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Old 04-06-2019, 09:31 PM   #1
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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.
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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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Old 04-13-2019, 10:09 AM   #11
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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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Old 04-13-2019, 05:07 PM   #15
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There are some problems with just stuffing the connections back inside: If both sides you are using are 30 Amp right-angle, it might fit behind the 'Door', but the 'Rodent Blocker' would soon deform to where it doesn't work. If you're using a 30 Amp to 15 Amp adapter in addition to the two cord ends, I think you'd be hard pressed to close the 'Door', the Rodent Blocker would surely be destroyed, and you'd stand a good chance of dropping the cord and/or adapter off behind the wall.
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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

If that is referencing my use of my tool box, what cut out os slide?
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Old 04-13-2019, 05:29 PM   #17
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I believe Franswa was assuming the 'Shore Power' was within reach of an extension cord, but not the 'Captive' RV cord.
I also think he's referring to the slide (with cut-out) in the stock port 'Door'.
I, personally, think your 'Tool Box' idea is great, and should even work with my extension. It's a 30 Amp RV receptacle mounted in a sealed, cast aluminum, weatherproof duplex box.
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Old 04-13-2019, 06:16 PM   #18
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A wet cord is not at all on my list of things to worry about but I don't see any harm if it's troublesome to others other than being a little tacky. But that too is in the eye of the beholder.
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Old 04-14-2019, 08:14 AM   #19
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Great Idea

I love this idea. Thank you for sharing. Always good to re-purpose items when you can. Also, I have that same green extension cord that I use when I am at home. Your set up looks just like ours.
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Old 04-15-2019, 02:20 PM   #20
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You are correct

It does indeed look really tacky. Perhaps that's it's charm. As for buying something made for the purpose, I tired, but the plug that came with my rig is a right angle plug and will not fit in the appliance to which you linked. I am still seeking a more elegant solution, but this was a quick and dirty fix until I can find such a thing.

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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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