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Old 10-22-2018, 06:59 AM   #1
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Smart Plug Conversion

Has anyone converted their electric inlet and plug end to the Smart Plug?
Wondering as I have a conversion set coming in tomorrow via Amazon. Did a bit of research and seems like a real good set up. Claims it does away with melting/arcing at the twist on/locking ring type plug, better contacts and better water intrusion prevention.
Recently on a trip, experienced arcing at the plug connection with the usual locking ring type connection, partially started to melt the cord end connector and inside of the inlet. Went over everything as far as electric/wireing/connections in our rig and could find nothing that would have caused it other than bad connection between plug and inlet. This is second time in 6 years same thing has happened.
Hoping the new Smart Plug will end problem.
Will be installing it during the week and will let all know if it holds up to claims.
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Old 10-22-2018, 07:07 AM   #2
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Why do you have the circuit breaker on while you make your connections. Check the pedestal, turn it off and make all your connections then turn on the pedestal circuit breaker again.
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Old 10-22-2018, 07:10 AM   #3
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I always do. SOP. Never have plugged into an outlet thats "live". Breaker off, plug in, turn breaker on. Do that even at home at my dedicated 30 amp outlet.
Also have a hard wired PI that never tripped or had a code. Apparently current was still good even though plug ends arced.
May have been a problem with the pedestal but I'm switching connections anyway.
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Old 10-22-2018, 07:42 AM   #4
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Let us know your thoughts once you install it.
I've been looking at these plugs for some time on the 'net as I've been curious but haven't seen any in person. It will be good to have someone's opinion who installs one.
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Let us know your thoughts once you install it.
I've been looking at these plugs for some time on the 'net as I've been curious but haven't seen any in person. It will be good to have someone's opinion who installs one.
Will do!!!
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Old 10-22-2018, 10:17 AM   #6
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I converted to a SmartPlug a couple of months back (August if memory serves me). While installing it, I made an installation video (don't worry everyone- I was being babysat by a knowledgeable buddy).



I think all of these photos are in the video, but if anyone doesn't want to watch it - here are a handful of pictures I took for making the video and writing about the installation:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougse...57672820057158

I'm happy with it, though the cordset that it came with is about 4' shorter than the one that came with my RV. Double that with my mid-ship power inlet on the camper (vs. rear corner), I've now had 3 or 4 occasions of needing a 50amp extension cord in the past few months.

I like the connector and I like the weather cap for it for when I'm coiling up the hose. The connection is solid and really feels secure... especially when you snap the cover and lock it onto the cord. I only wish it had a default 90-degree connector to change how the weight hangs from the power inlet (not that I've had issues, I just think that would have made it a tad bit better).

On a scale of idiot to pro for installation, this one is firmly on the side of "Doug Could Do It with Minimal Supervision" (read: close to idiot-level). A few screws and following color coding.

I kept my old inlet and old cord for a while, just in case. But I don't see me needing to convert back and recently gave away the shore power inlet.
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Old 10-22-2018, 10:34 AM   #7
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Thanks for the info.
I just ordered the conversion kit so I can use my old cord. Did order the Stainless Steel version as I did read about a few problems with the plastic type cover not holding up well.
Install won't be a problem for me. Have already replaced the plug inle twice with the ring type inlet and new plug end.
Agree about a 90 degree plug end...wish they made one. But after reading many reviews about the Smart Plug figured I would give it a try.
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Old 02-02-2019, 11:20 PM   #8
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Thumbs down 32 amps???

BECAUSE it's winter and I'm sitting looking at the computer WAY TOO MUCH, I was looking at the SmartPlugs after they were plugged on RVtravel.com. I see that they have 30, 32, and 50 amp versions on their RV product page. I understand 30 and 50. Why would someone want the 32 amp version? Is there really any difference between the 30 and 32 versions? Inquiring minds need to know.
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Old 02-03-2019, 01:05 AM   #9
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I think the 32amp version has to do with boating. I don’t know if it’s 120v or 220v or what.

BUT- one unexpected downside to the SmartPlug conversion; TODAY I forgot my cord at the last campground 200 miles away. I can’t just run to an RV store and pickup a replacement. (Fortunately, I have a friend coming down this way tomorrow to bring it to me- otherwise, I thought I was headed for a 400 mile round trip!)

I also used to have a 50amp twist lock to 15amp adapter. It was nice when moochdocking because I didn’t have to get the heavy 50amp cable out. I might make a similar adapter (with a baby sitter!).
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Old 02-03-2019, 06:59 AM   #10
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Smart Plug

Converted to the Smart Plug over a year ago and it was the best thing I could have done. No more twisting and making sure that it is connected tightly... No more guessing which prong goes where. Plug only goes in one way and locks when inserted fully... Easy conversion and the best part is you can do it in the dark without wondering if it is correct..Originally designed for Boats because of the rocking motion causing the old style plug to twist...making a poor connection and causing a hazard...anyone who is thinking about the change should check the Smartplug.com site...Check Ebay for better pricing than Amazon.. or check some of the Boat accessory distributors..
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