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Agree with everyone else. Just buy a heavy extension cord that you can use again. Romex is stiff and not ideal to deal with for something like this and cost as much as the cord.
Also if by chance there is only a 15 amp breaker in the panel change it to a 20 amp.

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Just get a standard 50' extension with #12 wire from HD/Lowes/Ace and enjoy your RV.
Set the fridge and water heater on propane.
Any use of the hairdryer, microwave, heatpump could trip the house breaker. Especially on a shared circuit.
Furnace, lights or small tv should not present any issues.


That is what I would do.

If you do decide to make your own, don't use Romex. Use SO or SOJ cable.


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Also if by chance there is only a 15 amp breaker in the panel change it to a 20 amp.


DO NOT do this. The only reason there would be a 15A breaker in the panel is that the house wiring connected to it is 14 gauge wiring, and "upgrading" to a 20A breaker would be contrary to the electric code and arguably a fire hazard.





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The first 50’ is already going to be large wire, 50 amp cord plus 30 amp cord. Only the last 50’ will be the smaller cord. So, while 10 ga would be slightly better, 12 ga would work. Unless you just want a heavier cord.

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Lowes. Home Depot. Mennard's and some smaller hardware stores have 12/3 extension cords with 15 amp plugs and outlets (why they don't do a 20 I don't know) Even found one at Ollie's (Great Stuff Cheap)

My favorite I got at either Sears or K-Mart (but they are getting hard to find) this one has a push button on the outlet end. it grabs hold of the dogbone's plug and holds it in tight so it does not accidentally come out.

They come in assorted lenghts.

BUT.. when I was having my engine replaced I used this cord (100') to power just my converter. NOTHING ELSE in fact the converter is a plug in unit.. draws about 10 amps at max draw.. the Mechanic reported the plug end of the cord was a tad warm. not hot. just noticeably warmer than the surround. And so it was.

and like I said that was 10 amp max. if I needed more I fired up Mr. Onan.


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DrewE wrote:

down home wrote:


Also if by chance there is only a 15 amp breaker in the panel change it to a 20 amp.


DO NOT do this. The only reason there would be a 15A breaker in the panel is that the house wiring connected to it is 14 gauge wiring, and "upgrading" to a 20A breaker would be contrary to the electric code and arguably a fire hazard.

Who has a code allowing 14 gauge wire? You couldn't run but one plug in on it.
Our last home built in 1970 had 10 gauge solid wiring.

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Find a local CG or state park and plug in as usual and use everything you need to be comfortable. Commute to the house.


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down home wrote:

DrewE wrote:

down home wrote:


Also if by chance there is only a 15 amp breaker in the panel change it to a 20 amp.


DO NOT do this. The only reason there would be a 15A breaker in the panel is that the house wiring connected to it is 14 gauge wiring, and "upgrading" to a 20A breaker would be contrary to the electric code and arguably a fire hazard.

Who has a code allowing 14 gauge wire? You couldn't run but one plug in on it.
Our last home built in 1970 had 10 gauge solid wiring.
My house has one 15A CB with 8 plugs on it and a lot of 14ga wire all to code, built in 2006.

When the saw wouldn't cut a 2x4 I thought there was a problem. Nope no problem. Fortunately the garage has a dedicated 20A plug.


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We adopted the Southern Standard Building Code s many years ago I have forgotten but it was 10 gauge, Romex and so on. Right after that the new International (garbage) building code was forced on everyone. I don't really know all that was in it. however our new home built in 2007-2008 has ten gauge wiring to all plugs and switches. I know because they used the cheapest Chinese switches available in 2008 from Lowes. I've had to replace two so far and I'm not as stout as I use to be. Our LEO came by and twisted those stiff wires around for me in that small box.
If I was to buy another new home it would be a custom builder using the old codes.Not the International Building code for cardboard and particle board houses made to last until the mortgage is paid off.

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down home wrote:

DrewE wrote:

down home wrote:


Also if by chance there is only a 15 amp breaker in the panel change it to a 20 amp.


DO NOT do this. The only reason there would be a 15A breaker in the panel is that the house wiring connected to it is 14 gauge wiring, and "upgrading" to a 20A breaker would be contrary to the electric code and arguably a fire hazard.

Who has a code allowing 14 gauge wire? You couldn't run but one plug in on it.
Our last home built in 1970 had 10 gauge solid wiring.


The National Electric Code permits 14 gauge wire (for 15A circuits), and several outlets on those circuits, for some areas of the house. 20A circuits seem to be a little more common around here (with 12 gauge wire), particularly for new construction, but by no means universal.

I had not previously heard of houses with 10 gauge wire being generally used for convenience outlets. That would be very rare indeed around these parts; the only time I can think of it being likely would be where there is a very long wire run to the circuit, say perhaps to supply a shed that's clear across the back yard.

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