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Posted: 05/25/20 05:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had used insert and twist for years. Never had a problem. Traded that trailer in for a Van Leigh Beacon. 50 amp cord is on reel in service compartment. Push button and it rolls in. Either way works.


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There is a reason the twist lock is required in marine equipment, it's solid & water proof.


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lagreca wrote:

I was wondering if anyone has converted their twist lock shore power connection to something more robust?

I don't really like the current default setup where the shore power cable screws into the side of the trailer and sticks out.

I used to have a Class A motorhome that had a built in shore power cable, and it could just hang out a hatch hole on the bottom of the compartment.

Has anyone done a conversion like this? If you have, could you please share pictures?


If you have a 30AMP twist loc cable, that twist loc tech is from the 1930's hospital connector and really past it's pull date. Our Bighorn has a 50AMP power reel. I wish our little 50amp commuter trailer had a similar power reel.


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Edd505 wrote:

There is a reason the twist lock is required in marine equipment, it's solid & water proof.


More boats and marina fires have been caused by those old 30AMP twist locked than any other reason.

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This is a good read comparing the twist lock to the Smart Plug.
https://marinehowto.com/shore-power-cords-smartplug-vs-1938/


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Lynnmor wrote:

I got rid of the miserable and dangerous connection in the trailer wall and hardwired the cord.

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Rich1961 wrote:

This is a good read comparing the twist lock to the Smart Plug.
https://marinehowto.com/shore-power-cords-smartplug-vs-1938/


I was on our previous communities harbor committee for 11 or 12 years, and when Smart Plug was first coming to the market they did a presentation for the marina and our committee. It is a great product. During that period we had three or four fires, with one being a major fire. I headed up booming the scene as soon fire was out, which keep the Coast Guard from nationalizing the cleanup, saving the marina and boat owns from really large bills. I got our harbor master to wake the docks with a infrared heat gun looking for over heated shore power connections. I also get him a current clamp meter. If you clamp around the whole marine cable and get a amp reading, then current is returning via the water and not the neutral in the cable, equals hot harbor. Which is not good.

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kennethwooster wrote:

I had used insert and twist for years. Never had a problem. Traded that trailer in for a Van Leigh Beacon. 50 amp cord is on reel in service compartment. Push button and it rolls in. Either way works.


So do you wonder how the rotating contact is accomplished in your power reel???

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rhagfo wrote:

kennethwooster wrote:

I had used insert and twist for years. Never had a problem. Traded that trailer in for a Van Leigh Beacon. 50 amp cord is on reel in service compartment. Push button and it rolls in. Either way works.


So do you wonder how the rotating contact is accomplished in your power reel???


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Posted: 05/25/20 08:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rhagfo wrote:

Lynnmor wrote:

I got rid of the miserable and dangerous connection in the trailer wall and hardwired the cord.

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Nice entrance point for mouse.


Only if you are too dumb to close and lock the door.

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