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Old 12-09-2018, 06:00 PM   #1
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RV 30 amp power cord

While parked in my backyard, I like to leave my RV plugged into shore power. This is very visible to anyone passing by in the alley. My neighbour suggested I drive onto the 30 amp power cord to make it difficult to steal while plugged in. Will this damage my cord? I am parked on earth (vs pavement or asphalt) the ground is somewhat soft.
Seems senseless to ruin my cord to keep someone from stealing it;-) Nancy
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Old 12-09-2018, 06:26 PM   #2
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If you are concerned about it you could dig a narrow trench in the ground and cover it with a small piece of plywood before driving over it.
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Old 12-09-2018, 06:30 PM   #3
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It won't hurt the cord at all. Even on asphalt. So long as you don't use the front tire and grind it by steering.
It's really a great anti-theft idea...
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Old 12-09-2018, 06:34 PM   #4
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Yeah shouldn't hurt it at all.

That is a common tactic used by EV drivers when publicly charging with the included with the car 120V charger--or run the cord through/under the hood.
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Old 12-09-2018, 08:54 PM   #5
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Those shore line cords are prettty tough. I doubt if you will hurt it
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Old 12-09-2018, 09:36 PM   #6
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The chords are not meant to be squashed. After a while the cover hardens. You have a chance of breaking the individual strands of the electric cable. This causes the power to travel over fewer stands. This will mean a higher resistance at the break point. The result is heat that can melt the cover.

I'd dig the trench as suggested.
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Old 12-09-2018, 09:46 PM   #7
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Also, consider placing some cap blocks under the tires. Raw earth and grass will dry rot tires quicker than a cat can kill a rat.
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Old 12-09-2018, 10:50 PM   #8
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I wouldn't do it.

But that's just me!
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Old 12-10-2018, 03:48 PM   #9
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I wouldn't do it, even though I have little doubt about doing it a few times not harming it...
instead, I think I would use a standard 20 Amp outdoor extension cord, pulled inside the rig's power cable locker so it's not too easy to disconnect. Would be fine I think to charge and run a few lights...even to preschool the fridge, etc... just not micro and AC at the same time.
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I might suggest some stronger security measures...

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Old 12-23-2018, 01:37 PM   #11
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Use one of these and an extension cord.


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LDJZPP6...v_ov_lig_dp_it

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Old 12-23-2018, 02:06 PM   #12
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Use one of these and an extension cord.


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LDJZPP6...v_ov_lig_dp_it

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Old 12-23-2018, 02:40 PM   #13
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The chords are not meant to be squashed. After a while the cover hardens. You have a chance of breaking the individual strands of the electric cable. This causes the power to travel over fewer stands. This will mean a higher resistance at the break point. The result is heat that can melt the cover.

I'd dig the trench as suggested.
Agree, driving on cords will do long term damage and create a potential fire hazard.

I recommend finding a tree, bumper or any object with no sharp edges to wrap cord around and then secure a paddle lock around both pieces of extension cord.
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Old 12-23-2018, 02:52 PM   #14
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With all the problems your having with the cord why not install a small solar panel.
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