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Old 10-26-2015, 08:13 PM   #1
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Yes...I drilled a hole in the rear of my camper

Our Eagle is a rear living model with a table/cabinet located between the 2 chairs that houses the city water inlet and pull out power cord storage. First, I wanted to do a detachable power cord mod, and secondly in the same area, install a 15amp auxiliary power inlet to run things like a second ceramic heater straight off the pedestal. I e-mailed Jayco for the rear wall schematics and had them in 2 days. Great customer service from Allen. There was already an outlet on the left side of the table for the lamp. I cut down the divider and relocated the existing power cord electrical box for more room. After removing the table top, I cut it 3" from the wall and then hinged it for easy access with the 3'' part securely fastened to the wall and the main table top has out of sight hinges to hold it down. All products are from Marinco. The newer detachable power cords are twist 'n' lock and the main lock ring is no longer a screw on to avoid cross threading as it too twist locks in it's own channel for a secure fit. Total price for mods was around $150 and that includes a 1&7/8 hole saw and a roll of Dicor butyl tape which I found to be more effective than the gaskets supplied with the power cord assembly.Click image for larger version

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Old 10-26-2015, 08:28 PM   #2
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I Like It.
Nice Job.
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Old 10-26-2015, 09:04 PM   #3
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Nicely done. Very clean mod.
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Old 10-26-2015, 09:08 PM   #4
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Looks great, I want to do the detachable power cord but just haven't gotten to it yet.
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I like what you've done for a new power source for your heater. I'll be thinking about your install all night and see how I can install one on mine. On second thought even thou it's raining I'm going out now and take a look. Thanks for sharing that great idea.
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:30 AM   #6
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Has anyone done this mod on a aluminum sided TT?
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That looks very neat. However, in my HT 26.5 RLS, the table between the chairs also has the water pump so there is not near as much "clean" space as what you are showing. I am interested in the detachable power cord. Is there a kit that can be used or does a person just have to "cut and splice" to get this done? I have had a couple of times where the cords got so tangled up that I had to take off the plate to be able to reach in and get it un-tangled.
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Old 10-27-2015, 01:27 PM   #8
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I am interested in the detachable power cord. Is there a kit that can be used or does a person just have to "cut and splice" to get this done? I have had a couple of times where the cords got so tangled up that I had to take off the plate to be able to reach in and get it un-tangled.
Here's the kit I used for the power cord. It comes with adapter plates if needed, which I did. Here's the receptacle for the 15 amp aux power inlet. You don't use all the stuff you get with the conversion kit. Pull the cord out all the way and cut it leaving about a foot to work with. Inside access is not needed for this mod as everything can be done outside. I needed inside access to wire up my 15 amp aux power inlet. Amazon has all this as well.
Marinco Parkpower Detachable Power Cord Conversion Kit 30 Amp RV camper 30ARVKIT | eBay
Parkpower on Board Charger Inlet 15 Amp 150BBIW RV | eBay
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Has anyone done this mod on a aluminum sided TT?
If you're talking about the power cord conversion, I've seen many detachable cords on aluminum sided trailers. Kit comes with everything needed. If you're talking about the 15amp aux power mod, the hole saw I bought is bi-metal so I think it would make a clean cut through the aluminum. It went through my fiberglass like butter. I pre-drilled a small hole first just to make sure I wasn't going to hit anything I shouldn't even though I had the schematic of the rear wall. Also made it easier to line up the hole saw. I gotta tell you I was a little nervous drilling a hole in the camper but it was over in 3 seconds.
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Nice! I had a similar setup on my last rig which was 30a. I ran the extra 15a feed to a outlet near the water heater which allowed me to plug the water heater in if I had the 15a feed. This saved me from over loading the inside breaker panel.

Cutting the big hole sure make you pucker. I used a stud finder but it was still a tense moment.
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