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Old 06-11-2019, 06:16 PM   #1
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Shoreline conversion question

Hi all,

Working on our new to us 2016 Z-1 18SS and I would like to upgrade the shoreline to the disconnecting type (think Furrion or Marinco). All I can find for upgrade kits are for the round mouse hole style.

The Z-1 has a square hatch (approx 7.5x6.5), not a round hole.

Any ideas on where I can pick up a kit similar to the round mouse hole kits to upgrade my camper? I am ok with adding the inlets manually (both power and solar), but don't even know where to look for a blank to cover the opening if I can't find the upgrade kit.

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Old 06-11-2019, 06:52 PM   #2
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I also thought about doing this. So here are my thoughts.

1. The existing cord comes with a built in storage compartment. A detachable power cord has to be stored somewhere else and is rather bulky.

2 If the power post is close to the existing door I can pull out the amount of cord needed. With a detachable cord it all lays on the ground. If its raining the whole cord is a mess to put up while with the existing setup just wipe the part that is out and I am done.

3 What to do with the door? They make a door with a lock that does not have the cutout for the cord. But I still have a door.

4 Cost. The new connectors - The new door - and probably a new power cord plus my time to connect then.

5 What would I gain? The only thing that came to mind was a messy cord that has to be stored somewhere that would take up space I could use for something else.

These were my thoughts.. Now Yes they do make a blank door and you could possibly mount the connector behind it. So it is doable. Let us know what you decide and how you did it.

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Old 06-11-2019, 07:13 PM   #3
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I did something similar some years back.

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Old 06-12-2019, 06:40 AM   #4
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Here is a link to the write up when I did mine. Maybe it will be of some help.
The pics have been taken down. That was back when we had to use photo bucket.
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:41 AM   #5
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Good job on the conversion Lloyd. You could also mount the new connector below or to the side of the cord door and then still use the storage for the new cord. Just curious as to the reason for the conversion. Was it to repurpose the cord storage to inside storage?
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:06 AM   #6
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Mainly it was to close the opening to prevent mice/critters from crawling up the cord and getting in the camper.
I didn't have any plans beyond that at the time.
When I installed the surge guard, that was the area/space needed to place that. So it turned out to be a double win for me.
Picture of the surge guard in the space the cord use to occupy.
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:05 AM   #7
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When I did mine a few years ago, I bought a weather proof plug online. It came with a flip up cover and I mounted it on a plate. My main reason was for critters. I camped at a RV park that was in an Orange Grove outside Bakersfield, CA. The ants were horrific and they infested the RV and came up the power cord. It took us days to finally rid ourselves of the pests.
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As far as ants go, If I suspect we are in an area where they are prevalent, I spray an eco friendly ant spray on everything that touches the ground and leads up to the Rv.


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I did mine a few years ago I would never have a push in cord again.

The space I gained inside is now converted to house my hard-wired Surge Guard protection system and a locker for my pooches supplies.

The cord gets stored in the front compartment when we're not plugged in.

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Thank you all for the replies! I think I have some direction moving forward.

Will post pictures as I finish it up!

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