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Here's a project I did about 2 weeks ago.

It's the same style inlet that I have on my truck camper.

Here's the other thread of mine which has the details.

I'm sharing it here since this is a popular mod for travel trailer owners.


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deltabravo wrote:

Here's a project I did about 2 weeks ago.

It's the same style inlet that I have on my truck camper.

Here's the other thread of mine which has the details.

I'm sharing it here since this is a popular mod for travel trailer owners.


Good job on this mod, I'm just not sure on the practicality of it though. I've never had an issue storing the power cord in a rv, is this the only reason for it?

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Westcoasting wrote:

deltabravo wrote:

Here's a project I did about 2 weeks ago.

It's the same style inlet that I have on my truck camper.

Here's the other thread of mine which has the details.

I'm sharing it here since this is a popular mod for travel trailer owners.


Good job on this mod, I'm just not sure on the practicality of it though. I've never had an issue storing the power cord in a rv, is this the only reason for it?


I can't speak about the electric cord mod shown above. It has a rather sizable door opening to replace the cord. However, my trailer had the more common "mouse hole" style power cord holder. That is a pain in the rear when trying to put a cold power cord back in the trailer. Also, especially when cold, it could get in a huge tangle, and be next to impossible to get out the next time it was needed.

On my first trailer, I had to take out the mouse hole so I could stick my hand down in the storage compartment and untangle the cord.

One of the first mods I did to my current Jayco 23RB was install a Marinco detachable power cord. It works great.


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I replaced the pullout mouse hole cord several months ago with a marine type. Too much of a pain .
The mouse hole cut out was was too large for the bulkhead mount marine plug so I cut a piece of hdpe plastic to go over it with a proper sized hole for the new receptacle

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Due to a poor factory installation, loose wires, troublesome plastic ring, poor connection, possible fire hazard, storage space and the need to get out the entire cord, I got rid of the stupid detachable setup.

Since I didn't produce a YouTube video to make money, here are Photos





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I too have installed a Marinco kit on several trailers we've owned but a no cost solution that I've also employed is to cut the main service cable back so it's just long enough to reach the trailer's rear bumper where the connection to an extension cable can be made yet kept up off the ground where water could pool. This works particularly well with popups and hybrids which offer the additional protection from rain with the rear bed platform extending over the connection point.

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With a travel trailer simply tuck the connection under the body of the trailer, under a slide, or within a wheelwell. Solves the problem of trying to stuff 25' of stiff main service cable back in through a mousehole and costs nothing. [emoticon]

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SoundGuy wrote:

I too have installed a Marinco kit on several trailers we've owned but a no cost solution that I've also employed is to cut the main service cable back so it's just long enough to reach the trailer's rear bumper where the connection to an extension cable can be made yet kept up off the ground where water could pool. This works particularly well with popups and hybrids which offer the additional protection from rain with the rear bed platform extending over the connection point.

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With a travel trailer simply tuck the connection under the body of the trailer, under a slide, or within a wheelwell. Solves the problem of trying to stuff 25' of stiff main service cable back in through a mousehole and costs nothing. [emoticon]


This is a great idea and one doesn't have to roll up the cord and store it after [emoticon]

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This is a great idea and one doesn't have to roll up the cord and store it after [emoticon]


As you drag that cord down the highway, wouldn't you be concerned that it might become unplugged? [emoticon]

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Nice upgrade. I will look in to doing the same once the snow melts.


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SoundGuy wrote:

... but a no cost solution that I've also employed is to cut the main service cable back so it's just long enough to reach the trailer's rear bumper where the connection to an extension cable can be made yet kept up off the ground


Easier solution is to just not pull the entire 25' cable out.

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