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    Electricity inside an enclosed aluminum trailer?

    My father purchased an enclosed aluminum trailer yesterday and is looking at how he can get power inside the trailer on a long term basis. He was going to get one with power in it, but .

    So, his current idea that I think sucks, is to drill a hole in the floor the size of the actual extension cord and then put an end on it so that he can pull some out that needed. It would be a 3 foot cord that he could push out of the floor or pull in. I see that as a road hazard as someday it would be flopping on the road.

    I would think there would be an easier way or something much more sophisticated than that. All I have come up with is an exterior electrical box on the bottom of the trailer and one in the trailer, but then you would have to crawl under the trailer to hook it up.

    He will not cut holes in anything but the floor.

    All he is using this for is 2 battery tenders.

    Ideas?

    This picture is sort of what he bought.





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    You talkin 110v?

    If so, I'd get one of these boat plug doohickeys:
    http://www.jamestowndistributors.com...ger-inlet.html



    Nice clean flush mount, sealed from the elements, and you can hardwire the inside no problem.

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    Yeah, like Dave posted. There are plenty of options at RV stores locally and online. You need to get him to reconsider the "no holes in anything but the floor" stance he has-that is the worst place to put a hole IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    He will not cut holes in anything but the floor.
    That's a show stopper. RV store, generator connections, etc. but 1st have to decide if can have hole in the side.

    Could also bring something out on the front of the frame, mount a box there with the RV-ish solutions and run SO cable to it. Not as clean, but, you can go in via a hole in the floor. Run conduit up through the floor and up to the top so there is no problem crunching the cord.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    Yeah, like Dave posted. There are plenty of options at RV stores locally and online. You need to get him to reconsider the "no holes in anything but the floor" stance he has-that is the worst place to put a hole IMHO.
    Maybe we should here his reason for a floor mount. I agree, wouldn't be my first choice either. I would definetly make it safe and sealed tight (no dangling cords).

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    Well, I went out there and seen the trailer. I see a few areas that I can put on some alumimun angle and drill a hole for something like what was posted above. Then I can run the wire in the trailer, floor if I have to, and put up a set of standing plugs on the inside.

    I also have to tackle the e-track. This is much smaller stuff than I am used to, and right now, all I see I can get is some box aluminum (crossmember) every 2 feet. I think it needs more than that. Even though its just holding a rzr and quads, I want to make it secure enough to haul a lawn tractor or anything that might get pulled in.



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    Thats a beautiful trailer

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    Thanks Dave,
    I got the e track cut yesterday. It had been requested to put it around the full perimeter of the trailer. So I cut the fronts to match the trailer angle. That was the hardest part since I still needed the bolt holes to match up.

    I am now waiting for my dad to pick what he is going to do to the floor, then the e-track will get bolted down.



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    I know this is an old thread, and the original poster has probably already put in the electrical, but thought I would share my opinion.

    I pull my trailer mostly in the winter for snowmobile racing/riding. Having said that, I have seen some other trailers with outlets on the outside skin that have corroded or rusted away due to rain / road salt. There are better outlets than others, but it is still "outside" in the elements. I'm not sure why some people don't like the idea of pulling the power cord through the floor, but that is exactly what I do. Whatever works for you is the best, but wanted to share my experience.

    As the picture shows is my 50 amp service (which is currently plugged into a small extension cord to my shop outlet for lights as the trailer is inside) and shows the floor cover that flips open to pull the cord to the outside to plug into generator or other power source. When I go to pull away with the trailer, just unplug cord and pull back inside trailer...done.

    BTW, yer Dad's got a nice trailer!

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    Brian there are a few options from different sources to supply power to your Dads trailer. On the 28' trailer i built i went to Home Depot and gor a plug whereit had a spring loaded cap that a extension cord pluged into to suply power to the trailer. But you will have to cut a hole in the side or where ever you want it. then just run the power inside to the lights or plugins. And a lot of tarailer suppliers for camp trailere or travel trailer should also have something. Good luck

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