RV Power Cable Hatch Upgrade

RV Power Cable Hatch Upgrade

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RV Power Cable Hatch Is Too Small.

When we first got out new fifth wheel the RV power cable hatch on the sidewall was a small round hatch. I worried the plug would jiggle back into the storage space behind and I would not be able to reach through the small hole to retrieve it. That didn’t happen but what did happen was just as bad.

Round RV cord hatch.
Round RV cord hatch.

When storing the cord inside behind the wall it somehow got looped over itself so when I went to pull it out the next day the cord would only come out about six feet. I pushed, pulled, and jiggled but couldn’t get the loop undone.

To get the cord untangled I finally removed the screws and pull the plastic port away from the wall. The actual hole was just large enough that I could reach in and untangle the cord.

After getting the cord loose and pulling it out I looked through the hole at the space behind the wall. It was actually quite large. And the wall area was large enough that I could install a larger utility hatch in place of that little round port.

Square RV cord hatch.
Square RV cord hatch.

The Upgrade

Now cutting a large hole in the side of the RV was just a little intimidating. if I screwed it up it would be pretty ugly. But, after measuring several times, I was confident I could do it.

I traced the outside of the new hatch to make the cut and taped the wall around the outside of the line to protect it from being scratched by the jigsaw.

Using a fine-tooth blade in the jigsaw I used the existing hole to start the cut and cut just on the inside of the line. In less than a minute I had the new hole cut. No problem and the new hatch fit perfectly. I let out a big sigh of relief.

Before I installed the new hatch I lined the opening with some duct tape to hopefully keep any water from causing de-lamination if my new hatch leaked.

Some RV putty tape and self-tapping screws with square-drive heads were all I needed to finish the installation. If you take on this project make sure you don’t overtighten the screws. There’s not much laminate to bite into and you can easily sritp out a screw hole.

Small round RV hatch from the manufacturer.
New power cable hatch

The new, larger utility hatch sure made it easy to store and retrieve the power cord and I can even store my 30 amp extension cord in the big storage space that was unusable before.

It was actually an easier project to do than I originally thought and if you are just a little handy you can do it too.

 

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