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Old 06-30-2009, 11:34 PM   #1
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the 50 amp cable hook up on my '08 southwind is difficult to get to. it sets in the back of the compartment at the rear of the coach. it is placed in a narrow compartment to the right of the utility compartment.

my question is: has anyone made a modification to this hook up to where it is easier to hook up to shore power....it is positioned in such a way that I can't see (visually) the plug when I try to hook it up, it's a touch and feel process. i feel that sometimes i can't get a snug secure fit.
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:16 AM   #2
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Build you an extension just long enough to reach where you can see what you are doing when you plug into shore power and then unplug your main cord when you get ready and leave the extension cord plugged in and leave it right where it is and you are ready to go at your next stop.
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Old 07-01-2009, 08:43 AM   #3
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Have you considered hard wiring it? Maybe also would be a good time to add a power guard. I'm just curious, once its plugged in, why unplug it? My 50 amp cord is hard wired but I did add a Progressive Industries protection.
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Old 07-01-2009, 02:48 PM   #4
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Ok, I'm not sure is this a MARINECO connector Yellow, usually, twist lock thing with a locking ring) or is it a hard wired cord?

I"d get a 50 amp plug and socket, If it's a Marineco connector in a compartment plug it in, bring the cord out near the compartment door and cut it (Hacksaw works, or cut off saw)

Now unplug the marineco connector and put something like a CAMCO Power Pull plug on the cut end of the cord

On the other cut end put a standard 50 amp outlet, and a strap so you can pull plug and socket apart

Now, you have a plug & socket, out of the weather (inside the compartment) where you can easily reach it

If you have a hard wired cord.... Same procedure save for references to the Marineco connector
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lp5151,

I know just what you're talking about. Our Bounder is the same way. That stupid compartment is only a few inches wide with a hole in the bottom for the powercord, stored in another compartment, to feed into the plug on the coach.

I haven't done it yet, but I'm looking for a 1ft 50a extension cord (I've seen a 30a one on RVUpgrades, but not a 50a). That'd be enough to get me from the plug in the coach out the bottom hole of that compartment where I could then attach my big cord to. Then, when done, I could just unplug my big cord from the extension, shove the extension up into the compartment & set the hole cover over the compartment hole.

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lp5151,

I know just what you're talking about. Our Bounder is the same way. That stupid compartment is only a few inches wide with a hole in the bottom for the powercord, stored in another compartment, to feed into the plug on the coach.

I haven't done it yet, but I'm looking for a 1ft 50a extension cord (I've seen a 30a one on RVUpgrades, but not a 50a). That'd be enough to get me from the plug in the coach out the bottom hole of that compartment where I could then attach my big cord to. Then, when done, I could just unplug my big cord from the extension, shove the extension up into the compartment & set the hole cover over the compartment hole.

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Lori, exactly my problem....i'll look into your solution, which sounds simple and should work......... I'll try to find the pig tail (extension) i need and you are looking for. great idea .

thanks, lp5151
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I have never seen a 1' 50 amp cord.. But re-read my earlier coach (It's nice that I now knwo just what you are talking about)

Simply get a plug, and an outlet and cut the current cord, add plug to the Rig end, and outlet to park end, and there you are.
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Building a 1-2 ft foot cord is not difficult and the connectors are available at many RV stores or online sales. Just cut a couple feet off your existing cord and add male and female connectors.

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