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Old 07-01-2015, 10:48 AM   #1
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Plugging in at home - 30 amp

The Background:
Someday soon I will be running electrical service to my storage building. I plan to install a small breaker panel near the front of the building for incoming 60 amp service. From that I will run a circuit for lights, and will hard-wire in a 10 gauge cord for plugging in the TT. That cord will run along the side of the building to the rear, where it'll be easily accessible for plugging in the TT. Reason I am doing this is so I don't have to get out the power cord that comes with the TT when I plug in at home.


The Situation:
On the other end of this hard-wired 10 gauge cord, I need to install a female plug compatible with my TT. I have the twist to lock connection with a screw-on outer ring.

The Question:
Where do I get the plug, and do I need one with twist lock and/or with the screw-on outer ring? Searched Amazon and didn't see a plug only for what I'm looking for, but maybe I'm searching for the wrong thing. . .

Thanks for your help/guidance!
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Old 07-01-2015, 10:52 AM   #2
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Old 07-01-2015, 10:55 AM   #3
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http://www.marinco.com/en/products/c...rs/32-amp-230v

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Old 07-01-2015, 11:01 AM   #4
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Thanks for the quick replies. Dumb f/u question - are these all twick to lock? And, do I have to have the screw-on outer ring since it'll just be used inside my building where it can't get kicked/tugged/accidentally unplugged?
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Old 07-01-2015, 11:02 AM   #5
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Btw you can use a regular 30 amp twist lock end it just won't have the locking ring.

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I think I understand what/why you are doing. However, is it really that big a pain to not use your OE power cord?

You could install a 30 amp TT female end/box, and then just use the power cord with your RV.

Many of the big box stores have the 30 amp RV outlet boxes and/or plugs/receptacles. I prefer having a dedicated outlet box with breaker, so I can easily turn the power off/on at the box when connecting/disconnecting the power cords. If you don't turn the power off when doing this, you will most likely get arcing, which over time will damage the connectors.

http://www.adventurerv.net/amp-power...source=Froogle

Any which way you decide, and as a reminder, the 30 amp is 120 volt (NOT 240 volt). Also how long a run are you attempting to make with only #10 wire?

Here is a link to a wiring schematic we keep here on the forums:

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...let-27223.html

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Turbs - thanks for clarifying twist lock and locking outer ring.

WMTIRE - the main reason is that I have to run wire of some type from where the service enters the building back to the rear where my TT plug is. I can get a sweet deal on some new 10-3 exterior grade stranded copper (same type as used to make RV cords). So in reality, all I'm doing is making a super long (60') and cheap (less than $50) RV extension cord with one end hard-wired and the other a female plug to connect to the TT.

Also, I will have a breaker at the box in the front of the storage building, so I can switch off there before connecting/disconnecting. Thanks for that tidbit.
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Old 07-01-2015, 11:20 AM   #8
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Turbs - thanks for clarifying twist lock and locking outer ring.

WMTIRE - the main reason is that I have to run wire of some type from where the service enters the building back to the rear where my TT plug is. I can get a sweet deal on some new 10-3 exterior grade stranded copper (same type as used to make RV cords). So in reality, all I'm doing is making a super long (60') and cheap (less than $50) RV extension cord with one end hard-wired and the other a female plug to connect to the TT.

Also, I will have a breaker at the box in the front of the storage building, so I can switch off there before connecting/disconnecting. Thanks for that tidbit.
60 feet may be kinda long for #10 if you are going to use a heavy load on it (like air conditioning).

The wiring pdf I linked to has some recommended wire gauges for length of run.
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8 ga would probably be better.

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Hmm - something to think about. As far as load, the biggest load I could imagine would be the 13.5 AC unit starting up, but that would be rare. Usually just lights, frig, charging battery. Think I'd be OK? Also, finished length is probably going to be closer to 50' than 60' (60' is the length of cord I am getting).
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