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Old 08-01-2014, 05:32 AM   #1
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Best Way to Pass Wires into a Sealed Basement Compartment

I need to run some wires into my left rear compartment from the batteries for a freezer. I can either run them in through the port that usually contains the 50 Amp cord when tied to shore power or cut a hole somewhere to run power in through a conduit.

What have others done in this situation?

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Old 08-01-2014, 08:51 AM   #2
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Drill a hole , run your wiring , and fill the rest of the hole with silicone sealant. In 24 hrs. cure time it'll be water proof .

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Are you talking about right next door, just through a panel...or through an enclosed compartment where there's no access, dead space, and you need the wire to traverse the space to another compartment several feet away?

If so, how many feet, and how wide is the compartment you're starting from?
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Sounds like the 50 amp cord is in the compartment you want to put the freezer in? Either way, I'd poke separate hole.
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Old 08-01-2014, 01:58 PM   #5
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In your case I'd run conduit.. You need power to the freezer when on the road, thus the cord port is likely not the best choice if, that is, it leads to outside.
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Old 08-01-2014, 07:58 PM   #6
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You could simply use a uni-bit to drill a proper sized hole and use sealtite with water resistant connectors to run the new wire in. Sealtite is flexable and all this stuff can be found at the hardware store.
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Thanks for all the suggestions.

I ended up running a conduit from the batteries (just aft of the passenger side rear wheels) to the driver's side rear compartment where the freezer will be located. I ran the conduit up behind the compartment and put two 5/16" holes for the individual #10 wires. I then used two neoprene grommets in the holes to aid in keeping water out and to protect the wires from chafing. I will seal with silicone one the weather cooperates again. Running conduit under the coach is so easy because everything is huge unlike my Malibu that I just wired for towing. I spent the better part of two days running the four conductor trailer wire from front to back on that job.

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