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Old 05-22-2017, 08:53 AM   #1
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removable 30a cord choices

I would like to change my hard wired 30a cord on our 21 to a removable type, what brand outlet/plug kit should I use?
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I plan on getting a SmartPlug 30 amp. If you go this route, make sure to get the RV version and not the marine version - the plug on the pedistal end is different.
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I would like to change my hard wired 30a cord on our 21 to a removable type, what brand outlet/plug kit should I use?
Thanks for your help.
I would recommend the SmartPlug . Just did that mod . So easy and smart way to hook up . Very high quality item. They have their system instead of stainless , in less expensive version also. I did have to make a plate to cover the huge "mouse hole".Hopefully yours is smaller . I think Robert's wasn't as big of cut out as what we had . Easy to remedy though . Pat
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Be aware that although the smart plug is a very high quality item, you'll pay around $160 for the conversion kit. The Furrion FCKIT-30PS I installed isn't quite as fancy as the Smart Plug, and it uses a threaded ring, but it's half the price.

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Be aware that although the smart plug is a very high quality item, you'll pay around $160 for the conversion kit. The Furrion FCKIT-30PS I installed isn't quite as fancy as the Smart Plug, and it uses a threaded ring, but it's half the price.

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Robert why would you not want to put a quality item on your trailer ? The SmartPlug is improved better technology that started with the boating industry now the have for RV industry . The older system is from 1938 . Quality does cost . Pat
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False premise. I'm all for quality. Take a look at some of the mods I've done as a case in point. I'm just letting the OP know there are less expensive choices for the power cord.

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False premise. I'm all for quality. Take a look at some of the mods I've done as a case in point. I'm just letting the OP know there are less expensive choices for the power cord.

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Robert it was tongue in cheek to you . I know you have made improvements to your trailer . I think the inferior items added to the exterior which some will only last 3 years because of UV's need upgrading . I didn't need to go with the stainless but I love stainless . So that is the way I went . It's not only the looks , the system is easier to use , watertight etc. Pat
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Just thinking out loud here Pat, but very soon you will have all stainless steel fixtures on the outside of your trailer and there will be no reason to look longingly at Olivers. Of course I jest. There's more to the Oliver than their fixtures, but I really like your choices for your Escape!!

I'm copying you. So far I have purchased the door hinges. They are sitting on my kitchen table because I'm too afraid to put them on, but I have them. Next, I might buy they door catcher latch like you added...so they can sit next to the hinges on the table because I will still be too scared...
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I just cut my trailer's electrical service cord and put 30 amp 125 VAC twistloc cord caps on the cord ends . Cost was under $30 and took about 15 minutes to install. Store the long portion of cord in the back of my truck.
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Just thinking out loud here Pat, but very soon you will have all stainless steel fixtures on the outside of your trailer and there will be no reason to look longingly at Olivers. Of course I jest. There's more to the Oliver than their fixtures, but I really like your choices for your Escape!!

I'm copying you. So far I have purchased the door hinges. They are sitting on my kitchen table because I'm too afraid to put them on, but I have them. Next, I might buy they door catcher latch like you added...so they can sit next to the hinges on the table because I will still be too scared...
Thankyou Nathan . Really not looking at Oliver anymore , sticking with our trailer . Love many construction items on Oliver . But the Escape is all we need for the rest of our camping years left . I understand at first afraid to drill or anything on our new trailer . Now it is second nature and needs to be done . I try to find better quality hardware to replace because I don't want to have to keep replacing every few years . You can let the newness were off for awhile before you start doing your improvements . We are 3 1/2 years down the road now . 4 in Nov . At least you have the your new improvements at hand when it's time . Pat
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I just cut my trailer's electrical service cord and put 30 amp 125 VAC twistloc cord caps on the cord ends . Cost was under $30 and took about 15 minutes to install. Store the long portion of cord in the back of my truck.
That's essentially doing the same as the fancy Furrion kit I used Steve. Both are functional but I went with the kit just for aesthetic reasons.

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Robert it was tongue in cheek to you...
No worries Pat. I must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed....



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No problem Robert . We both have made great improvements to our trailers . Pat
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That's essentially doing the same as the fancy Furrion kit I used Steve. Both are functional but I went with the kit just for aesthetic reasons.

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I went with the plain twistloc cord caps because I am frugal
( Cheap). Either one works but if I had a fancy Escape I probably would have taken your route.
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Another option I installed on our Casita

https://www.amazon.com/Marinco-30ARV...marinco+30+amp
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I would like one that will cover the existing hole without any modifications.
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I would like one that will cover the existing hole without any modifications.
You should be OK . If not what I used was a exterior electrical grey plate . I painted it with Krlyon fusion white dover paint after I cut out the hole I needed. I used the screw holes that were already there and a couple more . I did order a stainless 5 in x 5 in plate . But it came after and what is there is working fine so I am leaving it just as it is . The exterior plate is 1/4 in and nice and sturdy . If you go with the kit Robert , installed , Furion , and you have the same size hole you will be able to install without any problem . Pat
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I also installed the Furrion FCKIT30-PS. Very easy to install, good price and works great.
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I would like one that will cover the existing hole without any modifications.
Tim, the Furrion KIT includes an adapter plate. Covers the existing hole, uses the same screw holes. No drilling or other mods required. There's not even any caulk required, as was used with the original mouse hole, because a foam gasket is also included that seals the adapter plate. The hardest part of the install is removing all the factory caulk.

If you go with the Furrion, make sure it's the FCKIT-30PS. They sell the receptacles and the cord adapters separately also, but the kit has everything needed.


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Old 06-07-2017, 08:26 AM   #20
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The Furrion kit was our first mod after arriving home from the rally this past weekend. Easy peasy - thanks for the recommendations.
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