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Posted: 03/12/19 01:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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... 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


trail-explorer wrote:

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


Yeah, because it's tangled & knotted inside it's storage compartment. [emoticon]

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If one would attach a tether behind the plug, the cord will not get knotted. I use a large carabiner clip that is attached inside using a nylon strap. My wife is in charge of the electrical connection and has no issue since aborting the detachable setup. Just enough cord is pulled out to reach, and it is always wiped as it is put back in. When I talc the slide seals, I talc the cord as well.





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Nice modification. I thought about doing the same as a mouse deterrent when camping. But instead I just jam a stick or wad of aluminum foil in the mouse hole to keep them out.

Yes a cold cord can be a pain to stow away. But typically by the time I get to the cord it's warmed up enough to easily push it back in the hole.


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Lynnmor wrote:

Westcoasting wrote:



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]


Like i said before i have never had a problem in 30 plus years of pushing the power cord back in so i won't be dragging nothing down the road! I see your point though, you still need a second extension on the power cord to get it to the park connection.

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The first camper we had, a Coleman pop-up, had a mouse hole and I really didn’t like it. I always wondered why it wasn’t done like a boat. When I did our cargo trailer conversion, I put in a Marinco set-up. Our third camper had that darn mouse hole. One of the first mods was to install a Marinco. Our current camper came with the Marinco.
I cannot imagine connecting any other way. The cord comes out of a Rubbermaid tote and goes back in, wet, dry, dirty, whatever.


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I have the style with the mouse hole where you push the cord back into the camper. Yes, it does get tangled up. (Thankfully mine is behind my kitchen drawers so I can pull them out to straighten it.)Yes, it is hard to push in and out, especially when cold. I would rather have the other style, I could make my kitchen drawers bigger then too. But, I will live with it the way it is.

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SoundGuy wrote:

Yeah, because it's tangled & knotted inside it's storage compartment. [emoticon]


You shouldn't have tied knots in it before stuffing it in the hole.


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Westcoasting wrote:

so i won't be dragging nothing down the road!


That means you are dragging everything....

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wrktfsh wrote:

...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


Was it similar to this?

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An easy way...

Only pull out one foot of the factory power cord out of the trailer, and then plug in a 30 amp extension cord to it. No wiring or rigging needed.

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