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Old 09-13-2010, 08:06 AM   #1
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I've read about others doing this mod and I decided to give it a try. We leave our trailer plugged in all winter long and I'm always worried about mice climbing up the power cord and getting into the trailer. I also wanted to close up another source for cold air to get in.
I purchased a marine shore power receptacle from Marco and the mating plug. I cut a 1/2" piece of plywood about 2" wider than the hole and just high enough to fit through the hole corner to corner.
I cut a hole in the plywood to accommodate the receptacle.





I cut and stripped my power cord so about 18" was hanging outside the trailer. I installed the wires and screwed the receptacle to the plywood. I applied a generous amount of silicone sealant around the edge and slid the assembly into the hole and screwed it in place with four screws.



I put the plug on the other cut end of the cord and I was good to go.



I really like this mod and it looks good too.


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Old 09-13-2010, 09:43 AM   #2
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Nice job. I did something similar on my 07 cruiser. Much better than pushing cord through the small hole, especially in winter when you travel in 20 degree weather.
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:29 AM   #3
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Very nice! I want to do something like that but underneath the trailer because we "skirt" for the winters.
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Old 09-13-2010, 01:13 PM   #4
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I also did something very similar, only I recessed mine back a bit so I could close the power door with the plug in. Sealed around the wood with silicone and no more shoving a cord back into the hole, no more chances of critters getting inside as a bonus!!

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Old 09-16-2010, 02:00 PM   #5
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I made the same mod last year but went one step further and glued a piece of 2inch styrofoam insulation on the inside of the plywood for the cold Canadian winters we like to camp in so much. Great photos.

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Old 09-16-2010, 02:58 PM   #6
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KennyB, do you remember where you bought the power cord end and the receptical and part numbers?If you can remember this maybeit will helpme to get going.I have always liked that setup over draging the cord out.Thanks
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Old 09-17-2010, 02:11 AM   #7
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I ordered them from Wholesale Marine, http://www.wholesalemarine.com. But I did misspeak the brand they are "Marinco" brand.
The 30 AMP Shorepower Inlet is MAR-301EL-B.
The 30 AMP Shorepower Female Connector is MAR-305CRCN.
The 30 AMP Shorepower Waterproof Cover is MAR-103RN.
Good luck, it's a fun little project.


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Old 09-29-2010, 02:39 PM   #8
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I've been working on my installation today. I found there is almost not enough room vertically to mount the inlet plug and allow the cover to open all the way. May not be necessary for it to open all the way in order to get the plug in it. Thinking about turning it sideways and letting the cover swing to the side.

By the way, there is a good deal on the Mar-30EL-B on Ebay. Also, a deal on the complete power cord for less than you can buy the connectors for the old power cord.


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Old 10-02-2010, 09:46 AM   #9
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Like the idea. What do you do with the power cord when you unplug?I assume you need a place to store it.

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Old 10-02-2010, 12:41 PM   #10
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It and the extension go into a tub in the basement of our 30SK.

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Old 02-04-2011, 12:57 AM   #11
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I have found an all-in-one kit for this mod. $120. Just wondering if anyone has installed it. Is it less expensive to piece it together?
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Old 02-04-2011, 02:17 AM   #12
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I also did something similar to my Jayco(yes, I'm a Crossroads wannabe) I replaced the factory cord access with the plastic Marinco inlet, minus the access panel. I mounted it on the exterior on a piece of 1/4" white King Starboard.
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Old 02-04-2011, 02:56 AM   #13
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Here is a link to what I did with this mod.
http://www.crossroadsrv.com/forum/fo...ts.asp?TID=639

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KennyB,
This is a great idea. I have the same problem with my 2007 Arctic Fox 29V, and did not want to cut any more holes or widen any access door holes in the camper. My problem has been larger ants crawling up the shore power cord and gaining access into the camp through the access door opening. I appreciate the thread letting everyone know the part number & where you bought them. I also like another member's note about adding 2" thick insulation to the inside surface of the plywood adapter, but am not sure how you would do that without taking off the entire access door pannel
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Tom,
Would you remember to show me how you did yours when we get together in Colomara in October...I want to do this too, Linda hates having to pull the cord out also.

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Old 08-11-2012, 02:45 PM   #17
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If anyone might be interested, I have a Marinco ParkPower 30 amp detachable conversion kit (p/n

30ARVKIT) that I no longer have any reason to use. I purchased it for

use on our old camper (Sunnybrook Mobile Scout) but our Seville has that

already installed.

I'd ask whatever Amazon is asking and will

cover the shipping to you if you're interested. This one has never been

out of the box.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by WoodcarvingGypsy
If anyone might be interested, I have a Marinco ParkPower 30 amp detachable conversion kit (p/n

30ARVKIT) that I no longer have any reason to use. I purchased it for

use on our old camper (Sunnybrook Mobile Scout) but our Seville has that

already installed.

I'd ask whatever Amazon is asking and will

cover the shipping to you if you're interested. This one has never been

out of the box.

Al


- Hi Al.

- I'm interested if it's still available?

- PM me if it is.

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Old 08-13-2012, 01:22 PM   #19
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I did a similar conversion a few years ago. Gluing Styrofoam insulation to the back of the plywood backing is no problem. The key is to cut the plywood and foam into a square that fits through the existing opening on the diagonal. Just make sure you don't drop it once you get it through or you may need to spend some time fishing it back out.
I replaced the original screws holding in the access door frame with longer wood screws and screwed them directly into the plywood. A little silicon along the outside edge and it is sealed up tight.
Good luck with your mod.




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