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Old 04-11-2012, 04:11 PM   #1
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Has anybody converted their mouse hole power cord outlet to a plug in Marinco cord plug. It looks like they have a great conversion kit. I hate pulling out that &%# power supply cord. I hate putting it back in even more. I always feel I'm pushing lots of dirt in with it. This Marinco conversion kit looks like a far better system. I am looking for a reliable source to purchase the kit. CW no longer sells them online. It looks like an easy upgrade. I would appreciate your imput. Why don't the manufacturers use this type of plug?
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I have 50 amp service on my MH and when I put it back in I just take a rag and wipe the cable off. Doesn't cost much of anything.
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Old 04-11-2012, 05:06 PM   #4
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Here's the simple (and dirt cheap) solution to the dirt on the cord "problem." Buy a bag of those brown Jersey gloves. Less than a $1/pair. Wear them when winding in your power cord (and hoses). As the cord (and hoses) goes in keep a gloved hand wrapped around the cord and magically all the grime just wipes off while you are winding it in! All coiled and clean in one step. Discard or wash when the gloves get really dirty. I have a couple pair in several of my frequently accessed compartments. They are just handy to have around. Even for fueling up.

The Marinco cord cover products looks like a lot of hassle and a solution in search of a problem. With the gloves, there is no problem. BTW - Marinco is available at marine supply shops like West Marine. Order online too.
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I did the conversion to our previous RV, a Trail-lite TT. In our case I made the decision after we were inundated by ants in SC one day.
As I recall the conversion was not difficult. I just cut the cord, leaving about 2' to work with, installed the receptacle over the cut out in the wall. (removing the plastic mouse hole first)
I don't remember if the kit came with a female connector or if I had to buy one. I have a 50' 30A power cord that went to my sailboat so I converted that as well, now I have an extra long cord for those state parks that always seem to have the electric pedestal placed in the worst possible location.
It was well worth doing, I recommend it. Try West Marine or possibly RV Upgrades?
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RVupgrades has it, but seems pricier than I remember. Check Amazon?
Detachable Power Conversion Kits, 50 Amp
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The Marinco detachable cord was an option on my Escape - a great idea!
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I must be slow, but wouldn't one still need to wind the cord and clean it off prior to storing in a compartment?
Just don't see the time savings.
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Has anybody converted their mouse hole power cord outlet to a plug in Marinco cord plug. It looks like they have a great conversion kit. I hate pulling out that &%# power supply cord. I hate putting it back in even more. I always feel I'm pushing lots of dirt in with it. This Marinco conversion kit looks like a far better system. I am looking for a reliable source to purchase the kit. CW no longer sells them online. It looks like an easy upgrade. I would appreciate your imput. Why don't the manufacturers use this type of plug?
That is the FIRST thing I did to our new Starcraft TT. I had to drill new holes to mount it but everything seal up great. The Surveyor we traded had the same type plug from the factory and I loved it. I did try to get the cord back in the mouse hole ONCE but it was almost impossible so I got the kit. I'm an electrician and was impressed with everything this kit has. You probably won't need everything as they include the parts for almost all situations. Very satisfied over all. BTW I ordered from Amazon.com: ParkPower by Marinco 30ARVKIT RV Detachable Power Conversion Kit (30-Amp): Sports & Outdoors
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I must be slow, but wouldn't one still need to wind the cord and clean it off prior to storing in a compartment?
Just don't see the time savings.
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I like the inlet & separate cord because it is one less opening for bugs & rodents to use, it's easier to coil a separate cord, and it doesn't get hung up in the storage area. I'll agree that you may still need to wipe a dirty cord...
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Well, I installed the Marinco 30 amp power supply and I am impressed. An easy upgrade and I just feel that there is less chance of bugs and rodents having a way to enter. I just feel that this is a superior way to hook up the power source.
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Have not done a conversion but have done work on my Marinco.. Easy conversion.

However a suggestion.. Marinco connectors are EXPENSIVE!!!!!!

Why not take the existing mouse hole cord and pull it out all the way, Now let it hand down and six inches to a foot above the ground attack with hack saw (DO NOT PLUG IT IN!!!!) Put a standard 30 or 50 amp (Depending on the cord) RV type plug on the part connected to the RV, and the matching outlet end on the part you hacked off.

Do not do like the guy who was previous owner of the TT I last had before I got this class A (He crossed a couple of wires) Follow the color conventions Green to Ground, White to the Neutral and the other wire(s) go to the other Screw(s) (black and red can be swapped, no harm there).


Cord ends are less expensive, and you can also buy much less expensive "Inlet" cords with this hook up (Standard RV extension cord)
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