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Old 07-27-2014, 03:23 PM   #1
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Does your RV have an Innie or an Outie?

Hello everybody! Wondering why some RV's have the shore-power cord receptacle on the outside (an "Outie"), and others have one on the inside of the electrical compartment (an "Innie")? Our son accidentally ripped our "Outie" receptacle off when his monster truck jeep mirror snagged the 50-amp cord as he was driving by our coach in a circular drive. Luckily, the only damage was to the cord and the receptacle, since the cord had been unplugged while using another extension cord. I do not want to think about what could have happened if the cord had been plugged-in! The receptacle on our coach sits up off the ground over 4', which has caused me to trip over it many times. Now that I have to repair it, has anybody moved it to the electrical compartment, making it an "Innie"? This would also correct the problem with the male plug always trying to separate at the 90-degree angle as the cord bends from the receptacle towards the ground. And, I could finally get a Progressive EMS hardwired unit mounted inside the compartment, too. Thank you all very much for any advice, I have already learned so much from this website!
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Old 07-27-2014, 03:28 PM   #2
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Hi Bruce & Judy! Our 50A power cord is in a compartment with an electric reel that runs it in and out.
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Old 07-27-2014, 03:43 PM   #3
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I want one! We both recently retired, and are seriously considering living in an RV full-time. Our Dolphin is only 33' in length, so when we decide to go bigger, an electric cord reel will be on my list. Thanks!
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:12 PM   #4
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Ours is also inside a compartment. Cord runs out below. Nice to keep it out of the way and the drop cord under the coach.
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One more vote for the Innie, Our old coach we did not have a reel and it was a major pain to hook up the 50 amp so I often settled for 30 amps just so I didn't have to mess with digging out the heave 50 amp cord. Love my Innie!
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Old 07-27-2014, 07:29 PM   #6
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Mine is in a compartment with an electric reel. Goes out of the bottom, run it along the edge of the MH to plug it in.
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Old 07-27-2014, 09:51 PM   #7
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I have never owned a coach where the electrical cord connected to the outside. I have wondered if that was a good or bad idea. Thank you for answering that question for me. My present coach had a cord with a twist lock that connected in the service bay, I got tired of that, so I installed an electric cord reel. Much better now.
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Old 07-27-2014, 10:05 PM   #8
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Does your RV have an Innie or an Outie?

I certainly agree that an "innie" power cord configuration with a 12V electric cord reel and hardwired surge/power protection device is ideal. In fact more than ideal with a heavy 30' 50 Amp power cord! We definitely take full advantage of our "ideal" electrical bay! We added the power cord reel and hardwired SurgeGuard Plus with remote monitor display ourselves.
Whether the OP's coach can be converted from an "outie" to an "innie" depends at least in part on the existing set up, but would presumably be possible with proper planning, suitable materials and adherence to applicable electrical codes.
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Old 07-28-2014, 01:36 AM   #9
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Me too with the reel. My reel had the teeth break on the gears. I wasted no time in getting a new reel. Winding it up by hand one time was enough for me.
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Have had three innies and one outie. Much prefer an innie.
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We've had 3 "innies" on 2 TTs and our current MH - and 1 "outie". It was a marine male receptacle on the outside of our fondly remembered 2003 Glendale Titanium 32E37DS 5th wheel, with a locking female plug on the detachable 25' 50 Amp power cord. I recall that cord as pretty heavy to roll up and pack, although it seems I was much younger then...
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That sounds like the receptacle on our coach. The female lock ring broke, and several wires were pulled out of the female plug on the cord. And the receptacle was broken in half and partially pulled out of the side of the coach. The plan is to do exactly what you stated in your previous post, to plan it out, make sure it can be done safely, and prevent this "accident waiting to happen" from occurring again. Thanks!
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Bruce,
You're welcome. Sounds like a "plan"!
I'm sure you'll be happier with a properly installed "innie". Trust things will fall into place smoothly!
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