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Old 11-27-2015, 07:48 AM   #11
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The only other safety concern I see is the 15/20AMP Shore Power extension cable should have a MALE 15/20A Plug on the pedestal side and a FEMALE 15/20A RECEPTACLE PLUG on the trailer side. i.e. NO HOT CONNECTIONS PRONGS accessible when plugged into the campground pedestal socket.

The OUTSIDE Trailer Receptacle with the lid etc will have a MALE PLUG that the 20AMP Shore Power cable will plug into like shown in TCNASHVILLEs photos...

Just a side note: Some camp grounds may not like for you to run two shore power connections from their pedestal to the trailer at the same time. I have been asked to remove my second Shore Power Cable a couple of times over the years... Their pedestal - Their reasons haha...

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The extension that you use with this setup is a HD exterior power cord. Nothing special just HD. Female on one end and male on the other.

Have to say I have never had an issue raised by CG hosts etc about connecting a 2nd power supply to my site. Many Many campers routinely run a separate [from the 20a outlet on the post] supply cord to a picnic or patio area. For the most part, short of shooting skeet out the back of your site, you're pretty much good to go unless a neighbor drops a dime on you.
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Old 11-27-2015, 08:41 AM   #12
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The good thing about it is the functionality of it.

If for some reason there is no 15a feed or you are not allowed to use it, you can go back to the normal routine.

When I had a 30a rig, I had rewired the water heater ac input to a plug and mounted two outlet boxes, one from the camper panel and one from the power pedestal as you have described.

I would routinely feed the water heater off of it when it was available, simply by moving the cord that fed it from the internal feed to the aux. supply.

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1. Cutting that hole in the rig needs to be thought out very well before drilling. I used an electronic stud finder to locate the place to drill, then a small pilot hole to make sure.
2. Be careful when drilling in a slide-out. Think out how it will be when closed.
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BASSDOGS - I have always used the 20AMP service for everything outside and never had a problem with that but I guess seeing two shore power cables running into the camper may have been the reasoning... who knows... I just do as they say and then never go back there haha...

Most of our camping is OFF-ROAD without hookup like up on SKYLINE Drive and up and down the Blue Ridge parkway. Have ventured down in the high country of NC-GA-ALA on a few trips. Love the camp spots inside the Smoky Mtns around the Gatlinburg area as well... My camper looks good setting in ELKMONT...

Haven't been to any KY camp sites except we did camp one time at the Land between the Lakes once heading for the homeland in Southern Ill...

We live off the batteries when camping off-road and then re-charge them at 8AM the next morning with the shore power cable plugged into our 2KW Generator when allowed to run it.

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If you really wanted to "steal" extra power, you would plug your 30amp pigtail to the 50amp outlet using a 50 to 30 dogbone. Then run a 30amp extension plugged into the 30amp outlet connected to a 2nd 30amp input [instead of my 20 amp mod] and why stop there, you could still route the 20 amp outlet to the picnic area.

Truth is my mod was upping my service potential to the same 50 amp that many larger 5ers and Motorhomes require. In the end the only time I'll use it is on cold weather trips when that extra space heater comes in handy. Its there if I need it and otherwise I won't bother to hook it up. It is a trick that many rvers use when they Gerry rig their unit to get extra power. My mod just does it in a clean, neat, and professional manner.
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In the end the only time I'll use it is on cold weather trips when that extra space heater comes in handy. My mod just does it in a clean, neat, and professional manner.
Exactly why I did the mod as well. Running an extra 1500w ceramic heater [without going through the converter] in a 34ft trailer is nice on those cold mornings.
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If you really wanted to "steal" extra power, you would plug your 30amp pigtail to the 50amp outlet using a 50 to 30 dogbone. Then run a 30amp extension plugged into the 30amp outlet connected to a 2nd 30amp input [instead of my 20 amp mod] and why stop there, you could still route the 20 amp outlet to the picnic area.

Truth is my mod was upping my service potential to the same 50 amp that many larger 5ers and Motorhomes require. In the end the only time I'll use it is on cold weather trips when that extra space heater comes in handy. Its there if I need it and otherwise I won't bother to hook it up. It is a trick that many rvers use when they Gerry rig their unit to get extra power. My mod just does it in a clean, neat, and professional manner.
Actually you will have 50 amps at 120 volts. When using a 50 amp service in a larger unit you have two 50 amp 120 volt lines or, 100 amps at 120 available. But unless your running two A/C you should never need that much power. I have wired similar hook ups on several utility trailers used for mobile work areas, works well and is very clean looking. Nice Mod.
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