many terminals are on the back, this one has 6.
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Old 10-15-2018, 09:18 AM   #4
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I know this will not help you, but I see an electric cord real as another totally unnecessary electronic thing to brake down and cause you grief.
We have the manual cord reel which I think is the greatest invention since the wheel. We agree on the electric version . We had a choice and did not go for the electric version.
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Old 10-15-2018, 10:06 AM   #5
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Like any other electrical gadget - check voltage to the switch. If none, check the wiring and fuse. If wiring to the switch shows ~12VDC, then check the switch and connections to the motor. If they are good, then that motor has some sort of problem. Good luck and please report back what it was so others can understand where to look if they have a similar problem



That reel - nice gadget but takes up way more room then its functionability - but that's only my opinion. My cord plus 30' extension oly take up an 18-20" dia x 5-6" high moveable 'pile' on the basement floor that I can put other items on while traveling
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Old 10-15-2018, 07:33 PM   #6
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Pretty soon you will be able to use your smart phone to remotely roll your cord up from the camp fire with the in-command. LOL
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hopefully the dumbell who designed the location and how the reel is installed was fired. what a pain to access the reel
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Old 07-06-2021, 07:56 AM   #8
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How do you get into your power cord to fix it won’t recoil,what JUNK

My power cord will not retract,how do you get into fix this piece of junk?
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Old 07-06-2021, 12:25 PM   #9
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I have not had any problems with my cord reel - but if you search the forum for "cord reel" you will find several threads about it.

Some have found that the switch is bad and needed replacing.
Some stated they could hear the motor moving but no cord reeling. If this is the case, apparently the drive chain has slipped off the sprocket. Rather than send you to the thread I saw - here is a description for how to access the cord reel to get the chain back on and running...
Also I attached a photo of the cord reel and I think the chain is under the black cover on the right. You should have a Shoreline flyer in your owner documents (I do) but it does not help with any secrets to gaining access. I can't figure out how the thing is mounted inside the compartment. I assume the sheetmetal skirt only houses and covers it up - it must be anchored to the frame somehow.
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Old 08-17-2021, 11:18 AM   #10
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I just had this issue with my power reel this morning on our 2017 3721RL. Sounds from this thread that my issue is with the 'studs' coming out of the reel. A big thank you as always to all those that helped troubleshoot this in the past.
Just to add a little value myself I came across the YouTube video below showing the process to access the power reel. Hope this helps anyone with this issue in the future.

I haven't decided yet if I will try this repair myself or pay a professional.
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Old 08-20-2021, 01:55 PM   #11
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My spool pins someway come out of place thus the motor was running and the spool not turning. I had to pull the total assembly out and disassemble. One big pain. I got the pins back in place and re-assembled and the reel now works again, except it doesn't free spool? Not sure what I missed there? I just use the switch to unroll it for now.
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Old 08-21-2021, 10:00 AM   #12
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I have had one 5th wheel with the electric rewind, it was just another issue waiting to happen. I will not own another one. Just my opinion..

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