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Re: Shore power connection. What is your method ?
« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2012, 07:15:58 AM »
My theft comment was based on people telling me war-stories of having the cable pulled out and clipped from the typical RV bin while in storage, and even while parked in a truck stop or rest stop overnight, boondocking.  My cables live in the locked luggage bay if they aren't in use, but I know I could "steal" the cable from my truck camper in about 15 seconds if I had a pair of bolt-cutters in the pocked of my stylishly low crotch jeans...   :o

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Re: Shore power connection. What is your method ?
« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2012, 07:39:51 AM »
Quote from: bevans6
My theft comment was based on people telling me war-stories of having the cable pulled out and clipped from the typical RV bin while in storage, and even while parked in a truck stop or rest stop overnight, boondocking.  My cables live in the locked luggage bay if they aren't in use, but I know I could "steal" the cable from my truck camper in about 15 seconds if I had a pair of bolt-cutters in the pocked of my stylishly low crotch jeans...   :o
Brian


15 seconds? Wow you are slow. The boyz in da hoods 'round these parts dat wear da same "stylish" pants as you can do it in 5!

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Re: Shore power connection. What is your method ?
« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2012, 09:18:44 AM »
Is that a female outlet, or a male inlet?   What's on the bus end of your cable?

John

The outlet mounted on the bay wall is a 3 wire dryer or welder type. I simply replaced   the female ends of the rv cord and the generator cord with 3 prong matching male ends. That was cheaper and easier to find than the rv style ends, plus, If there was a problem, any hardware store in the country has them.

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Re: Shore power connection. What is your method ?
« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2012, 09:42:27 AM »
I used a 50' extension rv cord and cut it off at 3' from the female end hard wired the female end to a junction box to go to the gennie,hard wired the male into the junction box that goes to the inverter,panel. when I drive and want to use the gennie I plug the male end of the cord into the female end of the gennie plug. This way you can not use the gennie and the shore power at the same time . And it was cheaper to cut the extension cord then it was to buy the plugs.              dave
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Re: Shore power connection. What is your method ?
« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2012, 03:35:04 PM »
... I simply replaced   the female ends of the rv cord and the generator cord with 3 prong matching male ends. ...

Aaaaack!

That is incredibly dangerous, and also illegal in all 50 states and all of Canada.  You could kill someone that way, possibly yourself.

Please, please, please, for your own safety, replace the coach end of the cable with a female end.  Range receptacles are like $15 at Home Depot -- your life is worth more than saving fifteen bucks.

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Re: Shore power connection. What is your method ?
« Reply #20 on: November 24, 2012, 04:44:12 PM »
Steve, did you get my reply to your PM?
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Re: Shore power connection. What is your method ?
« Reply #21 on: November 24, 2012, 04:57:19 PM »
4905-- Maybe there is a misunderstanding.  Are you saying that your cords have hot male ends that connect to a female fitting that goes to the breaker box, or is that female receptacle next to your breaker box just coming from the generator?
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Re: Shore power connection. What is your method ?
« Reply #22 on: November 25, 2012, 04:43:58 AM »
We've got a 50a marinco plug inside the bay next to the genset.  that and the genset are wired to a transfer switch, with the primary being the genset for auto  changeover.  We carry 50/30 and 30/20 conversion plugs.
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Re: Shore power connection. What is your method ?
« Reply #23 on: November 25, 2012, 01:50:49 PM »
The outlet mounted on the bay wall is a 3 wire dryer or welder type. I simply replaced   the female ends of the rv cord and the generator cord with 3 prong matching male ends. That was cheaper and easier to find than the rv style ends, plus, If there was a problem, any hardware store in the country has them.

That's called a suicide plug for a good reason.  I used one once to backfeed one side of the panel years ago when a rain storm hit our company picnic and knocked the power out at our residence.  I didn't feel good doing it then and I sure wouldn't trust one for regular use on the road.  And just so the safety nazis don't have to ask, yes, I turned the mains off before I hooked up my suicide plug.


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Re: Shore power connection. What is your method ?
« Reply #24 on: November 26, 2012, 11:37:49 AM »
4905-- Maybe there is a misunderstanding.  Are you saying that your cords have hot male ends that connect to a female fitting that goes to the breaker box, or is that female receptacle next to your breaker box just coming from the generator?

no misunderstanding. that was how I had it wired. worked fine for me as long as you plugged in the bus before hooking to the campground. Now, I should explain, when I decided to sell the bus, I removed this setup and mounted a secondary box along side the main breaker with a male end and put female ends on all 3 or the cables. I didn't want the next owner to forget and fry himself.