Beware of this type of "Inlet and it's Installation" !
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After a big rain fall last night I did a morning check on my Wildcat.
I have always been sceptical of the 'Power Inlet' installed on the rear of my 5th wheel being exposed to the elements.
This type of Power Inlet relies on a rubber gasket to seal out the water.
"If" it was installed properly it may provide a few years of protection.
However, after lifting the flap/door on the inlet I noticed the 2 bottom screws were rusty. I suspected water was getting in behind the inlet.
After removing all 4 screws I found one screw was not holding at all as the hole cut to accommodate the inlet was cut too big allowing for a loose fit on the gasket.
The bottom part of the hole was damp and it had obviously been like this for some time.
I have everything apart now drying ....no major damage
When I reassemble everything I will be making a pvc brow to fit above the power inlet to provide some
protection from rainwater.
Also I will be using an elastomeric sealant on 'both sides' of the rubber gasket to be sure no water will penetrate the fixture .
I post this in hope that it may help anyone else before any serious damage occurs to their rv. around the Power Inlet of this type.
'07 WildCat 30 RLBS ~ West Coast Edition ~
Trail Air - Tri Glide Pin Box
2000 F350 Lariat DRW 4x4 7.3 Diesel 89k miles
Edge programmer, 4" SS exhaust turbo/back,
Tru-Cool Max Trans Cooler, Bilstein Shocks
Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada