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Old 10-21-2016, 03:34 PM   #1
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Converting to Detachable Power Cord

We have a 2006 17B.

We want to convert fixed power cord to a detachable plug in system.

Any suggestions on conversion kit options. In particular is there a adaptor which replaces the existing door with a minimum of customization?

Does anyone have any experience with the "Smart Plug" product? It uses lock in clips rather than a twist lock mechanism - which might make for a more secure connection.

Thanks to all those experts and experienced Escape owners who share with the rest of us.

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Old 10-21-2016, 03:55 PM   #2
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We have a 2006 17B.

We want to convert fixed power cord to a detachable plug in system.

Any suggestions on conversion kit options. In particular is there a adaptor which replaces the existing door with a minimum of customization?.................Andrew Stewart
Andrew,
Check out Robert's thread on this.
Furrion Detachable Power Cord Conversion

If I were to do it, this is the one I'd use.
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Thanks for linking it Don.

Andrew, the Furrion conversion is very easy and the kit is well made.
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Old 10-21-2016, 04:26 PM   #4
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Andrew,
Check out Robert's thread on this.
Furrion Detachable Power Cord Conversion
There was another thread about this recently as well:
Why removable power cord?

Unfortunately the Furrion is difficult to buy here in Canada...Amazon.ca wants $260 for it! If you order from Amazon.com it is about $100 USD with shipping and duty. Furrion FCKIT30-PS White 30 Amp Conversion Kit with LED Inlet

Further down in that thread someone suggested ordering it from ETI. I sent them a message and their response was that the removable cord assembly is $150 and they charge $45 to install it. You also get a new cord and get to keep you old cord.

I think you can order the assembly from ETI and do the install yourself. This would probably be a better deal because you also get a new cord!
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Go to stevestonmarine.com, you'll find a good selection of 30 amp shore power stuff there, including Furrion for a lot less. Even available in s/s.

That's where I bought my connectors when I converted my Scamp and also made a 30-15 amp adaptor cable.

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Go to stevestonmarine.com, you'll find a good selection of 30 amp shore power stuff there, including Furrion for a lot less. Even available in s/s.

That's where I bought my connectors when I converted my Scamp and also made a 30-15 amp adaptor cable.

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I browsed the entire Furrion product line on stevestonmarine.com, but I didn't find the conversion kit. All the parts of the kit are sold there, but individually. Adding it all up, the cost is pretty high to get all the components included in the conversion kit. A better option would probably be Amazon.com, even with the duty and shipping charges.
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What am I missing? To convert my Scamp I bought a 30 amp inlet and a 30 amp plug.

Steveston Marine has them for $56.89 and $26.00CDN for a total of $73.88CDN.
Amazon.com has them for $58.45US and $26.99US for a total of $89.95US.

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I browsed the entire Furrion product line on stevestonmarine.com, but I didn't find the conversion kit. All the parts of the kit are sold there, but individually. Adding it all up, the cost is pretty high to get all the components included in the conversion kit.
One of
Furrion 30 Amp Black Inlet With Led [Model: F30INSBS] CA$55.99
Furrion 30A Square Inlet White [Model: F30INSPS] CA$56.99
Furrion 30A Round Inlet White [Model: F30INRPS] CA$56.99
Furrion 30A S/S Round Inlet [Model: F30INSSS] CA$84.99
plus one each of
Furrion 30A Connector (F) Yellow [Model: F30FMPSY] CA$38.99
Furrion 30 Amp Connector (F) Cover Yel [Model: F30CVLSY] CA$21.99
Total: CA$117 to CA$146

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What am I missing? To convert my Scamp I bought a 30 amp inlet and a 30 amp plug.

Steveston Marine has them for $56.89 and $26.00CDN for a total of $73.88CDN.
Amazon.com has them for $58.45US and $26.99US for a total of $89.95US.
The $26 plug (F30MLPSY) is male - it needs to be female to convert the inlet and cord, and the female is a few dollars more. The weather cover and ring are not part of the NEMA standard connector, and are sold as an add-on to Furrion (and some other) female cord ends.

The kit listed by Furrion looks like a better deal (although I don't see an intemized list of components)... if you are buying in the U.S.
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What am I missing? To convert my Scamp I bought a 30 amp inlet and a 30 amp plug.

Steveston Marine has them for $56.89 and $26.00CDN for a total of $73.88CDN.
Amazon.com has them for $58.45US and $26.99US for a total of $89.95US.

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The kit includes a 30 amp female plug, which is $38.99 at Steveston Marine - not $26. That's the plug that works with the male receptacle. Also, the receptacle is square, but the mouse hole is round, and rather large. You'd need the white powder coated steel adapter plate that mounts to the backside of the receptacle. The adapter plate uses the same 3 holes as the original mousehole cover did. They don't list that part at Steveston Marine. Lastly, the plug needs a cover, in order to lock into the receptacle with its threaded ring. Steveston Marine lists that part at $21.99. There are also gaskets included with the kit, which are not sold separately.

You can see the plug cover and ring, as well as the adapter plate, in this photo I took post install. There's also a watertight gasket behind the plate -- no caulking like with the mouse hole.
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Forgot to mention, the kit also comes with a junction box (metal) and an adapter ring, in case you want to terminate the power cable on the inside to the box. I didn't go that way, but the parts are in the kit. There are instructions for both methods of installation.
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