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Old 05-28-2012, 09:13 PM   #15
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plugs and outlets... ...The good ones have quality brass plug legs and sockets
Actually the best ones have a hard red copper alloy plug & socket prong & contact pieces that are brass coated.. Brass is too soft, tight friction fits shave metal and the plugs bend too easy!
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:14 PM   #16
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Well, I got the load center in this weekend and the A/C and new microwave outlet work fine, but I noticed something missing. I've done enough home wiring to know there should be a heavy gauge copper wire going to ground. Should I run a similar ground to the frame, or is everything grounded "enough" with all the outlets rivited to the body? I just want to make sure before I button things up.

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Need a heavy ground from the panel to the frame. I was just disassembling mine this weekend and there is a #10 solid from the power panel down through the floor to the frame outside for a ground.

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Old 05-29-2012, 06:08 AM   #17
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Found an interesting fix for my issue with a the long cord. I can simply pull some of it into the interior of the trailer thru the hole in the bottom. Now it all fits back in the compartment without having to force the hatch shut to latch it.
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:59 AM   #18
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Clever solution, AWChief!
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:56 AM   #19
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Clever solution, AWChief!
Thanks, just a lucky find. I was actually doing something else when I noticed where the cable came thru the underside. Gave it a pull and it came right in. It is under the couch and there is plenty of room behind the water tank to store the excess cable.
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:13 AM   #20
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I took my original cord and cut it. I put one of the new shore hookups on the outside of my drivers side rear and then plug the rest of the cord in there. (Just like the New Trailers) All I needed was the plug for the side of the trailer and used my original 25ft cord. It probably about 18 ft now on the outside but has never been to short..
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Well, I think I am going to go with a fairly short power cord, 15 ft or so. This is a pic of the corner where the cord will have to be stored. It looks like there will be too many things to get caught on even though I plan to clean things up a bit.

I did find a pic of the old load center and it did have a ground wire. It just got lost in "the pile". I took about 400 pics while I was tearing the old 66 apart. The best move I ever made.

Thanks for all your input. TomE
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:11 PM   #22
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Our 78 had the permanently attached, 25ft power cord that lead out of the bumper...Here's what I did to 'upgrade' to a removable, late style shore power cord:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f173...way-41888.html

Go down to post #44 & 46 for some pics and part number info, etc...

I don't know if this would be applicable to your particular AS...It was a relatively easy project, and it's a BIG improvement when dealing with the power cords!

I use a short 'adapter' cord at home that plugs into the AS and has a male 20amp connector on the other end...I use a heavy 10/3 extension cord from the adapter to the house for power, and leave the heavy 30amp RV cord stowed away for use on the road...
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