The 30 amp inlets are bigger than the original 15 amp inlets. You'll probably have to enlarge to fit. Brands are either Marinco or Furrion. They are either round or squarish.
Another option: use a 30 amp cord with a molded plug. You can connect in the breaker box or a J box. This cord is stored in a cabinet or in the dinette when not in use. They usually pull thru a specially made electrical hatch.
If you really like the old style 15 amp inlet, VTS sells a new one. You could plug in the A/C separate from the trailer wiring with it's own cord. That way, the trailer could remain 15 amps.
Post by offspringin on Feb 15, 2013 8:52:55 GMT -5
I did something similar to what Vikx said, used a molded 25ft extension cord, 30 amp. Just cut off the female end and wired that into the trailer hard line. On the side of the trailer where the old plug outlet used to be i installed an outdoor electrical box cover. I just pull the cord out of the side of the trailer to plug it in, shove it back inside when im done. It stores under the bench.
Not sure if on the 61 compact where the original outlet is though, i know some models had them up high on the drivers side near the front.
If you can't fix it with a hammer you have an electrical problem.
actually the year on the title of this trailer is suspect. the original inlet is in front of the wheel well, mounted horizontally. there is a second box mounted vertically, just below the inlet that has a duplex receptacle to the outside with an outdoor cover.
I don't want to cut more or bigger holes for the commercially available 30 amp inlets that vikx discussed. i also don't want a 12" dongle hanging out the side of the trailer like someone local suggested. I don't think i have room to pull 25' of #10 cord into the box behind the outlet.
I even thought about putting a flush mount locking female rv 30 plug in the existing box, then making a short adapter with male on both ends. I just can't get past the possibility of there being a hot, bare male plug.
I will pull the existing duplex plug and see if i can run a female plug on a short cord through the box, and just retract the plug into the box when not in use. that way i can wire both the existing 15 amp setup and the new 30 amp directly to the new breaker box.