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Old 02-17-2013, 10:32 AM   #29
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I see a few posts relative to this subject that have a male plug attached to the trailer wall and am just curious as to why it's not a female plug.
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:50 AM   #30
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I see a few posts relative to this subject that have a male plug attached to the trailer wall and am just curious as to why it's not a female plug.
Because an extension cord has one male end and one female end. If it had two male ends, you could plug it in and be exposed to the live electrical prongs on the other end.
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:00 PM   #31
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I pulled the benches out of my Scamp yesterday and the area where the cable goes is now exposed. I must say it is a terrible waste of space. The cable goes everywhere and has the option to become twisted, not to mention a big rodent nest. Thankfully everything is dead but it was pretty ugly in there.
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This is on my to do list as well! 2012 trailer but I already cracked part of the lip on the inside of mine by bein below freezing temp trying to pull the power cord out(dam plastic lol). So need to measure the hole and find a suitable replacement. Its not a bad afternoon project!

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Old 02-18-2013, 01:48 AM   #33
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Well that makes a lot of sense ....... learn something every day eh? thanks Tom
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:14 AM   #34
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Great mod. If I did it again, I would buy just the outlet part, get a pre-made cord with a 90* end on the camper side, and turn my old one into an extension cord.

In fact, that's what I'm going to do. I don't like how far the straight connector sticks out of the side of the camper.

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Old 02-18-2013, 07:17 AM   #35
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Plug sticking out hasn't been a problem

I installed the Marinco conversion shown earlier in this thread about a year ago and have had no problem with the plug sticking out. The female plug twists to lock onto the male and the outer ring locks it further. The water connection sticks out as well and is only a short distance away.

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Great mod. If I did it again, I would buy just the outlet part, get a pre-made cord with a 90* end on the camper side, and turn my old one into an extension cord.

In fact, that's what I'm going to do. I don't like how far the straight connector sticks out of the side of the camper.

I thought about that but couldn't find a 90 degree connector that locked. I was tempted to just put a standard 30 amp male plug in the old hole (I saw that mod on this board) and then buy a regular 90 degree push on style. Can be done very cheap.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:07 AM   #37
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Here's a locking 90 degree connector:
Amazon.com: Marinco 30A Right Angle Cordset Adapter: Sports & Outdoors

I've seen it as low as $38.

FWIW, I personally like having the cord onboard the trailer, never had a tangle, don’t see the storage area as a potential storage area for anything other than the cord. Another example of to each his/her own.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:18 AM   #38
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I forgot about those little extenders.

"FWIW, I personally like having the cord onboard the trailer, never had a tangle, don’t see the storage area as a potential storage area for anything other than the cord. Another example of to each his/her own."

I see your point, I truthfully haven't had any major problems either. I am totally redoing my whole electrical system and rebuilding all my lower cabinets so this was a simple solution to several difficulties I'm working out (entry point, storage, etc). Plus I purchased a nice new sewer hose that won't fit in the old storage area causing me to purchase and install a larger one, I'll use the old one to store my cable.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:39 AM   #39
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The issues with the power and water sticking out may only be a problem with certain makes and years of trailers. I dont know about Scamp 5th wheels but I know that it wasnt until after 92 that Scamp moved the connections to the drivers side of the 16' trailer where most campgrounds have their power and water connections located. Mine are on the passenger side where most outdoor activity around the trailer takes place so they do tend to get bumped or tripped over, so right angle connections for both power and water help but dont totally resolve the problem.

I would be afraid if I was to use the disconnect system that I would accidently leave behind a real important piece of equipment. I figure you need to store the cord someplace so it may as well be with the trailer so its not possible to forget it. I pulled the rear bench out a few months back and was actually pretty happy with how clean the area was but I do use a towel to wipe the cord off as I push it back into the trailer. I also replaced the original cover as the one on it when I got it wasnt going to stop much of anything from getting into the trailer.
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I installed the Marinco conversion shown earlier in this thread about a year ago and have had no problem with the plug sticking out. The female plug twists to lock onto the male and the outer ring locks it further. The water connection sticks out as well and is only a short distance away.

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I have a 90* connection for the water, also. It's right by the door, and right under the awning. I don't want to chance it getting hit.

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I thought about that but couldn't find a 90 degree connector that locked. I was tempted to just put a standard 30 amp male plug in the old hole (I saw that mod on this board) and then buy a regular 90 degree push on style. Can be done very cheap.
This is the cord I'm getting. http://store.rvdirect.com/rvdirect/d...l&ITEM=3600300

I'll turn the original cord into an extension cord, although it will probably never be needed.

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Here's a locking 90 degree connector:
Amazon.com: Marinco 30A Right Angle Cordset Adapter: Sports & Outdoors

I've seen it as low as $38.

FWIW, I personally like having the cord onboard the trailer, never had a tangle, don’t see the storage area as a potential storage area for anything other than the cord. Another example of to each his/her own.
My reason was that I didn't like the open hole in the camper, the cord kept getting caught on the water tank, and I'm also going up to a 20 gallon water tank, so there wouldn't be much room for it.

I don't see the worry about leaving it behind. I follow a simple rule with anything like that. As soon as you disconnect it, PUT IT AWAY! There should be no reason for it to get disconnected, then thrown on the ground or something and left behind.
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Here's a locking 90 degree connector:
Amazon.com: Marinco 30A Right Angle Cordset Adapter: Sports & Outdoors

I've seen it as low as $38.

FWIW, I personally like having the cord onboard the trailer, never had a tangle, donít see the storage area as a potential storage area for anything other than the cord. Another example of to each his/her own.
The Marinco set up was a factory option with my Escape. I use the space the cord took up for a Progressive EMS-HW30C Surge Protector and a Xantrex ProWatt SW 1000 watt inverter.
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I don't see the worry about leaving it behind. I follow a simple rule with anything like that. As soon as you disconnect it, PUT IT AWAY! There should be no reason for it to get disconnected, then thrown on the ground or something and left behind.
I do normally put stuff away as I pack up and do a walk around the trailer once fully hooked up as well, but distractions do happen...like the folks next door really want to see the trailer before you pull away. Once left a small portable BQ behind that was sitting under a picnic table. Those are the occasions that I really wish to be young and have a good memory again!
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