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Old 07-15-2009, 10:56 AM   #1
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What is advantage of Marinco type power inlet?

I'm doing renovation/upgrade to 1967 Tradewind and can get a good deal on a 30 amp inlet. I see that many people use these and am unsure why. I have never owned an RV before so please excuse my ignorance. Maybe I should consider higher amps?

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Old 07-15-2009, 11:11 AM   #2
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I like the Easy Lock feature. On our Avion the power cord stowage box is very small, and a power cord that disconnects is very convenient.

I just disconnect, leaving the pigtail inside the Avion box, and throw the rolled up power cord in the large storage bin.

The only disadvantage is the cord could walk off with a thief unless the Easy Lock is secured with a locking cable. Ours is hidden behind the stowage door, and we've not had any issue so far. Oh and they aren't cheap.

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30 amps should be adequate for a basic set up. If you are running an AC, that will draw about 20 amps in itself. I have a 30 amp plug but a 45 amp converter which works fine for me. If you may add more electric appliances than the basic you might consider higher amperage if you are doing the work anyway. Are you also considering upgrading to a 3 stage converter and increasing battery capacity?
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Old 07-15-2009, 11:25 AM   #4
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Kevin and Lumatic...Thank you! Yes, I am considering a 3 stage converter and battery capacity. Plan on completely upgrading.
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What is advantage of Marinco type power inlet?

Greetings SilverHoot!

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I'm doing renovation/upgrade to 1967 Tradewind and can get a good deal on a 30 amp inlet. I see that many people use these and am unsure why. I have never owned an RV before so please excuse my ignorance. Maybe I should consider higher amps?

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I had my Overlander upgraded to the Marinco connector this Spring when it was determined that the revised cable portal was a source of an ongoing leak. The Marinco Adapter seals more thoroughly than the CampCo access portal that it replaced. It is also nice to be able to store the power cable in an area away from the "stinky slinky". In the extremely humid climate where I live, I am hoping that the Marinco cable will outlast my previous cable (14 years) since it will be possible to store it inside where humidity and temperature are controlled.

I just returned from a four week tour with the Overlander, and am very pleased with the Marinco arrangement. It is one of the easiest power management systems that I have utilized.

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I like the fact that it's a positive connection.

Our '64 cord is hardwired in place. Every time we use it, it is pretty much bending the same way...after time, it will give out...we had ours replaced several years ago, but before that, we had to wiggle the cord sometimes to get things to work properly...we just thought that's how it was supposed to be. The main reason we had the cord replaced is, being that it is hardwired we have to store it in the bummer compartment. Our bumper compartment also has a loose/sliding door hatch that is for the stinky slinky to attach to the sewer system. A couple of years ago, on a long trip, the door jiggled open and the electrical cord started feeding out the hole. Thanks to a kind driver flagging us down, we figured out we had a problem and pulled over, but not before the end of the cord was lost...we were dragging it behind us about 10 feet.

That coupled with the comments others have made, convinced us to go with the Marinco on our '56. We will be switching over to a Marinco on our '64 when we change out the Univolt for a Charge Wizard next year.

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