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Old 05-09-2017, 06:12 PM   #1
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SmartPlug hole size

Am replacing the AC shore power cable. Decided to add a power inlet with a separate power cord. Am using a SmartPlug.

Is the primary hole size to mount the plug 2-1/8" or 2-1/4"?

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The Smart Plug comes with a template if necessary. It requires the same hole size as the original plug.
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The Smart Plug comes with a template if necessary. It requires the same hole size as the original plug.
Unfortunately, there is no template in the package that included the inlet and the plug for your cord. I searched and found this diagram:
http://www.defender.com/pdf/SmartPlug_BF30.pdf

So, it is 2-1/2" minimum.
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It should directly replace the existing shore power inlet unless there is something unusual about yours. Remove the four screws and you should find it matches. In my case mine pushed up against the inner skin so I had to go inside and cut a hole in the interior skin to make room for the depth of the plug so it would sit flush on the outside.
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It should directly replace the existing shore power inlet unless there is something unusual about yours.
I have the built in power cord, and it is showing signs of age and wear. Connector has started to crack, and the compartment is rusting.

So I am adding the plug from scratch as I do an upgrade of the entire AC power system.

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If there is a website or support line that may be easiest

Otherwise take heavy paper stock like a Manila folder. Cut a strip long enough to go around the circumference. Wind the paper around and tape the ends. Slide the paper off. Keep the circle open so it doesn't change shape. Place where you want to cut and mark the outside of the paper to give you just a little room to have relief...

To mark, you can apply some marker like a China pencil or lipstick of your favorite shade and press to the place you want the circle then remove to see the line it forms...
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I think we used a 2-3/8" hole saw. It was what we had available. It worked fine. I think the original connector had a 2-1/2" hole.
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