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Old 08-09-2015, 05:29 PM   #31
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The removable cord keeps little furry 4 legged creatures from walking the cord and entering the camper. Ask me how I know.

I converted our Casita over to a twist lock removable cord after getting visitors entering through the standard cord down in Florida. Plus as mentioned the cord was always getting tangled up.

I would not be without the removable cord and just store the cord in the front box so there is no chance of forgetting it. I also carry a twist lock to standard 115 volt adaptor so I can use a regular extension cord if we are stopping somewhere quick and not needing to run the A/C or anything that draws a lot of amps.

Also don't leave you doors open when you done unloading when camping on the beach in Florida. Those little furry creatures will get in your car. Then they ride back home with you and after being parked for about a week without using using the van it was a shock when I opened the door. Luckily I just had to remove the radio to find it. Talk about a gross nasty job. Cheryl would not help with that one.

Awh the memories we make camping!!
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Old 08-09-2015, 05:55 PM   #32
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Here is the Marinco kit

Amazon.com: Marinco (30ARVKIT) 30 Amp Detachable Power Conversion Kit: Automotive
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Old 08-09-2015, 07:39 PM   #33
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I agonized over the option to get the removable cord -- most people advised to do it -- a few thought it was totally not necessary. But then I got to visit the factory, took one look at the standard cord and immediately decided that we'd get the detachable. So far it has not been forgotten. However, I still think that as far as keeping it clean is concerned, it would probably be easier with the one that retracts since I would guess that you only retract as much as you need without having to lay it on the ground. Am I correct?
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Old 08-09-2015, 07:57 PM   #34
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However, I still think that as far as keeping it clean is concerned, it would probably be easier with the one that retracts since I would guess that you only retract as much as you need without having to lay it on the ground. Am I correct?
Don't know Ruthe. All I can say, is I only pull out what I need, no muddy cord for me! And nothing to forget when I de-camp. I've seen folks with the detachable cords where it's laying in inches of water and mud. A paper towel whipping down the cord while I'm feeding the cord back into it's hatch has worked for me. I think it's all good, just options and expectations.
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Old 08-09-2015, 08:36 PM   #35
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And, you only need two hands. One holds the paper towel and one feeds it into the hole.
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Old 08-09-2015, 08:58 PM   #36
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Thank you all for your responses.... I understand it all much better now!
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Old 08-09-2015, 09:23 PM   #37
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Back to the original post #1: I assume the last picture is the bottom of the hold-down brackets for the solar panel, i.e., the inside ceiling of the trailer? Is that how ETI finishes off the bolts inside? If so, I may pass on that fix. And what are all those wires? What am I missing here?
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Old 08-09-2015, 10:01 PM   #38
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Back to the original post #1: I assume the last picture is the bottom of the hold-down brackets for the solar panel, i.e., the inside ceiling of the trailer?
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And what are all those wires? What am I missing here?
That's inside a cabinet... so the wires are not normally seen, and are unrelated to the solar panel mounting.
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So the picture is turned sideways and the bolt coming through is on the ceiling inside the cabinets...at least on the 17B?
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Old 08-09-2015, 10:22 PM   #40
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So the picture is turned sideways and the bolt coming through is on the ceiling inside the cabinets...at least on the 17B?
Yes, the photo is rotated and the bolt is in the ceiling.
The locations of the bolts depends on the model, and which size and placement of panel is involved. In some cases it is out in the visible ceiling, but I believe they use a cover over the bolts in that case. Sorry, I don't have the details of which is which.
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