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Old 11-30-2015, 01:29 PM   #1
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30 Amp Extension Cord

We do a lot of Winter camping. My shore power cord is getting hard to push back in at times. Also, some times its all wet from the snow and no matter how well I try to wipe it off I'm sure some water ends up back inside the compartment. I'd like to keep the insides of the trailer dry.

My generator shed is about 15' from the port. A 15' extension cord would work just fine. Is there an issue connecting an extension cord with the main cord still coiled up inside the trailer? The trailer cord's plug would be pulled out no more than a foot to make the connection, and I would use a canvas cover to keep the plugs dry.
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First go and get a 30 Amp RV standard male and female plug. Pull the cord fully out and cut it at approx. 4ft. Install the male plug on the RV side and the female plug on the extension cord.


Even better; go to Home Depot and get approx. 6 ft. rubber #10 and put that in the RV connection after you remove the original (stiff) #10 cord. Then do what is mentioned above. Have Fun!
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Push the cord in the direction of its natural set coil. Do a little better job cleaning it, and do not fret over the few drops of water left on it. It will dry in a very short perion of time. I have observed a few post over the years of coiled elect chor.s overheating and shorting.
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Jayco's manual cautions against plugging in and not fully extending the power cord. There are concerns about it overheating. Because of this I always fully extend my power cord.

I am considering converting to a detachable cord, but have not done it yet.
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I got tired of pulling and pushing in the cable. It kept getting tangled up and difficult to pull out so I converted it to a plug in type setup. I cut the 25' cable off at the TT wall and installed a female 30 Amp outlet on the trailer wall.

You would connect the inside cable directly to the newly installed receptacle. My setup is a little different as I wired my system to include my inverter.

Here are the parts that I used. Easy conversion! Easy to connect and disconnect shore power now.

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I got tired of pulling and pushing in the cable. It kept getting tangled up and difficult to pull out so I converted it to a plug in type setup. I cut the 25' cable off at the TT wall and installed a female 30 Amp outlet on the trailer wall.

You would connect the inside cable directly to the newly installed receptacle. My setup is a little different as I wired my system to include my inverter.

Here are the parts that I used. Easy conversion! Easy to connect and disconnect shore power now.

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That looks like the best solution. Do you have a part number for the outside receptacle? Also, did the new receptacle cover up the old fitting without any modification needed?
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We do a lot of Winter camping. My shore power cord is getting hard to push back in at times. Also, some times its all wet from the snow and no matter how well I try to wipe it off I'm sure some water ends up back inside the compartment. I'd like to keep the insides of the trailer dry.

My generator shed is about 15' from the port. A 15' extension cord would work just fine. Is there an issue connecting an extension cord with the main cord still coiled up inside the trailer? The trailer cord's plug would be pulled out no more than a foot to make the connection, and I would use a canvas cover to keep the plugs dry.
Just buy an extension cord for campers:

http://www.amazon.com/Camco-55501-Po...extension+cord
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NOT A GOOD IDEA, AND POTENTIALLY VERY DANGEROUS!!

The onboard pigtail s/b pulled fully outside the RV when it is connected to shorepower. Failure to do so could cause the cord to overheat and potentially create a firehazard. Either cut the cord and install the thru the wall connector or cut it off at the 2 or 3 ft mark and connect via an RV extension.
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IMHO Don "Mustang65" has the best and safest solution to address your situation.

The Furrion F30INS-PS Square Non-Metallic 30 Amp Inlet is another product that you could use in your conversion.

You can get it on Amazon.com; Camping World; or probably Colton RV might have it.

Hope this is of some help to you.
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Thanks to all for the suggestions. I got a black Furion Inlet for a good price on Ebay, plus the female plug end to do the conversion. I have no access to the backside of the wall, so I'll have to do the installation on the outside. I'll probably need to find a piece of white UHMW to make a plate to cover the existing hole, but that won't be a problem.
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