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Old 09-30-2015, 09:51 AM   #15
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I would think they did away with them strictly for looks.
Let's face it, it was'nt an attractive piece, stuck on the side of coaches !
That would be why I was asking specifically if anyone had done anything clever and elegant.

I'm thinking about the block heater idea. I don't use mine since I have the AquaHot and usually use it to heat the engine before firing. I have seen the block heater cord inside the engine bay, I'll look and see if there is a 110 source in there. I could run a cord, or possibly hide the outlet in the small compartment at the very rear of the coach - I have one behind the wheels and the battery box.
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On my coach its directly above where the block heater cord hangs on left (DS) behind radiator.


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Old 09-30-2015, 02:42 PM   #17
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I have the block heater electric outlet in the engine compartment, upper left side. Nice thing about that is it is switchable from inside for powering up lights or whatever you hook to it. To the original question, I have a plug in the third bay passenger side and a plastic opening in the floor for letting it outside and being able to shut the door without pinching the seal. I guess that is why I don't have one built in the side of the coach. Cleaner look? JMO Randy
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I have the block heater electric outlet in the engine compartment, upper left side. Nice thing about that is it is switchable from inside for powering up lights or whatever you hook to it. To the original question, I have a plug in the third bay passenger side and a plastic opening in the floor for letting it outside and being able to shut the door without pinching the seal. I guess that is why I don't have one built in the side of the coach. Cleaner look? JMO Randy
Same setup as mine. I can drape the extension cord out the bottom of the compartment and run it along the side of the coach to the trailer and it is "almost" undetectable.

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I have the block heater electric outlet in the engine compartment, upper left side. Nice thing about that is it is switchable from inside for powering up lights or whatever you hook to it. To the original question, I have a plug in the third bay passenger side and a plastic opening in the floor for letting it outside and being able to shut the door without pinching the seal. I guess that is why I don't have one built in the side of the coach. Cleaner look? JMO Randy
Just curious if that was factory? I'd still like to have an outside plug, or at least one where I don't have to go inside the bay to use it.
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Just curious if that was factory? I'd still like to have an outside plug, or at least one where I don't have to go inside the bay to use it.
I would assume Randy's is OEM. The one in our Dynasty is from the factory setup that way. The 120VAC electrical outlet in the engine bay for the block heater is activated by a 12VDC switch and relay. The switch is on the dash labeled "Block Heater". I also have one labeled "Engine Heat" which is tied to the Aqua-Hot circulation pump to provide engine pre-heat.

I have seen this same setup on multiple Monaco coaches so again, I would assume Randy's Navigator is factory as well.

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Just curious if that was factory? I'd still like to have an outside plug, or at least one where I don't have to go inside the bay to use it.
Yes, it was factory installed on my coach. In fact, their are plugs in all my bays that are used for storage. Just this particular bay has a way to get the cord outside for use without pinching it in the door.
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As far as installing one all it takes is a flat spot big enough to put a hole for a box in and still leave material to keep the panel strong. Use a waterproof box cover. The biggest problem will probably be picking the box. You probably want a sealed box one with a flange. Some of the rework boxes look interesting as they are designed to clamp into a panel. Depending on the panel thickness it might be worth adding a stiffener inside the panel. If I decided to wire it into a door panel I'd use SJO wire and a waterproof strain relief with a service loop to a surface mounted box inside or with a plug to an existing box inside. Just make sure the loop is big enough for the door to open. ;-))
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There are some out there that don't look to bad -

http://www.internationalconfig.com/c...pages/pg90.pdf

and some that look pretty clever -

http://http://www.aliexpress.com/item/15A-110V-Slim-Design-Stainless-Steel-Floor-Socket-North-America-Style-Waterproof-Electric-Socket-SPD-2F/32352392120.html

I prefer to learn from the experiences of others when I can. The second one is pretty slick but I have doubts about how clean it would stay in an automotive environment.
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Toss a 12 ga Extension cord under the coach to the service side, Plug into park's 20 amp outlet.. instant 15 amp outlet on patio .. Plug a six outlet "Surge Guard" thingy into the 12ga cord and you have more outlets than any other RVer out there.
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Toss a 12 ga Extension cord under the coach to the service side, Plug into park's 20 amp outlet.. instant 15 amp outlet on patio .. Plug a six outlet "Surge Guard" thingy into the 12ga cord and you have more outlets than any other RVer out there.
Good suggestion, but sometimes that would require a couple of miles of cord.
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If I take the refer vent cover off, I can access the outlet that supplies 120V for the refer. Mine is a dual outlet, GFI protected, and the refer connection uses only one. It's very handy since it's on the side with the awning.
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If I take the refer vent cover off, I can access the outlet that supplies 120V for the refer. Mine is a dual outlet, GFI protected, and the refer connection uses only one. It's very handy since it's on the side with the awning.
That is an interesting suggestion. It is the other side of the coach from where I was thinking, but I've also wanted power over there on many occasions.
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There are some interesting ideas here. Paul's second link looks pretty good. Although not water-tight, perhaps it could be modified.

If any outlet is recessed and virtually flush with the side of the coach, I don't think it would look bad. Some sort of gasketed enclosure would be great. Hmmmm... Gets me to thinking.

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