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Old 05-09-2017, 02:42 PM   #1
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Fix for the new screw on power cord

As many of you have expressed the new screw on power cord is a PITA. Because it is fine thread it keeps wanting to cross thread. This replacement ring converts it back to a quick twist lock. The original ring just pulls off and you push the new ring on with a little twisting motion. It actually holds the cord tighter that the original.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I also have been looking for a battery meter so I don't have to plug something into the 12 volt plugs. Ending up installing this one that also has 2 USB and wired it over to the converter on it's own fuse. It should charge our cell phone better than the factory USB.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 05-09-2017, 03:12 PM   #2
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I also have been looking for a battery meter so I don't have to plug something into the 12 volt plugs. Ending up installing this one that also has 2 USB and wired it over to the converter on it's own fuse. It should charge our cell phone better than the factory USB.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Nice work. Put one of those DC voltmeters in my father's Scamp (without the USB) and it was very handy for battery status in a quick glance.
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As many of you have expressed the new screw on power cord is a PITA. Because it is fine thread it keeps wanting to cross thread. This replacement ring converts it back to a quick twist lock. The original ring just pulls off and you push the new ring on with a little twisting motion. It actually holds the cord tighter that the original.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
assuming you are talking about the removable power cord on Gen 2, is ETI using the Marinco power inlet ?
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"The exclusive locking tabs engage slots built into all Marinco inlets. Use with 30 amp Marinco inlets"
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Fix for the new screw on power cord
As many of you have expressed the new screw on power cord is a PITA.

I am confused. Has ETI changed the removable power cord? Below is the picture of the one on their website which is the same one that I have on my 2013. I have no problem with it. What has changed?
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Old 05-09-2017, 06:22 PM   #5
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Fix for the new screw on power cord
As many of you have expressed the new screw on power cord is a PITA.

I am confused. Has ETI changed the removable power cord? Below is the picture of the one on their website which is the same one that I have on my 2013. I have no problem with it. What has changed?
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If you have the fine threaded ring, getting it threaded, especially initially is a bit of a challenge. Plus you have to tighten quite a few turns. With this ring it is more of a push and short turn to lock it on. If you look at the fitting on your trailer you will see that it will accommodate both. These rings will pry off and on the cord end with no problem. I will likely get one.

In this image of the Marinco 30A connector, you can see both the treads and the quick connect groove. The one on Escapes works the same way.



And here is a link for the ring on amazon.ca.
https://www.amazon.ca/Marinco-100EL-.../dp/B000NI1BFC
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The Gen 2 units are coming with Conntek connector now and not a Marinco. The ring on the cord ETI is supplying is fine thread and not twist lock. Several people have complained about it earlier. The male side on the camper will accept either. The threaded ring is a pain to get started without cross threading because it is a fine thread. This replacement allows for replacement of just the ring on the cord and converts the cord to a quick connect. The locking tabs are not exclusive to Marinco as you can see in the pictures. The last picture is the new replacement ring attached. Hopefully this makes it clearer.
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Old 05-09-2017, 08:13 PM   #8
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Thanks for the photos. They do explain the difference. Sounds like the locking ring retrofit is the way to go with these. Just a push and a small turn to lock.

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But, is there a problem with the Conntek brand now used vs the previous Marinco brand like Karen has? They both appear to be the same threads and hers is also threaded not the twist lock.
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But, is there a problem with the Conntek brand now used vs the previous Marinco brand like Karen has? They both appear to be the same threads and hers is also threaded not the twist lock.
It appears that the previous one, a Marinco, had the Marinco locking ring (at least I think I see that ring in Karen's photo) while the new one has the fine threads only and no tabs. So, you have to thread it all the way on, which can be a challenge with the fine plastic threads. Not sure about the ring though.

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