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Old 09-22-2018, 06:12 PM   #1
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Shore Power 24/7?

If you have the luxury of having 50 amp service at your home, and you store your RV at the same site, does it make sense to leave the shore power connected 24/7 even though you may go a month or two without using?

I really need the answers/opinions to that question, but I will elaborate for those that may be thinking what in the wide wide world of RV'ing am I thinking...

Some of the nicer 50/30 amp breakers have doors that will either not close when plugged in, or design to open from side to side; so it can't be closed. To me that suggest if you have; you can't really use safely 24/7. Which makes me wonder are you even supposed to leave plugged in the first place?

In addition, if you are NOT supposed to leave plugged up, it may impact may where I wish to locate the box. If it is only for few days, then I could probably live with with walking over cord etc., but if is truly acceptable to always leave cord plugged in for storage, I will want my 50am service moved to spot where cord will never be in the way.
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:09 PM   #2
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I have always parked my RV plugged into electric! At least since 1980
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:29 PM   #3
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Leave mine plugged in all the time, except when driving.
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:50 PM   #4
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if you live in an RV full time, it’ always ‘plugged’ in, so it makes no difference otherwise...
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Old 09-22-2018, 08:00 PM   #5
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I will have to check back with you in 2 more years when you have at least 30 years experience with the same to confirm reliability :-)

Given that you leave it plugged in which is what I would like to do; I will have to spend an extra $140 or so in extra wiring to place in neat location; so the wires don't post a trip hazard from garage since they will be laying out all the time.

This leaves me with does your 30 or 50 amp plug fit such that you can close the door fully to be weatherproof, or do you not worry about plug / box being exposed to the rain or occasional snow?

I have seen some 50 to 30 amp adapters 12 inches long. If you use one of those where the 30amp connector and the 30amp cord plug in could get wet?
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Old 09-22-2018, 08:11 PM   #6
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Yeah based on price of the electrical wire I have seen at Lowes, I can understand why you may not want to have it connected while driving... lot more expensive than gas :-)

So I will have my breaker box installed in convenient location so the shore cord is out of harms way or normal walking around the house or garage.

Given the above I now will focus on which box. Some of the boxes don't close fully; so is there a situation where it get wet and a ground faults trips the breaker?

I am looking at the standard shore cord that comes with Thor 2018 ACE 29.3 it is 50 amp RV, but if I ever were to get a 30 amp RV, I would use an adapter, but it may not close then either; even if the latter would close with the 50amp
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Old 09-22-2018, 08:29 PM   #7
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Never see a box; even a 30 amp single gang box; that didn't have a proper cover on it to close with the cord plugged in.

This simple 50 amp $30 box closes with the cord plugged in:

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Old 09-22-2018, 08:46 PM   #8
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This is what I was looking at first.

Connecticut Electric PSC-55GR-HR 120/240V RV Panel 50A Breaker, 20 Amp GCFI I have Connecticut Electric Transfer Switch in my garage that I use for home generator. I love it, but some of those shore cords / adaptors have those pull handles and it just seem like it would not close. With door opening from side to side it would be really bad if on all the time and rain.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/Connecticut...I/381394365005

Then I started to look at this model.

Connecticut Electric
50-Amp RV Power Outlet

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Connecti...FYrGwAodpe0EMw

Our curiosity on model in your picture, what is that door flipped up on the left side? If you provide make model number I will look at it too.
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Old 09-22-2018, 09:56 PM   #9
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If you can put power in your rig: why not do it?
There's just about no downside to it at all.
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Old 09-23-2018, 08:09 PM   #10
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I could not control myself. I went overkill. I bought this one today.

I should be ready for anything or anybody that comes by the house. :-)\

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Old 09-23-2018, 09:31 PM   #11
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If you add some hose spigots, and waste dump openings: I may stop by and never leave!

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