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RRinNFla
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I remember seeing a thread about 50A power cords being made with a lighter weight material, but I can’t seem to find it. Is there such a thing and is it safe.
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larry_cad
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Cummins12V98 wrote:
fj12ryder wrote:
C'mon, these 50 amp cords aren't that bad. Unless you have disability problems it's just not that big of a deal. I'm 74 and getting it out of the truck, coiling and uncoiling, and plugging isn't enough to really stress anyone out. Sounds like you guys need to eat a bigger bowl of Wheaties. 🙂


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rhagfo
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Cummins12V98 wrote:
theoldwizard1 wrote:
rhagfo wrote:
Well we built our own with correct ends for 50 amp cable. The cable is 6/4 SOOW electrical cable. It is rubber insulated rather than PVC. Stays flexible even below freezing.
6/4 SOOW cable

There is no need to use SOOW cordage ! It is rated for 600V. SJOOW is rated for 300V. Also rubber insulated.

Depending on the length, you probably only needed 8/4.



My cord is from a temp power box. It's 6/3 & 8/1 for the ground. Mine is "SOW"





While that is true, I got my cable from a fellow forum member for a very good price. That said, I would not step down to a 8 gauge cable as with Cheap heat I draw 20 amps on both legs during winter.
The real killer is that I wasn't sure my 40' cable was going to reach the 30 amp outlet I installed in my daughters garage when we spent last July there. I built a 23' SOOW extension cord, but I easily reached with our 40' cord.
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fj12ryder
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Very close, but it was a Big Chief tablet, we didn't have loose leaf notebooks at that time. 🙂 And a #2 pencil.
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Cummins12V98 wrote:
fj12ryder wrote:
C'mon, these 50 amp cords aren't that bad. Unless you have disability problems it's just not that big of a deal. I'm 74 and getting it out of the truck, coiling and uncoiling, and plugging isn't enough to really stress anyone out. Sounds like you guys need to eat a bigger bowl of Wheaties. 🙂


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Cummins12V98
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theoldwizard1 wrote:
rhagfo wrote:
Well we built our own with correct ends for 50 amp cable. The cable is 6/4 SOOW electrical cable. It is rubber insulated rather than PVC. Stays flexible even below freezing.
6/4 SOOW cable

There is no need to use SOOW cordage ! It is rated for 600V. SJOOW is rated for 300V. Also rubber insulated.

Depending on the length, you probably only needed 8/4.



My cord is from a temp power box. It's 6/3 & 8/1 for the ground. Mine is "SOW"



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Cummins12V98
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fj12ryder wrote:
C'mon, these 50 amp cords aren't that bad. Unless you have disability problems it's just not that big of a deal. I'm 74 and getting it out of the truck, coiling and uncoiling, and plugging isn't enough to really stress anyone out. Sounds like you guys need to eat a bigger bowl of Wheaties. 🙂


The meaning of a "Manyl Man" right there folks!!!
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way2roll
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Cord reel might be helpful. Had one in our previous FW and it was a nice feature. Ours was powered but I am sure hand crank ones are pretty cheap.
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Darryl_Rita
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theoldwizard1 wrote:
rhagfo wrote:
Well we built our own with correct ends for 50 amp cable. The cable is 6/4 SOOW electrical cable. It is rubber insulated rather than PVC. Stays flexible even below freezing.
6/4 SOOW cable

There is no need to use SOOW cordage ! It is rated for 600V. SJOOW is rated for 300V. Also rubber insulated.

Depending on the length, you probably only needed 8/4.

Thus the comments on the weight difference. SOOW is going to be heavier than SOW, and 6/4c heavier than 6/3c 1/8, and even a bigger difference than 8/4c.
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theoldwizard1
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rhagfo wrote:
Well we built our own with correct ends for 50 amp cable. The cable is 6/4 SOOW electrical cable. It is rubber insulated rather than PVC. Stays flexible even below freezing.
6/4 SOOW cable

There is no need to use SOOW cordage ! It is rated for 600V. SJOOW is rated for 300V. Also rubber insulated.

Depending on the length, you probably only needed 8/4.

fj12ryder
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C'mon, these 50 amp cords aren't that bad. Unless you have disability problems it's just not that big of a deal. I'm 74 and getting it out of the truck, coiling and uncoiling, and plugging isn't enough to really stress anyone out. Sounds like you guys need to eat a bigger bowl of Wheaties. 🙂
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BruceMc
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While this thread is regarding full amperage power cords, depending on your expected load and duration, you can use a 15 or 20 amp power cord (14/12 gauge) with adapters for your 30 amp feed which is much easier to deal with than the 10 gauge 30 amp cord.

When we plug in where we don't expect to use the roof air, a 15/20 amp connection is all we need. Indeed, I use a rubber insulated 12 gauge cord which is sufficient and much easier to handle.

For you 50 amp users, lightweight cord options are limited depending on what you have on each 120 volt branch.
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rhagfo
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Cummins12V98 wrote:
50A cord is going to weigh about the same no matter. Buy "SO" cord and add the yellow Camco ends for a nice flexible cord.


Ron, I would say the SOOW is noticeably lighter than the standard PVC insulated 6/4 cord set. It is far more flexible, even below freezing. We full time host, this cable has been in constant use for going on six years, from 100+ degree heat to 15 degree cold. We have packed up several times in freezing temps and no issues getting our 40' cable back into a three gallon bucket along with our 30 to 50 amp dog bone.

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rhagfo
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Well we built our own with correct ends for 50 amp cable. The cable is 6/4 SOOW electrical cable. It is rubber insulated rather than PVC. Stays flexible even below freezing.
6/4 SOOW cable
Russ & Paula the Beagle Belle.
2016 Ram Laramie 3500 Aisin DRW 4X4 Long bed.
2005 Copper Canyon 293 FWSLS, 32' GVWR 12,360#

"Visit and Enjoy Oregon State Parks"

Goostoff
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I dont really think this cord is any lighter than my factory cord but it is way mor flexible and a lot easier to handle. My old cord was like wrestling with an Anaconda and even worse when it got colder out. This new one rolls right up tight

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