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Old 02-09-2019, 01:59 PM   #1
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Finally getting around to installing a 30 Amp power box at home. Well, the design of the box does not allow the lid to close with my current power cord.
Just wondering what the best option is and any advice or opinions would be appreciated. Click image for larger version

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Why is it mounted on a flat horizontal surface? Couldn't you mount it on a wall?

I would think it wouldn't be an issue that way..
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Old 02-09-2019, 02:11 PM   #3
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I have the same issue with my post mounted power box. Old power cord wasn't an issue as it didn't have the big handle.

My plan is to merely fabricate a cord for home use that is only long enough to reach from my power post to the power inlet. A 90 degree connector for the trailer end and a low profile plug for the box end. Since I park the trailer in pretty much exactly the same position I'll make the cord short enough that it doesn't hang low enough to touch the ground. With the outlet and inlet less than 2' apart I certainly don't need a 25' cord lying on the ground.

Will make it easier for me to mow/weed whack in that spot. I can then leave the regular cord in storage while "docked" at home.

On the OP's box, it might be possible to add a strip of sheet metal to the edge of the cover on three sides, using pop rivets and sealer, as well as a new hinge on top. Essentially move the cover out enough to allow it to close over the high profile cord plug.
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There are deeper utility boxes available.

Measure twice or three times......then buy.
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Old 02-09-2019, 02:23 PM   #5
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When mounted to a pole the lid/cover is going to keep it 95% dry. Why worry about it. Most campgrounds I go to the lid wont close all the way with my cord plugged in.
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When mounted to a pole the lid/cover is going to keep it 95% dry. Why worry about it. Most campgrounds I go to the lid wont close all the way with my cord plugged in.
That's where I'm coming from.

I think it would be fine if it was mounted on a pole or on the side of the house.
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Why is it mounted on a flat horizontal surface? Couldn't you mount it on a wall?

I would think it wouldn't be an issue that way..
Funny! I have not installed it yet; it is laying flat on the swim platform of my boat. Anyway I have some ideas, just don't want to cut the handle off the plug. May buy a new cord for home use with no handle or modify a 30 Amp dog bone.
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You can get a dog bone adaptor that would fit but it adds another connection.
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Old 02-09-2019, 03:32 PM   #9
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I think you're going to be fine using it as is of you're mounting it to a wall. What little moisture makes it on past the open sides is going to be below the plug.

It's your comfort level though . It it makes you sleep better at night do what you think is best.

Most of the time when we're camping the boxes are that open and it's never hurt a thing.
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Why is it mounted on a flat horizontal surface? Couldn't you mount it on a wall?

I would think it wouldn't be an issue that way..
I'm gonna make believe I didn't just read that!
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Finally getting around to installing a 30 Amp power box at home. Well, the design of the box does not allow the lid to close with my current power cord.
Just wondering what the best option is and any advice or opinions would be appreciated. Attachment 196420Attachment 196421
As long as it's not plug in during a Hurricane I wouldn't worry about.
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Why is it mounted on a flat horizontal surface? Couldn't you mount it on a wall?

I would think it wouldn't be an issue that way..
I think it looks rather nice on the boat dive platform.
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I think it looks rather nice on the boat dive platform.
Yeah.. you can so see that it's not mounted in the photo.

Yes, I can be sarcastic too..
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Just wondering what the best option is and any advice or opinions would be appreciated.

I installed the very same box from Lowes, and if doing it again, I would buy one with the breaker in the box, ... my power panel is in the garage only about 15ft away, and I thought "why spend the extra money, that close, it won't be a problem", ... it's not a big problem, but is inconvenient to have to go into the garage and open the power panel every time I want to kill the power, ... it would just be more convenient to have the breaker there in the outside box, and I may exchange it some day, but for now I just live with it, ...
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I ordered mine from home depot.com came prewired with a 30 amp and 20 amp breaker and has the 30 amp plug and a 20 amp plug about 50$
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Mine is just a gang box with a flip lid mounted on a 4 x 4 post. I have a 2 x 12 over the top to keep the rain out. Has worked for 19 years including a tornado and few near miss hurricanes.

I agree it would be more convenient having a breaker on the box. Probably would have saved a couple of miles walking over the years
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I think it looks rather nice on the boat dive platform.
This is mounted to my swim platform. Ready for it to warm up a little more though.Click image for larger version

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You can get a dog bone adaptor that would fit but it adds another connection.
Dbledan...I've looked online for one of these as an option but have been unable to find one. Do you know where I can find one?
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Dbledan...I've looked online for one of these as an option but have been unable to find one. Do you know where I can find one?

I have the same box and same situation, but its not a problem, ... that lid does keep the rain off the connection, if you use an extender, the connection will then be in the rain, ... but the link below is the adapter you are thinking about, ... it looks like to use this adapter you would still need to cut off the handle from the male end for the lid to close, ...


https://www.amazon.com/Camco-55205-1...8-1-fkmr0&th=1


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Still have to cut the handle off the adapter....and then the connection between the two is really out in the weather.
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