Shore Power Cable Trick

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  1. PopUpSteve

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    Here's a little trick to keep you from damaging your shore power cable. Start to Extend the cable from the outside, then go inside and push the cable out to the point that all is deployed except for a little remaining inside. Wrap a few inches in red duct tape. Now you have a visual que as to when to stop pulling out cable from the outside. The point being you don't want to pull on the cable, stressing the connections to the electrical system.
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    I simply installed a park power socket instead. One of the best things I did for mine. The cubby for mine was small and behind the bulkhead anyway, and I needed to replace the door and port as the vanes had all broken off. Perfect excuse to do the swap, and now I just coil up the cord and lay it on top of the gear in the front trunk.
     
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    I also added a strain relief by bolting down the cord leaving slack to the convertor.
     
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    With multiple 30 amp extensions I rarely pull all the on-board cord out all the way even when within 20ft of the power post.
     
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    Good idea. Luckily only once did I wish I had an extension as the cord was pulling a little too much to my liking. Campground put the power right onto a nearby tree vrs a wooden post beside the campsite.
     
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    yeah, so that's one thing i noticed at one CG - the almost random - and inconvenient - positioning of the power. some were put it so that you could be closer to the fire ring, table, etc..., but some were so far away that it would be impossible to enjoy those amenities comfortably. Like the power installers were simply instructed to put a power mast/pylon(? what do you call those things anyway) anywhere on the site. [::)]
     
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    The power pedestal location is determined by where the trench comes through the site at.
     
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    ...and the trench seems to be almost randomly located.
     
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    Shortest distance to do the job, minimal cable usage. It's expensive cable. They are trying to avoid water lines, also.
     
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    thank you - i apologize for not being clearer.
    IF I was going to set up a campground then i would give some thought to where I had the power pedestals put. And if water lines had to go in before power lines, i would have put some thought to where the water lines were put.

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    Well, if you like the power pedestal right next to the street-side of the camper, don't go to Canada!
     
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    There are few places with the power post right beside the roadside side... not many but a few... You should try the more Northern Parks Steve... I have used 125ft of power cable more then 1 time (1x50ft , 2x25ft plus 25ft of the 30ft trailer cord, all 30amp)..
     
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    That rally I came to a few years back had it in the center of the inner side of the loop so it serviced everyon on the inner loop.
     
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    If that was the "mud bowl" Ontario Summer Rally, that post would have serviced your site and one of the sites beside you.. I'd have to go back and look at the site pictures to say which one for certain..
     
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    It was the one at Emily Provincial Park.
     
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    Yup thats the one.. that post would have supplied 2 sites..
     
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    I saw 4 paths going to the post from 4 campsites. But this is why I carry a 50' orange extension cord and plug adapters. :grin:
     
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    It could have served 4 sites, being in a circle loop. Usually they service 2 sites, sometimes you get lucky and you have the post for 1 site.
     
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    Like my vacuum. Brilliant!
     

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