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Old 07-30-2010, 04:49 PM   #1
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Second Shore Power Connector

The other day I saw a guy pull into one these travel plazas and park his FW to stay overnight. He left the trailer hitched up and pulled out a cable to connect the generator in his truck to a shore power connector mounted at the front of the trailer under the overhang.

I like this idea! Does anyone know of any reason why you could not just add a second connector and wire it into the same place where the original one connects at the convertor and power distribution stuff?

Right now my 30 amp cable is not long enough to reach from my truck bed, where I carry a generator, to the connector at the back of the trailer.
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Old 07-30-2010, 06:00 PM   #2
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Right now my 30 amp cable is not long enough to reach from my truck bed, where I carry a generator, to the connector at the back of the trailer.
An additional shore power receptacle can be mounted at the front of your trailer, but WalMart, and many other RV related businesses, sell 30 amp extension cord. This would be easier, faster and less expensive to do.
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Old 07-30-2010, 06:02 PM   #3
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30 amp extension cord. This would be easier, faster and less expensive to do.
I was thinking the same thing. Wouldn't go anywhere without one. You never know what you'll find at some campgrounds.
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Ditto to that, I have a 50' extension we carry all the time and We do just what you are trying to do when we are on the road or dry camping as I leave the generator chained in the box of the truck all the time.
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Just check Amazon.com or Ebay.com for 30 Amp RV extension cord.
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Old 07-31-2010, 08:17 AM   #6
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Times a million on the extension cord.

Way simpler and has saved me many times at even regular campgrounds when we traveled with other campers and wanted to flip the camper around so we faced each other.

I also made a 100 foot cord to use when we stay at my friends house in the pocono mountains (where we are now) for the weekend. I wind up using the 100 footer and the 30 that I carry when we come up here.
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Way simpler and has saved me many times at even regular campgrounds when we traveled with other campers and wanted to flip the camper around so we faced each other.

I also made a 100 foot cord to use when we stay at my friends house in the pocono mountains (where we are now) for the weekend. I wind up using the 100 footer and the 30 that I carry when we come up here.
Loe what is the voltage drop of the 100 foot cable? 108 volts?
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I like this idea! Does anyone know of any reason why you could not just add a second connector and wire it into the same place where the original one connects at the convertor and power distribution stuff?

Right now my 30 amp cable is not long enough to reach from my truck bed, where I carry a generator, to the connector at the back of the trailer.
I agree with others that an extension cord is the simplest way to go. I carry an extra extension cord, but rarely need it.

If you do decide to go the route of another 2nd connector, beware that whatever connector that you would not be using would be "hot" while the other connector is in use......and that is a male plug with prongs exposed.
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Ahh yes! Those hot terminals! Thanks to all. Perhaps the extension cord is the way to go. I usually only need the generator to charge up the batteries and run the hair dryer.
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It depends

Right now I am using most everything except AC and the volt meter reads 112 volts with 150 feet of extension cord.

With the AC running and the TV and computer, lights and the fridge I am showing 100 when the compressor and fan come on and when the compressor kicks out and the fan only runs it shows 109 volts.

I do not run the AC much as I am sure it taxes the compressor quite a bit. Also its pretty cool up here and we needed heat last night for about 2 hours around 3:30 AM
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