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Old 03-30-2019, 11:46 AM   #1
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Default Shore power plug replacement

I am considering replacing the current insert and twist shore power connector with a Smartplug (Smartplug Systems, Llc B30ASSYPB Smartplug 30 Amp Combo Kit). It is difficult to insert and twist the current connector on my 2018 Axion (poor location). I could live with it but the Smartplug looks more secure and easier to use.

Has anyone looked at or installed the Smartplug?

Just did a search (still learning the forum) for Smartplug and found previous posts.
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Old 03-30-2019, 04:03 PM   #2
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I've had the Smartplug for over 4 years. It's great. Far superior than the twist kind. You can mount it blind under the back bumper for instance which I would have done knowing I was getting the Smartplug and before the hole was cut in the side. As it is you don't have to carefully line it up to insert and clamps do what the screw on flange does. The cord itself is more pliable and that is more forgiving in cold weather.
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I installed the SmartPlug in 2013, talked to the founder as they were exploring venturing into the RV market. Their original objective was to increase reliability by increasing contacts surface areas. Shore power connections are common sources of fire in the boating industry, I don't know about RVs.

Simplicity of insertion is great, no more aligning and twisting.

I used the yellow marine cable and replace the marine plug with an RV plug, at that time they didnít have RV cable. Since I bought a black RV cable with a blue LED power indicator on the SmartPlug end.
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Replaced mine with the Smart Plug, the only way to go.

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Replaced mine with the Smart Plug, the only way to go.

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Is the footprint the same, making it a trivial swap-out?
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I've had the Smartplug for over 4 years. It's great. Far superior than the twist kind. You can mount it blind under the back bumper for instance which I would have done knowing I was getting the Smartplug and before the hole was cut in the side. As it is you don't have to carefully line it up to insert and clamps do what the screw on flange does. The cord itself is more pliable and that is more forgiving in cold weather.
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Iíve never seen a shore power connection under the bumper but I like the idea. Will ARV do it that way on your next van? Have you seen an installation like that before?
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Is the footprint the same, making it a trivial swap-out?
Yes took out the twist outlet and installed the new smart plug. Three wires and 4 screws. RT did have solid number 10 wire it worked, but a lot nicer if stranded wire was there.

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Is the footprint the same, making it a trivial swap-out?
The SmartPlug folks knew that replacement needed to be reasonably easy so 4 mounting holes pattern is standard 2.44Ē. See my box dimensions.
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Davydd,
Iíve never seen a shore power connection under the bumper but I like the idea. Will ARV do it that way on your next van? Have you seen an installation like that before?
This fellow from the Sprinter-Forum used the same mounting concept, same McMaster-Carr box mounted to tapped holes on the hitch but the inlet is facing down. https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...2&postcount=14

I allow myself to copy his images here. The box is certainly more inconspicuous if this is your objective.
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Iíve never seen a shore power connection under the bumper but I like the idea. Will ARV do it that way on your next van? Have you seen an installation like that before?
After mine, the Advanced RV standard was to mount the Smartplug under the bumper. I didn't get it that way because they already cut the hole in the side assuming the other plug was going to be used.
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