Can I install a front power plug!

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Cameodon

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You can. Can't tell from the picture if there is already a cable going to the generator connection. If there is, the other end is in the front compartment that was prepped for a generator.
I know..the pic isn't all that good. But no there is nothing going in where it says generator. I'm excited, should be great I think!
I am going to support Gary here (not at all uncommon)
I'd put a hatch next to the power inlet.. the little what 6 or 8 inch square one that takes the most common key in the RV world... And that is where I'd put the "Outlet" end of a cord... Then run the cord along the frame to the front to an "inlet" (The part attached to the RV is called an Inlet)

Easier to get a proper extension cord. "Throw" the cord under the RV. make sure plug/outlet connections are off the ground in case of RAIN.
GREAT idea, love it, thanks. See previous post, I don't think it was up before but thank you a lot!! Yeah, I've kinda noticed that Gary guy has some darn good advice!!!! LOL
 

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New 2021 CAMEO 5th wheel. For some reason I’ll never understand the Electric plug for shore power is in the rear. Is it possible to wire a second one to the front ? Of coarse batteries, inverter are in far forward compartment. Thank you!
I was planning on installing a "stealth power port" on my Class B to make powering it in my driveway a little easier. The new port would be in the back, under the chassis, out of sight. One problem, that somebody else pointed out, is both ports being powered at the same time. I solved this problem with a simple 30 amp DPDT switch, effectively a poor-man's ATS.

I would wire the DPDT switch with the original port being on the NC (normally closed) side, leaving the stealth port connected to the NO (normally open) side AND also to the solenoid connection that controls the switch. When shore power is applied to the stealth port on the NO side, the solenoid is also powered, flipping the switch to disconnect the original port and connect the stealth port. This ensures power to only one of the two ports at a time.

As for power location at CGs, they are usually on the driver's side towards the back, however that is not always the case and might not be the case at your property should you shore power it at home.
 

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Not sure if I ever posted or not. I now have the factory 50 amp plug on REAR of trailer, yes on the REAR. Secondon the front wired to to the factory DTS, you can not double feed. Works great, thanks for all the help.
 

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As far as why the shore cord connection is where it is..... its a National Electric Code requirement and NEC compliance is required by the RVIA for their certification (that little oval sticker on the outside next to the door)

Charles

ARTICLE 551
Recreational Vehicles and Recreational Vehicle Parks

551.46 Means for Connecting to Power Supply.


.....snip..........

(E) Location. The point of entrance of a power-supply assembly shall be located within 4.5 m (15 ft) of the rear, on the left (road) side or at the rear, left of the longitudinal center of the vehicle, within 450 mm (18 in.) of the outside wall.

Exception No. 1: A recreational vehicle equipped with only a listed flexible drain system or a side-vent drain system shall be permitted to have the electrical point of entrance located on either side, provided the drain(s) for the plumbing system is (are) located on the same side.


Exception No. 2: A recreational vehicle shall be permitted to have the electrical point of entrance located more than 4.5 m (15 ft) from the rear. Where this occurs, the distance beyond the 4.5-m (15-ft) dimension shall be added to the cord’s minimum length as specified in 551.46(B).

551.77 Recreational Vehicle Site Supply Equipment.


(A) Location. Where provided on back-in sites, the recreational vehicle site electrical supply equipment shall be located on the left (road) side of the parked vehicle, on a line that is 1.5 m to 2.1 m (5 ft to 7 ft) from the left edge (driver’s side of the parked RV) of the stand and shall be located at any point on this line from the rear of the stand to 4.5 m (15 ft) forward of the rear of the stand.

For pull-through sites, the electrical supply equipment shall be permitted to be located at any point along the line that is 1.5 m to 2.1 m (5 ft to 7 ft) from the left edge (driver’s side of the parked RV) from 4.9 m (16 ft) forward of the rear of the stand to the center point between the two roads that gives
access to and egress from the pull-through sites. The left edge (driver’s side of the parked RV) of the

stand shall be marked.
 
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Cameodon

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Well in case they can't make up their minds where it should be I now have a plug on BOTH ends of my 36' 5th wheel. Screw their little blue sticker..
 

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or a 30 amp, either would be cheaper but anythings possible.
I bought the 50 AMP shore power inlet on AMAZON, they had several in $25. range. Since the factory DTS is 3' from the location of the new outlet I only needed 4' of cable. My own labor and materials about $40 and an hr of my time. Now I will use Rene advice and get a 15' cord to the generator when it's in the bed of truck. This will be used when stopping at rest area, Walmart, Cracker Barrel whatever when on the road. More permanent locations we can use the 50' - 50 amp cord.
 

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i have a built in genny but when we are at my sister in laws we plug in their power so i bought a 50ft 50amp extension cord from these guys to plug into my existing 50ft 50amp cord - so now im good for 100ft


showed up in 3 days and was way way cheaper than Amazon
 

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