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sele
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We just bought a new2019 Coachmen chaparral 285RLS. The power cord is detachable and can be stored in the pass through compartment. We are wondering what everybody is using for some type of either container or cord reel.

Thanks for all the help.
scott
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tartan_camper
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I bought a manual air hose reel from Harbor Freight ($20.00), mounted it to a piece of 1 x 6 lumber and roll my BIG 50A cord on it, then store it inside the basement. I have a couple of small bungee cords that hold the end of the cord in place while I roll it up. A lot cheaper than an electric reel and it works very well.

https://www.harborfreight.com/search?q=hose%20reel
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ford truck guy wrote:
Cummins12V98 wrote:
I simply push up or down on my rocker switch to extend or retrieve my factory built in SO cord. I also have a separate one as pictured if needed that coils into a small circle that fits into whatever nook or cranny available.


I am jealous Ron, After five years of having the electric cord reel the new Redwood does not have one. The folks in engineering simply said there was nowhere in the back end of the trailer to place one, so I’m back to the anaconda ....

I still have all of the information that you have posted over the years about making your own flexible cord, that’s on my short to do list

It is a great improvement, we currently full time, BUT we also vacation without the RV. We do like Cruising, so we need to store 5er for a time with everything stored in it.
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Cummins12V98 wrote:
I simply push up or down on my rocker switch to extend or retrieve my factory built in SO cord. I also have a separate one as pictured if needed that coils into a small circle that fits into whatever nook or cranny available.


I am jealous Ron, After five years of having the electric cord reel the new Redwood does not have one. The folks in engineering simply said there was nowhere in the back end of the trailer to place one, so I’m back to the anaconda ....

I still have all of the information that you have posted over the years about making your own flexible cord, that’s on my short to do list
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Cummins12V98
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I simply push up or down on my rocker switch to extend or retrieve my factory built in SO cord. I also have a separate one as pictured if needed that coils into a small circle that fits into whatever nook or cranny available.
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ChuckV1
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We have a easy spool-er made by MorRyde, best investment I ever made 🙂

http://www.morryde.com/products/118-easy-reel-spooler tall?return=%2Fproducts

jaycocamprs
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Learjet wrote:
I grab one end of the cord....then the other...drag those to the storage and place the ends in the compartment first...then pile the rest on top. Always the last in and first out. Works for me 🙂

I take the post end with the EMS-PT50 attached and make about 4 large coils on top of the other stuff. Wipe or dry as I coil. Last in first out!
We also now have a cord with a 45 degree angle on the trailer end plug.
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Lantley
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Learjet wrote:
I grab one end of the cord....then the other...drag those to the storage and place the ends in the compartment first...then pile the rest on top. Always the last in and first out. Works for me 🙂

Funny but that is basically what I do. I just put the cord in last on top of everything else. No need to coil it or spool it or put in a bucket! It's not that complicated.
Just toss it on top at the end of a trip and pull it out 1st at the beginning of a trip
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Learjet
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I grab one end of the cord....then the other...drag those to the storage and place the ends in the compartment first...then pile the rest on top. Always the last in and first out. Works for me 🙂
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rhagfo
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RollandB wrote:
I have a 50 amp SO cord I easily for iinto a milk crate along with adapters and other things occasionally needed for connecting power. On top of those are wheel chocks that goes down first.


Thanks Again!
Russ
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RollandB
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I have a 50 amp SO cord I easily for iinto a milk crate along with adapters and other things occasionally needed for connecting power. On top of those are wheel chocks that goes down first.
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Cummins12V98
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Just an example off of AMAZON

50' 6/4 SOOW Wire Cord Cable Portable Power 6 Gauge 4 Conductor $165.94 Free Shipping
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rhagfo
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Me Again wrote:
I like the 50 amp power reel on our Bighorn. Our little guy Laredo has 50 amp power and the cable is a pain. I have been thinking about removing the power reel on the Bighorn and installing on the Laredo now the Bighorn is permanently parked.

Chris


Hey Chris, you might talk to Ron, he could likely set you up with some SOOW cable.
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Me_Again
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I like the 50 amp power reel on our Bighorn. Our little guy Laredo has 50 amp power and the cable is a pain. I have been thinking about removing the power reel on the Bighorn and installing on the Laredo now the Bighorn is permanently parked.

Chris
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Wanderer26
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Where do you get these SOOW 50 amp cables

DavinD
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Anyone sell SOOW pre-made cables or do you have to make them yourself?
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