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Old 08-27-2013, 07:49 PM   #1
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I am new to all of this and have a question that you may think is stupid.

I have a cargo trailer that we use for hauling a motorcycle and at destination we camp in it. We use a Honda generator for power but want to find an easy and pretty way to get the power inside the unit. I envisage some sort of housing that would accept the power cord from either the generator or shore power that goes through the side of the trailer and a receptacle on the inside that we can safely plug into for coffee pot, hair dryer, fan or whatever.

Does anyone have any clever solutions please?
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:56 PM   #2
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I've seen the connector, your after, on the side of every ambulance in B.C.; waterproof with a snap shut lid ; Can't remember the brand name , but I'll try and track it down, may require a special or fabricated power cord though.
Are you looking for 15/20 amp or 30 amp?

Leviton , P/N 59W49 , on their web page look for waterproof , dustproof , Single inlets. That one is yellow , but I know I've seen them in white.
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:34 PM   #3
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737 Captain, this is what I'd do. I would go to HOMEDEPOT or LOWES and get a circuit breaker box mount it on the inside of your trailer drill you hole thiugh the trailer and wire your trailer like a house. The generator would just plug in to the back of your breaker box . The inside wife your outlets to the breaker box .
If you go to Home Depot or Lowes they will help you and even draw you a diagram. I hope I was some help, it's late, I may not have explained it well. But the guys at Home Depot or Lowes will help. Please let me know how it turns out or what you did.
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:49 AM   #4
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Many RV's have Marinco marine grade power inlets, these are expensive... Most Electrical supplies can show you a 15 amp inlet with weather cover.

The "Big Box" stores (Lowes, Home Depot, Menards) in their electrical dept will sell a generator transfer switch.. you don't need it (Or perhaps you do, but that's up to you).

In this same area is a 30 amp 240 volt TWIST LOCK inlet in a weather box.. You would mount this on the REAR of your RV.. The inlet is accessed through the BOTTOM of the box. alas it does not have weatherproffing (Though you could add that fairly easily)

This is intended to be used as the Generator inlet for the transfer switch for a house

Another option would be a short cord,, Say 2-3 feet longer than what is needed to exit your RV via a small "Electrical hatch" portal (You can get those hatches at most large RV stores, including Camping World) with the proper plug, either a 30 or 50 amp RV plug or a twist lock.

Then the proper extension-adapter to the Generator

Or to shore.
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I am new to all of this and have a question that you may think is stupid.

I have a cargo trailer that we use for hauling a motorcycle and at destination we camp in it. We use a Honda generator for power but want to find an easy and pretty way to get the power inside the unit. I envisage some sort of housing that would accept the power cord from either the generator or shore power that goes through the side of the trailer and a receptacle on the inside that we can safely plug into for coffee pot, hair dryer, fan or whatever.

Does anyone have any clever solutions please?
I put one LIKE THIS under the gooseneck on my horse trailer and built a cable that runs from the genny (that stays in the bed of the pickup truck) to it.
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You Guys are the best. Thank you so much.

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Several years ago, I put a second A/C in an old Fifthwheel trailer. I bought a flush weather proof box that had a straight blade 120 volt plug. Just pluged an additional 10 gauge extension cord into the pedestal and the other into the box. It was similar to this; http://www.amazon.com/Leviton-5278-CWP-Receptacle-Industrial-Grounding/dp/B003ATXIBG
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This is what I used to get a cord inside my bike trailer.

Or many other choices
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