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Fixed Power Cord Conversion to detachable Cord

Guys In the other thread about our camper being involved in the Ice Storm we have been talking about the detachable cord conversion. Well I have had it on since I got the 5er back on Friday and it seems to work and look great just like it came from the factory with it, so here are the pics.







I Also took a section of 6in PVC and made a storage tube for our sewer hose to free up space in the storage cabinets. And bolted it to the rear bumper..

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Looks good! My new one came with the detachable power cord but I am curious (as I think others in the other thread were) what all was involved in making the change over??

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Looks good! My new one came with the detachable power cord but I am curious (as I think others in the other thread were) what all was involved in making the change over??
here are the steps it takes...for ours of course..others could vary depending on the way it was built.

cut the power cord about 1 foot from side of camper..

remove the plastic cap from the side of the camper and replace with the metal adapter plate with gaskets included. you may have to drill new holes for it to line up correctly.

strip the black insulation off and feed the 3 wires through the rear plug cover.

strip the 3 wires back about on inch..and land them into the plug for the side of the camper..its color coded for the wires. then install the rear plug cover making sure you have the gaskets in place behind the plug and then you just have 3 screws that you have to put in the plug that holds it in the metal adapter plate.
I took some window silicone around the outside metal plate just to make sure it was weather tight.

for the cord you install the outside cover with the twist lock then you slide the back of the plug on the and strip the cord again and then then 3 wires inside about 1 inch and land them in the plug..color coded again. then you just tighten up the plug and pull the outer part over the plug and your good to go..

The instructions have pics and tell you exactly how to do it for which way your camper was made. it is really pretty easy to do..all you really need is a set of cable cutters, wire stripers, phillips and flat head screw drivers and a drill and drill bits if you have to drill new holes for the adapter plate. I did silicone the holes shut that didn't match up to the adapter plate before it covered them and then ran a bead of silicone around the outer plate.

I know this is a long post but it really is very easy to do and I am very pleased how it turned out.

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boats have been set up this way for YEARS (at least since the mid 60s) for shore power.
Im shocked that the trailer mfg's havent been doing this.

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boats have been set up this way for YEARS (at least since the mid 60s) for shore power.
Im shocked that the trailer mfg's havent been doing this.
Some do some don't...it just depends..most if not all of the higher end campers do..ours is more of a mid grade so they do the old style where you push the cord in the side and it is fixed, I guess it helps to keep cost down. but I think this will work out just fine..

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Mine came with this from the factory. For some reason, I don't know why, I was thinking about a retractable type. I like it. Nice to se that there is a kit for trailers that did not come this way. I guess the other style is a hard wired cord. I could see where pushing a cord into a compartment or such would be a problem with a muddy, or wet cord. This way you can store it where you want to. I like the pipe. That seems to be a common storage solution for the hose. Mine has it stored in PVC the same way under the body a few feet in front of the front wheel.
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So with this type of hook up will it keep the cords from wanting to melt together after long stays??? After this past week in FL with the AC in the camper running all the time I noticed that my ext. cord was almost completely melted to the retractable cord that is in the camper (retractable cord is only 2-3 ft long at most)

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So with this type of hook up will it keep the cords from wanting to melt together after long stays??? After this past week in FL with the AC in the camper running all the time I noticed that my ext. cord was almost completely melted to the retractable cord that is in the camper (retractable cord is only 2-3 ft long at most)
sounds like your running an UNDER sized gauge "shore power" cord !

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So with this type of hook up will it keep the cords from wanting to melt together after long stays??? After this past week in FL with the AC in the camper running all the time I noticed that my ext. cord was almost completely melted to the retractable cord that is in the camper (retractable cord is only 2-3 ft long at most)
you have something wrong if you have anything melting . what is the amperage of the camper 30 or 50 amp ? what size extension cord ? i am a licensed electrician and can tell you that if you are useing the right size cord , this shouldn't be happening .

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i dont know what size cord I am running but my camper is a 30 amp. The cord came w/ the camper (previous owner) but it is whatever they sell at the camping stores...

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