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Old 09-13-2016, 01:03 PM   #51
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We don't have air conditioning or the microwave and boon dock 99% of the time. The only time we have need of a power cord is during the shoulder seasons when the solar can't keep up.

Went down to Home Depot and bought one of those winter extension cords that stay flexible in cold weather a made a couple different length power cords with the Merinco adapters from Amazon. The short one fits in a Gallon size ziplock, they take very little space and are easy to store. My Escape made cord is out in the shed awaiting the day we get a aircondioner installed. Scott

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Old 09-13-2016, 01:45 PM   #52
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In my opinion, a removable cord is the way to go. We've had both and get fewer "visitors" with the removable cord.
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Old 09-13-2016, 01:57 PM   #53
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We use a malleable rope caulk around the cord to seal the hole.
With the 19', if the cord gets tangled, that is a big problem to get to it. Makes more sense for someone with a 19' to get removeable than for a 21'.
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Old 09-13-2016, 02:35 PM   #54
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I have an old Boler with a traditional fixed cord. The cord compartment under the dinette is separated from the rest of the space by thin plywood panels so there is no issue with tangling with other stuff - I think that should be a standard feature of this sort of cord storage. It can still be a pain to push the cord in and pull it out. Not ideal.

Our big fifth-wheel trailer has a separate detachable cord and an outside storage compartment which is convenient for it. This works well and avoids any pest entry issues, but it means hauling the whole cord out any time it is needed... and it's a 50-amp cord which is more than twice as heavy as the same length of 30-amp cord. Also not ideal.

My motorhome has the big heavy 50-amp cable, fixed. This would be ridiculous to stuff in a compartment through a little hole, but the fixed cord is in an outside accessible compartment (in the "basement") - the cord goes out a small hatch, and can be (must be) wrangled by opening the door. This actually works pretty well, but it would be easier if the compartment door had a notch so it closed on the cord, after taking out only what is needed. I actually bought a conversion kit to make it detachable, but decided that it wouldn't really be an improvement in that particular RV's installation. I might still notch the compartment lip at the bottom of the door opening.

The slickest solution might be a cord on a reel in a compartment with a door that could be closed on the cord. I've seen big Class A motorhomes and fifth-wheel trailers with power reels. That's pretty tall to fit in any Escape compartment, but could be mounted in a box on the rear bumper, or even in the front storage compartment.


A reasonable solution for an Escape might be to have a fixed cord in a compartment (presumably the stock location) with an outside hatch door and a notch in the edge of the door. The compartment would be dedicated to the cord (no tangling with anything else), sealed from the interior, and accessible for cord wrangling; the cord would be fixed (no expensive connectors, no easy theft) and all but the required amount could be left in the compartment. The notch needs a flap to close it when the cord is not out, as is common on small hatches for services.
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Old 09-14-2016, 01:05 AM   #55
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Bugs and dirt did it for me. BTW my removable has a little blue power indicator LED at each end: a little upgrade from the previous model. I don't know if he attached one has that feature. When the trailer is just occupying driveway space I can tell at a glance whether my fridge is still getting power or if its sucking my propane tank dry.
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Bugs and dirt did it for me. BTW my removable has a little blue power indicator LED at each end: a little upgrade from the previous model. I don't know if he attached one has that feature. When the trailer is just occupying driveway space I can tell at a glance whether my fridge is still getting power or if its sucking my propane tank dry.
An unknown upgrade by ETI? Please post a picture Dave, might be another reason to add that option to your build sheet.
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I was wrong about the colour. Blue light on the male end and red light on the female end.
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Old 09-14-2016, 09:02 PM   #58
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Was this standard or an upgrade on your build sheet?
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Removable Power Cord was a $150 option as stated on the website. No idea if mine was a one-off or now the standard. Just pleasantly surprised by both the LED's and the 90 degree plug at the trailer end.
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Old 09-14-2016, 09:20 PM   #60
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That looks completely different from the one I tested out when I was last up there. Wonder if it's easier to use than the one I tried. How is it for seating into place?
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