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Old 04-10-2015, 05:50 PM   #1
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120v to Cargo trailer

I would like to add 120v ac inlet to my 27' cargo trailer. Like some kind of weather proof outside box that connects to a box inside. Anyone done this?
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Any decent electrical supply store can sell you a weatherproof covered connector and box for the outside. It only takes the correct length nipple to get through the wall to another box. I would do any runs from there in conduit. YMMV Surface mount fittings are common in industrial applications so easy to get.
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I didn't add mine, the trailer came already wired for interior lights+outlets, and weatherproof outlets outside. The shore power connection has a weatherproof cover.
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There are basically three types of inlets you can choose from

1: Marinco...Most RV stores wiil have these in both 30 amp (120 volt only) and 50 amp (120/240 volt) CAUTION EXPENSIV

2: Twist lock,, You often see these as the 20 or 30 amp outlet on a generator.. ANY electrical supply... Lowes,, Home depot.. Most hardwares.

3: Standard 15 or 20 amp... These push straight on pull straight off

15 amp uses a standard extension cord (I suggest 12ga) 20 needs 12ga or heavier and a special outlet (The neutral blade on a 20 is turned sideways) They make outlet ends that accept either.

I recommend the twist lock
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I did look at the Marinco and liked it best. And 120v is all I need. Problem is that there is only 1 1/2" thick walls. If I punch a hole in the outside, then what? The inside is not a problem. Some of the covers aren't made for a blast of water hitting them while driving.
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I installed a standard 110 trailer hatch in the drivers side front corner. Inside I have a hard wired 110 cable that pulls out and plugs into a utility outlet I added in the MH electrical compartment. Also added a remote start switch in the trailer for the MH genset so I can start/stop the gen from the workbench.

Amazon.com: JR Products 22132-A Polar White Large 30/50 Amp Key Lock Electric Cable Hatch: Automotive
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I installed a standard 110 trailer hatch in the drivers side front corner. Inside I have a hard wired 110 cable that pulls out and plugs into a utility outlet I added in the MH electrical compartment. Also added a remote start switch in the trailer for the MH genset so I can start/stop the gen from the workbench.

Amazon.com: JR Products 22132-A Polar White Large 30/50 Amp Key Lock Electric Cable Hatch: Automotive
Not waterproof. This cover will leak when driving.
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Not waterproof. This cover will leak when driving.
It's been on there 10 years. No leaks yet. Standard utility hatch cover used in a gazillion trailers. I do have a box built around it on the interior of the trailer to house the cable. Do you intend to have the 110VAC connected while driving?
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Power for my trailer enters thru the floor and I use the block heater outlet in the engine compartment.
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Power for my trailer enters thru the floor and I use the block heater outlet in the engine compartment.
This is what I plan to do. My trailer has a "V"Nose and if I put the inlet low and on the "V" the water will hit it dead on. So, one of the marine type with a screw on cover will work for me.
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