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Old 06-04-2019, 02:38 PM   #1
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Passing 120V AC power cord into 21'

I had been threatening to do this for some time and finally did it. I drilled out a manufacturing plug on the bottom rear corner on the driver side (first photo) just big enough to squeeze an extension cord cable through (leaving male end on the outside; second photo) and wired a female receptacle to the cord on the inside under the dinette seat. Purpose? To run a dehumidifier inside the camper without having to power up the camper's entire electrical system. I know others have accomplished this same thing in other ways, but this worked for me. Only thing that slowed me down was fishing the cable around a little bit where it entered the cabin. I think ETI says this hole is not supposed to be used as a weep hole and should remain plugged, but the snug-fitting cord now serves as the plug (really snug fitting to keep ants and bugs out).
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Old 06-04-2019, 04:59 PM   #2
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I did something similar so that I can use my 30 amp set up inside without pulling out the heavy cord. But this can be used separately for your purpose, also.
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Old 06-04-2019, 05:21 PM   #3
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I did something similar so that I can use my 30 amp set up inside without pulling out the heavy cord. But this can be used separately for your purpose, also.
Jim, I saw your post a few days back on another thread (nice job), and that's what finally inspired me to do mine (that and the rising Summer humidity down here). I didn't want to cut a hole through my hatch when I already had a small plugged hole in the hull big enough for a 15 amp cord when that's all I needed to run my dehumidifier.
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I had been threatening to do this for some time and finally did it. I drilled out a manufacturing plug on the bottom rear corner on the driver side (first photo) just big enough to squeeze an extension cord cable through (leaving male end on the outside; second photo) and wired a female receptacle to the cord on the inside under the dinette seat. Purpose? To run a dehumidifier inside the camper without having to power up the camper's entire electrical system. I know others have accomplished this same thing in other ways, but this worked for me. Only thing that slowed me down was fishing the cable around a little bit where it entered the cabin. I think ETI says this hole is not supposed to be used as a weep hole and should remain plugged, but the snug-fitting cord now serves as the plug (really snug fitting to keep ants and bugs out).
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What will you do with the cord when you drive down the road? Let it dangle? Remove it and otherwise fill the hole?
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What will you do with the cord when you drive down the road? Let it dangle? Remove it and otherwise fill the hole?
I left the outside pigtail long enough to tuck it behind and secure it to the sewer hose storage tube. Other than that, I'd like to find a cap for the plug to help minimize potential corrosion of the exposed brass contact blades.
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A simple cap.

Wrap the plug in aluminum foil. I do that with padlocks that are exposed to the weather.

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What am I missing here with adding a 15A service cord? I have never had a bit of trouble with the 30A one I was supplied with on any trailer. I do carry a 15A to 30A adaptor for places (like my drive) with only a 15A service.
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What am I missing here with adding a 15A service cord? I have never had a bit of trouble with the 30A one I was supplied with on any trailer. I do carry a 15A to 30A adaptor for places (like my drive) with only a 15A service.
I think we've already discussed this in a previous thread, but we have the detachable 30A cord, and whatever cord I use will stretch across our driveway from outlet to camper and be exposed to our intense Southern sun and other elements. I don't want to be driving over our nice 30A cord or have to disconnect and re-connect it every time a vehicle comes or goes, and I don't want to leave the 30A cord exposed to the elements any more than necessary. On the other hand, I don't mind driving over a relatively inexpensive and easily replaceable 15A extension cord nor leaving it out in the elements. I, too, have a 15A to 30A adaptor that can be attached at the camper for use with a regular extension cord, but using that involves activating the whole EMS, which I don't want to do if not necessary. Anyway if all that is not sufficient justification, then I just wanted to do it, and that's good enough for me.
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