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Old 04-29-2008, 07:50 PM   #1
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Shore power cable - fixed or removable?

I am getting close to finishing up the electrical part of my 1973 31' remodel. The original shore power connection was done by a cable that was hard wired directly into the breaker box. The cable was stored in the back bumper storage box when not in use and was pulled out the bottom through a rubber gasket when in use. I can reinstall things that way or I could instead install Marinco twist lock waterproof plug assembly. I have wondered if the fact that the power cord would then be removable would make it more likely to get stollen. Also I am not sure that being able to remove it would make all that much difference in my case because storing it in the back bumper box makes as much sense to me as stroring it anywhere else. So what do you think?


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Old 04-29-2008, 08:08 PM   #2
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If current design will be any influence, all new Airstreams come with a removeable shore cord that plugs in to a Marinco twist-lock fitting. If you're worried about it being stolen while in use, you can rivet a heavy stainless clamp on it and then padlock it to the power post and/or the trailer.

When you're stored, you can totally remove the cable and lock it up inside the trailer.
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:19 PM   #3
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I'm planning on upgrading to a 50 amp detach cord on the 86. That way when it's cold I'll be able to run more than one electric heater. I also plan on having 2 10 foot cords. Then I'll be able to tie my bike on the back bumper,(weighs less than te 30 foot cord that's there now) cause the cord will be in a fwd area while towing.

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Old 04-29-2008, 09:06 PM   #4
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You could install a retractable cord on a reel like some of the models have-very convenient once it's done.
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Old 04-29-2008, 09:09 PM   #5
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I went original with the cord in the back bumper compartment and hard wired to the fuse box. have not regretted it.
I think either way is fine, just know that the Marinco SS setup will set you back over $ 100.00 for both parts, even at a bargain price.
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Old 04-29-2008, 11:17 PM   #6
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My power cable is on a reel assembly with the water hose. I'm considering taking out the reels becasue they use a lot of space (under my rear bed pillow). I was thinking Matinco on two cables, one short and one long. I also want to be able to connect them together for those longer reaches but not sure the connectors would allow that so I haven't done it yet. I wonder if I'll miss the reels.
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Old 04-30-2008, 02:55 AM   #7
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I like the Marinco style cords and plan to use those when I get to that point on my rebuild. I plan on 2-3 cords. One fairly short one and couple of longer ones as needed. That way I can carry the spare(s) either in the bumper, or in the truck, or if parked for a long period they can stay in storage. Also by having multiple cords you have backup if one goes down, gets stolen or you need to shift weight.

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Old 04-30-2008, 04:45 PM   #8
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hard wired into your breaker box will eliminate another set of connections that can corrode.

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