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Old 02-20-2014, 04:25 PM   #1
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30 Amp Receptacle Replacement

My 30 amp setup is to say the least is "crapola". The Jbox is housed in a little 10"W x 10"H x 13"D cubbie hole on the back street side of the 5er and under it is the water pump (same size cubbie hole) and the cobweb of hoses (that's another story). Any way, I replaced the Jbox with the Progressive 30amp EMS system I took out of our former TT. Trying to get the last 8 to 10 inches of the cord back in the hole is a real job cuz the small size of the cubbie hole it's housed in. My question to you electrical experts. I would like to remove the inlet fitting where the cable slides into the 5er and replace it with a 30 amp outlet fitting so I can plug the cord into it and then unplug it and store it in the storage bin. What I'm looking for is one that is round & hopefully the same diameter (5 & 1/8) so it would fit in the same hole. Our RV stores here have nothing even close & I've been searching the internet but have not found anything yet. Have any of you done this mod and/or know of any outlets (stores) that might have anything close to what is in the side of the 5er. Any and all ideas welcomed.

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Old 02-20-2014, 04:42 PM   #2
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Milo -

Marinco has a 30A adapter/conversion kit which I installed at the rear of our RV. I got tired of fighting with cord and trying to push it all the way into the compartment. I also found that the cord somehow managed to tangle itself in such a state that it formed a knot inside and I couldn't pull it out.

You can buy the pieces separately or get it in kit form. I ended up buying a new cord with the 30A twist lock end on it. Now I take out the separate cord, attach it to the Marinco female end and no more worries about gremlins who rejoice in making knots in the cord.

I think CW has either the kit or the separate components ---- 30A cord conversion kit .
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Old 02-20-2014, 04:58 PM   #3
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The cheapest Ive found the Marinco kit is at Amazon.com. Here's the link:

http://www.amazon.com/ParkPower-Mari...+30+amp+rv+kit

Amazon also has an "off brand" that supposedly is just as good as Marinco, but I can't attest to the quality. I went with Marinco because I know what quality it is. Anyway, here's the Connnetk kit. It's about $40 cheaper than Marinco.

http://www.amazon.com/Conntek-RV30CV...+30+amp+rv+kit

Now, if when you start trying to install the kit and the adapter plate won't cover your entire present cutout for the mousehole, don't panic. Simply go to WalMart, buy a white plastic cutting board and fabricate your own plate to install over the mousehole.

I think either kit will work well for most RV use, as I said, I went with Marinco because I've always had good luck with their products and I know the quality is good.
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:52 PM   #4
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Also check camping world. I just saw at mine yesterday that they had the furrion version of those on clearance for 85. On the last one I picked up a marinco one on clearance for 75. But the one Jrtjh posted for 50 is a great deal.

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Old 02-20-2014, 06:16 PM   #5
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How is this idea? ..What if I leave the original inlet receptacle there (pass thru) and cut the cord and put a female plug on the part that comes from the 5er and a male plug on the shore cord or vise versa and plug em together and just push the female plug just back in the inlet door and close the door when not in use or in motion. When both are hooked together it could be just inside the door to keep it from getting wet. You think that would work. Hope I explained it right.
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Old 02-20-2014, 06:22 PM   #6
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It should work but how much are you going to spend on the pieces compared the kit? Especially the 50 dollar one posted above?

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Old 02-20-2014, 06:40 PM   #7
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How is this idea? ..What if I leave the original inlet receptacle there (pass thru) and cut the cord and put a female plug on the part that comes from the 5er and a male plug on the shore cord or vise versa and plug em together and just push the female plug just back in the inlet door and close the door when not in use or in motion. When both are hooked together it could be just inside the door to keep it from getting wet. You think that would work. Hope I explained it right.
That would be the easy way ... using Hubbel plug and connector would cost around $65. + shipping unless you get them local.
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How is this idea? ..What if I leave the original inlet receptacle there (pass thru) and cut the cord and put a female plug on the part that comes from the 5er and a male plug on the shore cord or vise versa and plug em together and just push the female plug just back in the inlet door and close the door when not in use or in motion. When both are hooked together it could be just inside the door to keep it from getting wet. You think that would work. Hope I explained it right.
I really like that idea! Simple, and takes care of the problem.
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:25 AM   #9
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Post Plug and Play EMS

If I understand what you are doing that method would also give you the capability of installing a hardwired EMS. Install appropriate cable and plugs to the input and output sides of the EMS and basically just plug it in. In event EMS fails simply unplug it and you are ready to go again
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Old 02-21-2014, 02:08 PM   #10
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I cut my cord with enough on the trailer end to hardwire to the EMS, then cut another piece to go from the EMS to a hardwired inlet, so I can have a detachable cord. I personally don;t see much to be gained by any of this if you still have to fish out a plug and connect to it, but that's just me.
My EMS is also installed with interlocking 30A plugs, so in the event it should fail, I can remove it, reconnect the plugs and I have power again.
I'm also going to add a second 30A service and run it to a second panel so I can split the loads between the to services. That will run off of a 50A breakout box that I already have built. I also have an addition 20A inlet installed that I use to run space heaters or anything else that I don't want to run off the 30A service, so when completed, I'll have 80A of service.
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