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Old 09-07-2013, 11:43 AM   #1
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Jon, do you have a picture of the 15amp adapter you made for the power plug?
Did you not get one with the trailer, Dave? They are readily available at any place that sells RV supplies.
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Old 09-07-2013, 12:12 PM   #2
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Yes I did. I think Jon may have made an adapter to plug directly into the milenco removable power cord plug at the trailer, milenco has an L shapped prong at the trailer plug. You can buy an milenco adapter, however they are fairly expensive. Or just plug the supplied adapter into the end of the power cord that goes to the pole, which works very well. Plugging directly into the trailer would eliminate using the power cord......... Which I assume Jon did



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Old 09-07-2013, 12:20 PM   #3
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They are a little pricey, I have one of these for at home
Amazon.com: Conntek Marine Shore/RV 15 Amp Male Plug Pigtail Adapter with Screw to 30 Amp Shore Connector with Light Indicator: Sports & Outdoors
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Yes I did. I think Jon may have made an adapter to plug directly into the milenco removable power cord plug at the trailer, milenco has an L shapped prong at the trailer plug. You can buy an milenco adapter, however they are fairly expensive. Or just plug the supplied adapter into the end of the power cord that goes to the pole, which works very well. Plugging directly into the trailer would eliminate using the power cord......... Which I assume Jon did



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Ah....gotcha.
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Here is a photo of the adapter. It is made with #12 wire. While standard adapters would work, this gives me a way to carry a "spare" Marinco connector, something that might be hard to find on the road. It also saves getting out the 30' #10 cord when hooking up to 15 amp sites. While I carry a 25' #12 cord in the RAV4 whether camping or not, I've even found a few sites where I could use this adapter alone.

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Old 09-07-2013, 05:05 PM   #6
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Jon, what advantage have you found using that adapter as opposed to one on the end of the 30A cord? I used to carry a short 15A extension cord, but found I never used it. I do have a short 30A cord for those few times with hookups and a real long reach.

I too am real happy with changing to a removable power cord.
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I carry an inverter in the RAV4 & use the standard extension cord for that. Since it is already there, the short #12 adapter I built lets me use a lighter cord when camping at 15 sites & at home. As I mentioned, I found a few sites where the power post was so close I could use the adapter alone rather than getting out either the heavy #10 or lighter #12 cords.

Again, there is not real advantage, but I try to carry replacement parts for things that are hard to find on the road, and decided to put the replacement Marinco connector to use.
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To be honest, with me having no A/C yet, I really don't have need for a 30A connection. Only on rare occasion, say water heater on, fridge, a bit of a draw from the converter, and maybe an electrical kettle would be the biggest load I have. Might make sense to lighten the load until the time I may want A/C.
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Here is a photo of the adapter. It is made with #12 wire. While standard adapters would work, this gives me a way to carry a "spare" Marinco connector, something that might be hard to find on the road. It also saves getting out the 30' #10 cord when hooking up to 15 amp sites. While I carry a 25' #12 cord in the RAV4 whether camping or not, I've even found a few sites where I could use this adapter alone.

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Thanks for the photo. Looks like a good idea and having an extra plug is smart planning.

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Agreed, one trip I had left my power cord at home by mistake, all I had was my adapter and a 15 amp extension cord in my front box, managed to camp a week like that, good to have a back up.
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