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Old 04-10-2016, 01:50 PM   #1
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50 amp inlet receptacle

Probably not the right first step but the one I'm thinking of doing. I want to install a 50 amp inlet receptacle to the outside of the bus and a temporary fuse box inside so I'll have power for my tools inside as I work, plus have lights, fan, and anything else I need. Question is where should I install it? I know drivers side and the back half, but should it be in the skin below the floor where the back is open to the weather then run the wire up through the floor or should I mount it above the floor and go straight into the body where everything will be dry.

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Two threads? You're really looking for an answer.

From what I've seen most RVs have a hatch about half way back where you pull the RV cord out to either plug in directly to the camp power or to match up with a heavy duty extension. And yes, it seems like it could short out if the connection was wet.

I wired fuse boxes in modular homes but do not consider myself to be an electrician. Someone else should weigh in here with the particulars.
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Two threads, yes sorry about that out the first one in and though I did it wrong cause it did not show up so I redid it. Don't know how to remove the other one.
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Campground power panels are usually at the back of the site. If you just want temporary power why not just run an extension cord out a window?

I've got one of these power inlets on the back of our bus:

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Two threads, yes sorry about that out the first one in and though I did it wrong cause it did not show up so I redid it. Don't know how to remove the other one.
Yes, welcome to the forum where you cant delete your own posts. [sigh]
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Mounting an inlet in the skirt below the floor isn't a problem per se, but it does imply that you need water-tight construction techniques. That hardware often costs more. The inlet face itself needs to be water-tight when closed regardless of whether it's above or below the floor line because it always faces outside.

Like Robin says, often there's a large storage box built into the wall so that the shore power cord can be stowed right there when not in use. No inlet connector is necessary in this case because the shore power cable can be terminated directly into the breaker panel (or transfer switch if applicable). But if you didn't want to have that storage box for whatever reason, a marine-style inlet connector in the surface with an extension cord stored elsewhere is a fine approach too. Members on skoolie.net before you have done it both ways.
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why do you need a 50 amp temporary panel?

that would be for running an AC and multiple tools.

one person, one power tool..... a 15/20 amp extension cord is just fine. even if you have a 50 amp connection next to your parking spot, the money to make that into a temp panel and a hole in your bus is wasted.

50amp is 2 hots, a neutral and a ground (4 wires). until you are running air in the bus....its overkill. you likely never use half of the capacity of what your wanting to build.

any electric connections are going to have to be inside some sort of box and water proof. so the fitting you buy probably determines if its under the skirt or inside the bus.
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I'm going to mount a box for electrical in a portion of the skirt where there isn't room for anything else. Power will come up through the floor into a small breaker box.

I'd like to assemble a battery bank that would charge off of the 110 volt system or the vehicle charging system while traveling, but the cost of batteries is ridiculous not to mention the added weight. It might be easier to rig up a stationary bike to a generator.
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Thank you Robin97396, I was meaning the inside fuse box was going to be a temporary panel, for just two 20amp plugs and I'd be using one at a time or maybe using the 2ed one for just a fan. I was manly talking about the 50 amp inlet receptacle, I want 50 amp in the end and figured I'd put the right plug in to begin with.
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Yeah I understand that. 50 amp service is the next step above 30 amp service. I also want 50 amp service, but I don't understand why you keep saying temporary or you don't plan on needing power once your build is finished?
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