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Length of mobile charger

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Can someone kindly measure the mobile charging cable from the end of the charger unit to the plug. Thanks
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I'm coming from many years in the RVing world too, and still own 3 campers, us and two of our boys at college on their own RV lots. Our former motorhome was 50amp 240v and our current campers are all 30amp 120v.

This is where the fun begins: when you have a 50amp motorhome, with two roof air conditioners on 20amp breakers for each, a large Inverter/Charger, and all the interior amenities, a microwave especially. We learned over a very short period of traveling that having MANY different adapters and extension cords was key, when a 50amp outlet was not available.

Although, I'll admit that even now I realize that EV charging is different. The main change is that motorhomes don't necessarily pull 50amps on both legs of 240v power at the same time Continuously, or rarely do, if ever, but the mobile EVSE does draw continuously, at least at 30amps. The heat generated in the wiring can certainly be more pronounced and prolonged, and therefore would make one more cautious to the extensive use of 'extension cords' and additional in-line junction boxes and female and male plugs. Of course, there are times when it makes sense, I'll use one at one of my son's camper sites since I won't be able to park close enough for the EVSE cord to reach, but that's not a long-term solution.

I think Ford is smart to use the NEMA 14-50 as the go-to outlet. It is designed for 50amp 240v service, and designed to 6/3AWG wiring, suitable for 50amps of continuous load. While the EVSE will only be close to 30amps on each leg, this gives breathing room for the heat to dissipate easily and never be a concern.
In another situation, I might use an existing 30amp double-pole breaker in a pinch, or for a temporary solution via an existing DRYER outlet. It's also not a long-term thing, though it make work just fine, especially if the outside temps are not already adding to the wiring's own ambient temperature.
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