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Old 08-03-2019, 10:05 PM   #1
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Power plugs and rain

Just curious what people do with their power plugs in rainy weather. Specifically when plugged into an extension cord at home. I put it under the camper so it doesn't get rained on directly. Is there a better way?

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Old 08-04-2019, 06:43 AM   #2
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I bought this inexpensive file holder from Wally World, notched the 2 corners and curl the shore line inside. I did drill 2 small weep holes in the bottom to let any water out. Been using it for 3-4 years.
When we head out, I curl the remaining cord in the box and it becomes the container for the whole shore line.Click image for larger version

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I bought this inexpensive file holder from Wally World, notched the 2 corners and curl the shore line inside. I did drill 2 small weep holes in the bottom to let any water out. Been using it for 3-4 years.
When we head out, I curl the remaining cord in the box and it becomes the container for the whole shore line.Attachment 211480
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I have various sizes of wood in my storage hatch for leveling. If It's really soggy weather I'll place the cord ends on a wood block just in case there are going to be puddles and then set a bucket over the top of them.
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Just curious what people do with their power plugs in rainy weather. Specifically when plugged into an extension cord at home. I put it under the camper so it doesn't get rained on directly. Is there a better way?

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I run mine under the camper, too, with the connection draped over a tote so that it's raised off the ground.

I read somewhere that you should NOT tightly coil your cord or keep it in any kind of container while you are using it since it gets hot and can cause damage. For that reason, I always keep my power cord as straight as possible (sometimes loosely in an s-shape if a lot of slack) while in use and do not put it in any kind of container while plugged in.
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Old 08-04-2019, 08:27 AM   #6
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When I plug in while getting ready for a trip I have to run the power cord across my lawn. I simply put the connection in a one gallon zip bag and tape up the open end. I do this because my sprinklers come on daily and soak the cord. This is just for a temporary connection, not for longer storage of course.
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I use a piece of scrap 1 1/2 inch pvc pipe about a foot long.


Just slide it over the cord plug it in and slide it over the connection.


In the fall we put mouse bait in the pipe and put it in the kitchen area. Easy to remove it in the spring, while we don't have pets it would keep them from getting to the mouse bait.
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Awesome. Thanks for the ideas
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I run mine under the camper, too, with the connection draped over a tote so that it's raised off the ground.

I read somewhere that you should NOT tightly coil your cord or keep it in any kind of container while you are using it since it gets hot and can cause damage. For that reason, I always keep my power cord as straight as possible (sometimes loosely in an s-shape if a lot of slack) while in use and do not put it in any kind of container while plugged in.
After reading this, I checked when I got home from church and the cord in the container (it was in the shade) was colder than the ambient air, which was about 82 degrees. Possibly if a person were using the a/c or some other appliances then maybe that might heat up the cord. But, since nothing is on in the coach, occasionally the fridge turns on, I suppose there's no reason for the cord to heat up.
I'll continue to knock on wood and still keep this in mind.
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I bought this inexpensive file holder from Wally World, notched the 2 corners and curl the shore line inside. I did drill 2 small weep holes in the bottom to let any water out. Been using it for 3-4 years.
When we head out, I curl the remaining cord in the box and it becomes the container for the whole shore line.Attachment 211480
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Old 08-04-2019, 01:31 PM   #11
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First, you are doing something. Now to elevate in the event of puddles.
Look underneath for a convenient place for a mounting a short hook to simply drape the. Plug end over to keep it out of puddles.
Oh, know your breaker for the electrical circuit to de-energize for a storm. Save from running out to unplug in the rain.
I would think that if a cord was getting hot jist from a tight coil, you may have bigger problems.
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Old 08-04-2019, 01:46 PM   #12
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I use plastic food storage containers with snap lids from the Dollar Store. You get about 6-8 different sizes in an assortment for a buck or two.

As mentioned, notch the container(s) edge to fit whatever various cord size/plug combinations you're using and snap the lid on. Done!

I have some smaller ones notched for extension cords, some bigger ones notched for shore power cords and some that are notched a combination like the OP would need.

Covers just the plugged ends and they all fit inside each other for storage.
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Looks like in your situation you could tuck the connection up over the wheel under the trailer frame.
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Old 08-04-2019, 09:26 PM   #14
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Thanks! Tucked it up onto the tire. Why didn't I think of that? In case you're wondering why I put the cord on the roof...ants were crawling up it. So I put it on the roof and I sprayed some Bug Tek on the ext cord and around the wheel. No more ants. (and my pic posted upside down again)
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I've never done anything other than try to have the connections between cords in a higher spot so it won't be laying in a puddle. Maybe I'll use a spare Lynx Leveler, but never covered. I regularly use more than one cord and so far it hasn't been an issue.
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I'm gonna add a power outlet on the front of my deck using a 30 Amp outlet but hooked to 110v so no AC Use but we don't use it anyway.
So at least I'll be able to plug in with the camper directly no more extension cord.
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Just curious what people do with their power plugs in rainy weather. Specifically when plugged into an extension cord at home. I put it under the camper so it doesn't get rained on directly. Is there a better way?

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Here is what I'll get this will work great.
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I'm gonna add a power outlet on the front of my deck using a 30 Amp outlet but hooked to 110v so no AC Use but we don't use it anyway.
So at least I'll be able to plug in with the camper directly no more extension cord.
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I'm gonna add a power outlet on the front of my deck using a 30 Amp outlet but hooked to 110v so no AC Use but we don't use it anyway.
So at least I'll be able to plug in with the camper directly no more extension cord.
A properly wired 30a R/V outlet will run the A/C just fine. Hundreds of thousands of folks do it everyday. A 30a R/V service IS 120v and so is a R/V air conditioner.
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These come in 3 sizes and "look" like they might work well.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009RX5GI2..._detail_3?th=1
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I do the same as Arti. I put the connection inside a 1.5 foot piece of large PVC pipe. In addition I have a red plastic dishwashing pan that I put over it so no animals will crawl into the pipe and I can easily see it in the dark (my cord goes across my driveway to my garage).
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