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Old 07-26-2021, 11:23 PM   #1
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Question about keeping plug safe?

I'm a full timer. I use an extension cord to plug into the outlet, and it just sits on the ground. What would you guys recommend to keep it safe from the elements? Is there a waterproof box that will work? I tried one but they all seem too small for the cord size. Thoughts?
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Old 07-26-2021, 11:29 PM   #2
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If you are staying hooked up at the same pedestal all the time , I would har wire it. Use underground wire. With plastic conduit coming out of the ground and into the RV
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Old 07-27-2021, 09:56 AM   #3
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I use a plastic bucket over the connection.
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Old 07-27-2021, 04:53 PM   #4
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I use a plastic bucket over the connection.
Great idea - cut a couple notches to handle the cords half way up the pail and you should be good in case of all these crazy flooding
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I seem to remember someone using a Rubbermaid container with snap-on lid, with notches cut in each end for the cord. You could buy large rubber grommets, cut them in two to fit over the cord, then cut the notches in the Rubbermaid to fit the grommets!
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Old 07-28-2021, 10:07 AM   #6
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In a pinch saran wrap works great. Done it many times with no issues. It is cheap as well.
Even the dollar store brand works very well for that.
Yep it's ghetto but it works.
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"In a pinch saran wrap works great. "

Now there's someone thinking. I like that
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Old 08-01-2021, 05:46 PM   #8
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Someone came up with using copy plastic 50 cal Ammo can. Most outdoor elect. panels have small over hangs rather than being air tight , using those panels need lower air vent or will sweat inside everywhere over and over because trapped water that's does get in, never gets out, becoming a terrarium .
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I use a plastic bucket over the connection.
I have used plastic bucket to cover the connections, I cut a small notch on each side of the buckets for the cords so I could keep the lid on for rain protection.
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I cut the bottom off a one-gallon water jug (at an angle, so it sheds water), notched the opposite corners, and put a fist-sized rock on top. It may not work as well as a pail for folks with large plugs/receptacles on their power cords, but it should cost less.

Almost forgot: At home I keep the connection off the ground by placing an upside-down milk crate under it. Rain goes right through. In Winter I have to keep the snow cleared off. The crate is too large to take on the road, though.
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I think I understand what several of these suggestions are, but a picture is worth a thousand words, and might save a bucket or two from destruction while developing the perfect solution.
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Don't have a pic but have seen on the forum before
The plastic bucket had 2 large "J" shaped slots cut in opposite sides of the bucket. The J is upright as shown when bucket is in normal open top upright and the bottom of the J curve is about 1/4-1/3 of the bucket height - closer to closed end..
Place the overturned bucket over the plug joint and simply raise the cords up the slot and insert each cord into the far end of the J.
That elevates and covers the cord connection to protect it from rain and standing water.
Can be used to store your cord extension until needed.
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Portable Surge Protector plugged into Pedestal
RV 50A Power cord plugged into Surge Protector
*30/50A adapter in the mix occasionally

NEVER covered any of the pug connections

all connections exposed to Rain/Snow/Sleet/Hail/Wind-Dust storms
Never had any 'connection' issues

When disconnecting cords/adapters I would give all prongs/blades a clean swipe with some emery cloth

When plugging connections together I give each Prong/blade a quick wipe with NO-OX-ID Electrical Contact Grease-
Bought a 2oz tub and couple small brushes about 10 yrs ago.
Haven't used up all of it yet

I would rather wipe/clean/grease vs messing around with buckets/tubs etc

Cord/Adapter/Surge Protector are 14 yrs old
**had to replace 50A Power Cord Male plug last week....ran over the cord with lawn mower
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When disconnecting cords/adapters I would give all prongs/blades a clean swipe with some emery cloth

When plugging connections together I give each Prong/blade a quick wipe with NO-OX-ID Electrical Contact Grease-
Bought a 2oz tub and couple small brushes about 10 yrs ago.
Haven't used up all of it yet

I would rather wipe/clean/grease vs messing around with buckets/tubs etc

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I like your method a whole lot more than fiddling with extra buckets. Everytime I read something on here, it seems like I need another widget or gadget or contraption. My pass through storage is filling up rapidly, and I detest having to take half a dozen things out to reach that one item I used sporadically.

I guess I understand why the manufacturers give us such a high cargo carrying load. They get kickbacks from the guys who make the accessories.
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