Mains Hook-up Cable

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  1. Tweedie

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    A silly question - The 25m mains hook up cable that was supplied with our new motorhome is very stiff to handle it's like wrestling with a snake!! when trying to pack it away and it just seems stay kinked, it is rated 16 amp & 2.5mm core which I assume is the norm. Was just wondering if all mains hook ups are the same, will it get more plyable with use. Also would keeping it on a storage reel make it easier to handle. Thanks for advice in advance (y)
     
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    A cable reel would make it easier.

    It probably will soften a bit with time but for now when you pack it away, if you haven't got a reel, coil it in loose coils trying to make sure it isn't twisted as you go.
     
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    They do become more pliable after use so be patient. Not recommended to keep the cable coiled, on or off a drum when in use, particularly at this time of year when high consumption items are used (heating, hot water heaters and kettles) There will be those on here who say it does not matter but perhaps they are not the ones who have seen coiled cables melt or worse vans going up in smoke. :smiley:
     
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    I will second that. What ever you do uncoil the whole cable by lying it on the ground in long lines if need be. image.jpg
     
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    Another vote Artic cable.
     
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    I recognise that scenario. When the weather gets colder that happens to my cable too. I always fully unwind it when on hook up and I have tried using a cable spool, but found that makes things even worse (it is only a cold weather problem in my experience, never happens when warm).
    So now I never use the cable spool, I do what we were taught to do when coiling climbing ropes back in the 60s; hold one end at arms length in your left hand and take a hold of the cable about six feet down in your other. Then swing your arms outwards and as your arms come back together, transfer the cable from your right hand to your left. Keep on until you've coiled the whole lot. You will end up with a neat coil about two feet or so long, and it is good exercise for your arms, best of all it won't kink. Gary
     
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    After eight years, my orange cable is still stiff and awkward to coil. If I ever have to buy another I will look for Arctic cable but since we don't use the hook-up cable that often, this is unlikely to be any time soon.
     
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    Cable (any) remembers the first time it was coiled after manufacture. If you work with, rather than ignoring, its natural tendency to go back as it was it will ensure that it stays unkinked forever
     
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    I find that if you use a reel it will wind up better and unwind without kinks if you alternate the end from which you start winding/unwinding by moving the reel to the other end of the cable when on site .
     
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    A cable in large, loose coils is fine....no need to lay it out in lines as any heat produced will easily dissipate..

    A cable tightly wound or on a drum will overheat and possibly melt due to the heat produced having no way of dissipating and getting hotter and hotter.
     
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    Thanks all. very helpful funster advice as usual.
     
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    ive found a cable that doesnt coil properly never will better to bin it and get a new one now saves years of grief
    stick the old one on ebay let someone else have the problem
     
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    also i thought 1.5mm cable was enough to cope with a 16amp supply or does the length make a difference?
     
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    In theory.

     
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    Length will also make a difference - longer the cable, higher the volt drop.
    16A through a 25m cable in free air is right at the top end limit for 1.5mm cable. Recommend using 2.5mm
     
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    Why try and coil it? I simply wrap it around my elbow and thumb just like mi mam's washing line. Amazingly, mine naturally forms a figure of eight.
     
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    We are on our second cable already ! The problem being my OH is cuddy-wifted! Yes left handed , he always winds it the wrong way once it's been used so it coils and kinks every time we use it! Have tried telling him!! And done it myself but as @tonyidle says it tries to find its own way back!
     
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    Ah, well you do it your way and I'll do it mine thank you.
     
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