Is it common to need a long extension?

Discussion in 'Ontario' started by TrailerMomma, Aug 23, 2017.

  1. tfischer

    tfischer Well-Known Member

    Wow. We only camp with hook-ups <50% of the time, but the longest cord we've ever needed was about 15 feet. I've never used the extension that came with the camper.
  2. eoleson1

    eoleson1 Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2011
    Macomb County Michigan
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  3. mpotapa

    mpotapa Member

    Mar 11, 2014
    At my last campsite I ran my 30', 25', and 50' and just had enough. It was crazy had far the electrical post was.
  4. Snow

    Snow Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2007
    Not sure which park it was either Mac or one of the Algonquin parks but I used everything I had, including running the cord under the trailer and straight across the site just to reach.. If we would have parked a foot further to the road side I would have had to gone and bought another cord..
  5. inthedirt

    inthedirt Active Member

    Aug 28, 2012
    SW Montana
    If you are religiously needing that much cable, then the CG likely has lenient generator rules. Might be worth investing in either solar or a genset.
  6. Snow

    Snow Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2007
    Nope.. Gensets ok between hours of something like 930 am until 6pm with a quiet time from 1pm til 3 pm.. I would have to look them up again..

    Beside I can buy a whole bunch of extensions for the cost of a genset..
  7. Halford

    Halford Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2011
    Santa Clarita, California
    wha? I do not even have an extension for 30 amps. Never needed it and never wished for it either. (knock on wood). Now it may be spud on my part at next new campground I never been to. Don't think I am going to Canada anytime soon.
  8. bols2Dawall

    bols2Dawall S.W. Ontario

    May 19, 2010
    Long extensions usually mean large sites
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  9. PointyCamper

    PointyCamper Active Member

    Nov 25, 2015
    HAHAHA HAHA. That would be a sight!
    And I can add a dog crate.
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  10. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

    Oct 15, 2006
    Graceville, Florida
    I keep one in my equipment box but really only needed it once,at Oleno State Park long narrow campsites water was at one end and elec. at the other. I also carry extra an water hose, however if it is needed, then I have it. I also have a 25 ft. 15 amp cord with a 4 way outside type box on the end of it, I use this almost every trip, I run it under the trailer and use it outside for cooking, the portable ice maker , over , or whatever else I need to plug in outside under the awning.
  11. J Starsky

    J Starsky Active Member

    Aug 3, 2017
    I bring a 10 ft and 100ft cord. I did have to brake out the 100ft, as my powerbox had a bad breaker in it. Muni campgrounds, so no fooling they where out 1 hour after reporting it. Could not believe it was that quick.
  12. Halford

    Halford Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2011
    Santa Clarita, California
    If I was staying at a LARGE site, I just park near power source.
  13. Snow

    Snow Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2007
    Hard to do when the power post can be 75ft into the bush like many of our Provincial Parks..
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  14. tfischer

    tfischer Well-Known Member

    That seems kind of silly.
  15. Snow

    Snow Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2007
    Thats how some of our parks are ..
  16. Halford

    Halford Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2011
    Santa Clarita, California
    That is probably one reason why I don't camp in Canada.
  17. Strawhouse

    Strawhouse Active Member

    Oct 4, 2015
    Muskoka, Ontario
    I hope that you won't let the discussion on this thread deter you--and others--from camping in Canada. TrailerMomma, who started this thread, was simply inquiring about the length of power cords needed in Ontario Provincial Parks.

    Both Snow and I--who are both avid and long-time campers from Ontario--were simply trying to answer her question, so that she might be prepared and make the best reservation choices for her and her family. Our responses were based our personal experiences and from information available on the Ontario Parks website.

    Yes, there are instances where long extension cords are needed; however, there are a vast number sites that do not require these, and campers can simply book those sites that best suit their electrical needs.

    Of course, each province and each park has its own unique qualities, characteristics, and challenges. I do hope that you have the opportunity to experience them in your future camping adventures!
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  18. tenttrailer

    tenttrailer Art & Joyce - Columbus, O

    Jul 18, 2013
    Thornville, OH
    Always good to have extra feet. One year it seem 3 out of 4 CS's we came up short. It was nice having extra cord. Some of them it was just a few feet and some we had to run the cord and extra cords in the shortest path or we would not have had enough.
  19. Winchested

    Winchested Member

    Jun 19, 2015
    Unless you're running A/C and or an electric heater or electric water heater you don't really need 30A at all. I only carry a 25' extension and a 100' 15A cord. Only time I had the 15A trip was when I tried to keep our electric oil heater plugged in and run the fridge.

    But if you're the type that has to have A/C you better bring lots of extensions for 30A.

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