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Old 04-06-2019, 09:31 PM   #1
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Talking Bottling up electrical connections

Keeping the "shore power" plugs dry here in the Pacific Northwet can be challenging. Here's a simple thing that seems to work pretty well. Cut the bottom out of a 2 Liter Mountain Dew bottle (must be MD or it won't work... ;-) Make a slit up one side terminated just before it necks down toward the lid, and cut a few short cuts to make an asterisk * shape at the end. Slide it over the cable and voila` instant umbrella. Hope this helps someone.
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Old 04-06-2019, 10:27 PM   #2
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Nice fix Anthony and thanks for the heads up on a MD bottle. I've got a couple Coke bottles but they must not be up to the amps .
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Old 04-07-2019, 09:29 AM   #3
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Sorry, but honestly, I think that looks really tacky.
Why not just get something made to do what you're trying to do. Like these...

https://www.amazon.com/Cord-Connect-...SIN=B0092P32HC
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Old 04-07-2019, 09:30 AM   #4
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Got to agree w/Gregg
Not for me but it does give me some ideas
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Old 04-07-2019, 10:06 AM   #5
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This is a good idea. I've been looking for a way to rainproof the connection. None of the manufactured covers I have found have been big enough to hold the plug that comes on the camper.
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Old 04-07-2019, 10:21 AM   #6
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This is a good idea. I've been looking for a way to rainproof the connection. None of the manufactured covers I have found have been big enough to hold the plug that comes on the camper.
Of course, that can be changed too. I installed a Marine style 30 Amp twist lock male power inlet and a cord which just plugs on and twists to lock up. They also make them for 20 Amp regular "house style" plug ends as well. Just cut the end off inside and attach it to the screw terminals of the outlet.
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Old 04-07-2019, 11:10 AM   #7
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I don't know if that is a good idea Anthony. That green cable does not look like it could handle 30 Amps, and why would you need an extension like that.
I'd think twice about using a set up like that. Does not look safe to me.

Just my 2 cents worth.
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Old 04-07-2019, 04:23 PM   #8
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Love it! Great idea. Sure would get a guy out of a bind.
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Old 04-07-2019, 04:28 PM   #9
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Keeping the "shore power" plugs dry here in the Pacific Northwet can be challenging. Here's a simple thing that seems to work pretty well. Cut the bottom out of a 2 Liter Mountain Dew bottle (must be MD or it won't work... ;-) Make a slit up one side terminated just before it necks down toward the lid, and cut a few short cuts to make an asterisk * shape at the end. Slide it over the cable and voila` instant umbrella. Hope this helps someone.
One way to keep the plugs dry but it looks like you are using a 20 amp extension cord with a converter type plug for your 30 amp service. Not a good idea if using more than lights. The bottle set up would work for a 30 amp extension cord also.
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Sorry, but honestly, I think that looks really tacky.
Why not just get something made to do what you're trying to do. Like these...

https://www.amazon.com/Cord-Connect-...SIN=B0092P32HC
I've got some of these cord protectors but they seem to fall apart and they are not water proof.
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I've got some of these cord protectors but they seem to fall apart and they are not water proof.



And they are not big enough. :-(
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Old 04-13-2019, 10:14 AM   #12
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Yeah and tool boxes.

I have done that a number of times.


1 liters will work pretty good for regular cords. And if I have to make junction out in the field to hook my 30A extension to my 30A plug for my scamp I use a tool box. I have a tool box I use to hold the blocks for leveling my scamp. It has notches in the ends. I run the cords through the notches, connect the plugs and then close the box. Get a bit of water in the bottom, but the connection stays dry.
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Old 04-13-2019, 10:36 AM   #13
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I have a plastic 14" tool box that I use to carry a standard RV water pump (used for obtaining fresh water from lake/river to fill transfer vessels), but never thought of modifying it for cord connect weather shielding.
Another job before season start!
Note: Our 30 Amp RV plug-in at home is fed by a 20 Amp Breaker and 20 Amp GFCI (because of wire size and proximity to grade). It's totally legal and adequate, unless I get stupid and try to operate all the 120 Volt appliances at the same time, at which time it will 'pop' the feed breaker, protecting the wire, which is the limiting factor on max breaker sizing. I also have a second circuit (20 Amp GFCI) at the diagonally opposite corner of my garage, that can service another RV, if needed.
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Old 04-13-2019, 04:32 PM   #14
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gotta wonder....

why not stuff both plugs just inside and close that lid with the cut-out/slide that's already there ? (???).....I must be missing something
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