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Old 03-24-2012, 11:50 AM   #1
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Where Is the Access to replace 30 AMP cord

My Question has stemmed from the unfortunate post in here of the individual who had their 30 AMP cord stolen by it being cut off.

I have a 2000 Fleetwood Wilderness and the cord comes out the rear of my rig under the normal white plastic hinged door. When the cord is pushed into this area it must coil inside a vacant space when in tow.

My question is how do you gain access to this area to replace the cord if I ever had to?

Has anyone ever done this on a similar rig as mine and any information you can give would be welcome.
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Usually this cord is pushed back inside in the back of a cabinet or under a bunk. You pay have pry or unscrew a cabinet floor panel to gain access to the area.

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On my 5er, the space for the heavy 30-amp cord to curl up when on the road was covered with a panel that was attached with 4 screws. Remove those 4 screws and the panel and there was the cavity for the cord. The cord goes to the inverter, so the cavity is probably right beside your fuse panel.

To change cords, or to replace a cord that has been cut off, you'll probably need to remove the mounting screws from the inverter/fuse panel and pull it into the trailer, the same routine you'd go through to replace the inverter. Then you can access the screws that attach the incoming cord to the back/top of the inverter. So you shouldn't really need to get into the cord storage cavity if you can push the new cord up to the inverter and then fish it out of the cavity so you can attach it to the inverter.
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I see no such access panal. I do have a small built in stand with a flormica top that has the fuse box in in the bottom. When you say "inverter" are you talking about the unit that takes electrical current and charges the 5th Wheel's battery? If that is what you are referring to, My fuse box area must run wires from the power cord to my inverter which is located not in the fuse box area, but under the kitchen sink. Educate me if I am referring to the wrong thing.

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When you say "inverter" are you talking about the unit that takes electrical current and charges the 5th Wheel's battery?
Yeah. The inverter converts "shore power" to 12 VDC which is used to charge the battery, but also when shore power is available it's used to operate all the 12-volt stuff in the trailer - lights, water pump, furnace control and fan, and other 12-volt stuff. When shore power is not available, such as when boondocking with only the battery to provide juice, the 12-volt systems run off the battery instead of the inverter.
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Inverter changes 12 VDC to 120 VAC, Converter converts 120 VAC (shore power) to 12 VDC and also charges the battery (ies) in the RV.

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