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Old 11-09-2017, 10:02 PM   #21
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i was actually at the Furrion site earlier today, and could not find a port in white, just stainless. Your link took me to the main site, do you have a link to what you bought?

I am still thinking I might install a 6x6 bulkhead hatch and install up to 5 connectors in there, but still not decided, thus my interest in other ports.
- portable solar - I have a Cnlinko one
- TV cable or antenna - a regular bulkhead one would work, but looking for something waterproof
- WiFi repeater - I have a waterproof shielded RJ45 connecttor
- DC outlet - I have a waterproof cigarette style outlet.
- Possibly something for a cellphone booster, but all I have seen is direct

This is a hatch I have. The same one I used to house my Low Pressure Quick Connect.

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Old 11-09-2017, 10:05 PM   #22
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One thing I like about the bath window is if parked in a dusty area or next to a dry gravel road with traffic, I can keep the bath window open for the air circulation and most of the dust will stay in the bathroom where it can be washed away easily. I also do this with the trailer in storage as it is parked on gravel at an RV storage area. Only the bathroom window is cracked open, the (better quality) curtain is closed but air can move in and a Maxi Fan lid is slightly open so circulation can happen. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 11-09-2017, 11:09 PM   #23
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i was actually at the Furrion site earlier today, and could not find a port in white, just stainless. Your link took me to the main site, do you have a link to what you bought?
Try this link

https://www.furrion.com/store/energy...ite-p-947.html

Home page, Products, Energy, Net Zero Solar

If I had questions and called I found them to be very helpful!
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Old 11-10-2017, 07:56 AM   #24
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Furrion solar conn.

FWIW
I bought a Furrion Solar bulkhead connector and jack and decided not to use it. The connectors are for 12 ga. wires. Most people I know use 10 ga. wires or larger for external portable solar panels. (It's hard to connect the larger wires to the cable connector and not recommended.) The main reason for me not using the Furrion was the size of the hole required to be drilled into the trailer, better than 2". I found trolling motor connectors or winch connectors required less than a 1" hole and can handle 10-8 ga. wires.
On the Furrion TV connectors, the smaller Furrion connector requires a much smaller hole and the RF jack sets proud of the backing making cable connection easier. I have not seen the larger connector but suspect it requires the big mounting hole. Also the RF jack seems to be recessed making cable connection more difficult. The smaller connection is very inexpensive, smaller and does the job.
Don't get me wrong I like Furrion products but do your research on these two applications.
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Old 11-10-2017, 12:37 PM   #25
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Try this link

https://www.furrion.com/store/energy...ite-p-947.html

Home page, Products, Energy, Net Zero Solar

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Don't get me wrong I like Furrion products but do your research on these two applications.
I have done lots of research into various ports, and still am, but finding hordes of potential solutions out there. I have to decide soon, as there are a few things I am going to install within the next while. I keep coming back to the idea of the hatch box to house them, as it will give one clean looking fitting rather than 4 or 5 smaller ones, though would larger at 6-1/2” h x 7-5/8” w outside dimensions.

Like everything with our trailers, so many options for so may things to be done.
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Old 11-10-2017, 07:07 PM   #26
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I bought a Furrion Solar bulkhead connector and jack and decided not to use it. The connectors are for 12 ga. wires.
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The Furrion receptacle has two wires that look like 10 gauge wire and ETI will be wiring it in. Spec sheet has 10 to 12 gauge wire listed. I took 10 gauge wire to the mating plug and looks like it will solder to the two pins just fine. But agree everyone should do their own research!

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I keep coming back to the idea of the hatch box to house them, as it will give one clean looking fitting rather than 4 or 5 smaller ones, though would larger at 6-1/2” h x 7-5/8” w outside dimensions.

Like everything with our trailers, so many options for so may things to be done.
I hear you Jim, I too thought about having one access hatch for solar, booster cables etc. but just could not find what I would be happy with. We each like what we like!

Current plans, the Furrion solar receptacle will be the only additional port added beyond standard ETI items. Once I have trailer and live with it for a while. Other mods will be on the horizon.

Just a thought that just came to me and maybe crazy, but what about taking something like the Furrion solar port or 30 amp removable cord receptacle from marine world and cutting out the guts, but leave the cap for water tight seal, but when open you have a two inch hole to run cable through. On my Casita I use to run my 30 amp cable through water noodle to fill the mouse hole in the hatch to prevent varmits from crawling in.
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Just a thought that just came to me and maybe crazy, but what about taking something like the Furrion solar port or 30 amp removable cord receptacle from marine world and cutting out the guts, but leave the cap for water tight seal, but when open you have a two inch hole to run cable through. On my Casita I use to run my 30 amp cable through water noodle to fill the mouse hole in the hatch to prevent varmits from crawling in.
I would be tempted to do a bulkhead connector in the stead, to allow easy connection of the exterior cable. Maybe Furrion would supply the basic hatch without the guts, you could easily fabricate a bulkhead on it.

Thanks, now more to think about.
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Old 11-13-2017, 11:07 PM   #28
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Hi Kent,

I'd like to recommend three more minor additions to your build sheet that my wife and I find very useful
  • Additional light switch by the front door wired to the overhead light between the kitchen and the bathroom
Thomas I received response from Tina regarding the light switch for overhead dome light. 2018 5.0TA comes standard with two switches, one for porch light and one for dome light. Did not ask if this change is for all 2018 models. I will have 3 switches one for porch, one for dome and the one I'm adding that turns on D/S and the exterior rear LED light I'm adding.

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Thomas I received response from Tina regarding the light switch for overhead dome light. 2018 5.0TA comes standard with two switches, one for porch light and one for dome light. Did not ask if this change is for all 2018 models.
Kent,

I guess ETI "saw the light" when they decided to make this a standard feature. (Sorry, I couldn't help it.)
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I will have 3 switches one for porch, one for dome and the one I'm adding that turns on D/S and the exterior rear LED light I'm adding.
One thing that was pointed out to me that I went with, was that when needing any exterior lights aside from the porch light, I was usually doing something where they would be needed, and it would be a pain to go back inside to turn on, only to return to where the task was at hand.
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