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Old 06-14-2019, 10:59 PM   #1
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Upgrading Shore Power on Outlaw 29H

I have not been entirely happy with the shore power setup on my Outlaw 29H. They have the cable connected to the transfer switch on a rear storage bin. You need to pull the shore power cable through a hole in the side of the bin under the coach. The cable often gets tangled when pulling it through the hole and putting the cable back into the bin is an equal pain in the butt.

I saw a Four Winds Class C with a similar layout as my 29H but he had a receptacle in the side of his coach that had a twist lock for his shore power cable. I decided I wanted to do the same thing and I thought of an easy way to get it done and for only a few bucks.

The 29H has useless sewer hose storage compartment next to the storage bin with the transfer switch. You can’t put a hose in it if the fittings are attached.

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I decided that I was going to use the sewer hose compartment to house a 30A twist lock receptacle that I would connect to the transfer switch in the adjacent compartment. Then I would remove the shore power cable and put a twist lock plug in it. Then I could just pull the shore power cable out of the storage compartment and plug it into the coach and the camp power.

I ordered the twist lock receptacle and plug off Amazon for about $35. Then one trip to Home Depot and about 2 hours of work with a couple modifications for mounting the receptacle into the opening of the 4” PVC that was meant to store a sewer hose and I had it done.

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The receptacle and the mount I created for it have gaskets to keep water out. I used a hole saw to cut a hole for the cable to exit out of the PVC pipe near the back where it is a short run into the back of the compartment with the transfer switch. I am going to use some
RV roof putty to seal around the PVC pipe where the cable exists. That should keep any water from getting into the pipe and back of the receptacle. I’ll use some spray insulation where I removed some to run the new cable to the transfer switch where the other cables ran into the compartment.

I am very pleased with how it turned out. Now it will be much easy to get the shore power cable out of and back into the coach.
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Old 06-14-2019, 11:37 PM   #2
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That is bee-youtyful!
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Old 06-15-2019, 02:37 AM   #3
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Old 06-19-2019, 09:24 AM   #4
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Great idea!

How long of a cord are you working with to make the connection?
I have heard some places you may need 25-30'.

It still looks easier than kneeling down and fishing through the access hole in there.
I keep a small throw rug for getting down to look into that compartment, a mess when it's wet on the ground!

Good job !!
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That's the best use for that unusable waste of space; that I've seen so far!
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:19 AM   #6
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Great idea!

How long of a cord are you working with to make the connection?
I have heard some places you may need 25-30'.

It still looks easier than kneeling down and fishing through the access hole in there.
I keep a small throw rug for getting down to look into that compartment, a mess when it's wet on the ground!

Good job !!
Thanks!

I'm using the same shore power cord that came with the Outlaw 29H. When I removed the end from the Transfer Switch, I put the water tight female twist lock connector on it. I actually gained a few feet because about 3 - 4 feet was mounted and wasted in the storage compartment.

I do carry a 30A shore power extension cord just in case I need a long run. Haven't had to use it yet but now plugging in on the side and getting the full use of the stock shore power cable, I may never need to use the extension.


.... and you are spot on about having to get on your knees to get the shore power out and back into the compartment. Those days are now gone!
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Old 06-21-2019, 02:19 PM   #7
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I’m still tryin’ to figure out why Thor originally built your 30amp hook-up so “unfriendly”

Are there any other Thor coaches out there like this?

That is...pick a method and go with it.
99% of the RV industry has an external plug-in with a separate cord, right?

Great mod, nicely done!
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Old 06-21-2019, 02:32 PM   #8
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I’m still tryin’ to figure out why Thor originally built your 30amp hook-up so “unfriendly”

Are there any other Thor coaches out there like this?

That is...pick a method and go with it.
99% of the RV industry has an external plug-in with a separate cord, right?

Great mod, nicely done!
It is the only class C built designed and built at Thor MC plant 850. All the other coaches built at Thor plant 850 are 50 amp on 22.5" wheels
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Old 06-21-2019, 08:52 PM   #9
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