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lagreca

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Posted: 05/25/20 09:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I guess what I could do is very similar to what my motorhome had...

Just hardwire a cable to the trailer at a junction box, and run it into the nearest compartment with a male 30 AMP plug on the end of the wire.

Then I could plug that into my Hughes Surge Protector.

Then replace the end of my current shore power cable with a 30 AMP female receptacle

I guess the last piece of the puzzle is how to have a slot in my compartment door to accommodate the cable being draped out......I guess I could just let the door rest on the cable. But was wondering if it would be worth it to install some sort of cable slot in the door?

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Posted: 05/26/20 06:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Me Again wrote:

Rich1961 wrote:

This is a good read comparing the twist lock to the Smart Plug.
https://marinehowto.com/shore-power-cords-smartplug-vs-1938/


I was on our previous communities harbor committee for 11 or 12 years, and when Smart Plug was first coming to the market they did a presentation for the marina and our committee. It is a great product. During that period we had three or four fires, with one being a major fire. I headed up booming the scene as soon fire was out, which keep the Coast Guard from nationalizing the cleanup, saving the marina and boat owns from really large bills. I got our harbor master to wake the docks with a infrared heat gun looking for over heated shore power connections. I also get him a current clamp meter. If you clamp around the whole marine cable and get a amp reading, then current is returning via the water and not the neutral in the cable, equals hot harbor. Which is not good.


Funny you mention the Marina fires. On the website I provided the link to he talks about the fires he's seen. Also goes into detail about the many issues he's found with the shore plugs and the "hot" harbors.


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Posted: 05/26/20 09:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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There is a reason the twist lock is required in marine equipment, it's solid & water proof.


More boats and marina fires have been caused by those old 30AMP twist locked than any other reason.


And it was the twist lock? The marina owner checks regular for home extension cords and I doubt a boat builders going to miss wire.
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And it was the twist lock? The marina owner checks regular for home extension cords and I doubt a boat builders going to miss wire.


Hot harbors can be caused by any electrical device on a boat that is having a wiring issue and leaking current.


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And it was the twist lock? The marina owner checks regular for home extension cords and I doubt a boat builders going to miss wire.


Hot harbors can be caused by any electrical device on a boat that is having a wiring issue and leaking current.

I'm no electrician, how does a bad appliance in my boat go to the harbor in a fiberglass boat? The 110V is separate from the 12V which I could see going through an outdrive, but 110. Seems it would be an issue with the dock wiring, the twist lock ground should send stray voltage to ground & bad enough a breaker should trip. Something else I should watch for??

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We'll see if this is real. Tracking via USPS says my order has shipped.

30 amp Smartplug 25' cordset for $12.95 (free shipping) through Walmart (methinks it should have been $129.50, off a decimal point).

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Notice: Links to cord have been removed as the company is not shipping what was advertised.
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I just bought one too! For that price I'll cut the ends off and put my own on!

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Posted: 01/05/21 02:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

SPRey wrote:

We'll see if this is real. Tracking via USPS says my order has shipped.

30 amp Smartplug 25' cordset for $12.95 (free shipping) through Walmart (methinks it should have been $129.50, off a decimal point).

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You do know that is a 30 amp twist lock on the male end not a NEMA 30-TT

The SmartPlug 30 Amp Dual Configuration Cordset connects to the SmartPlug 30 Amp Boatside Inlet (BM30S) on the boatside and a typical 30 Amp twist-type outlet on the dockside.


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Dont know why but i just bought one too!!! My trailer is 50a!! Felt like it would be silly to pass up. Change it over to 120v style plug must likely.

My trailer plug never left me feeling like i got it twisted properly. Seems like the outside coating wants to rotate. I scrolled through that marine how to page. I should make sure my plug is twisting all the way.

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Posted: 01/05/21 04:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I believe smartplug is available in 50 amp.

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