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Old 01-12-2022, 02:33 PM   #1
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Autoformer--again

I was checking into this last year, but due to health reasons, had to put it on hold. I did a search but cannot find the posts nor the pictures that were posted. Can someone provide a link? I want to follow through, this time, before spring. I'm interested in hardwiring between the junction box and the cable reel; if that's possible.
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Old 01-12-2022, 05:26 PM   #2
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Hope this helps. Two male and one female Camco 50A cord caps. This setup allows for easy removal of the AutoFormer.


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Old 01-12-2022, 05:53 PM   #3
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Thank you, cummins. It’s a little difficult to determine, but is yours hardwired? Where is the yellow plug inserted?
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Old 01-12-2022, 06:02 PM   #4
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First pic is the main feed into the coach, it has an added male end that plugs into the back of the AutoFormer.

The first pic's cord was in a metal junction box and from there a cord went to the power reel. Basically the AutoFormer is now where the junction box was.
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Old 01-12-2022, 09:17 PM   #5
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Thank you, cummins.
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Old 01-12-2022, 10:16 PM   #6
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Does anyone have a picture or diagram of the inside of junction box that is wired to the shore power reel?
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Old 01-13-2022, 11:58 AM   #7
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Does anyone have a picture or diagram of the inside of junction box that is wired to the shore power reel?

Pic #1 shows how the four wires are located.
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Old 01-13-2022, 02:54 PM   #8
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Looking at the junction box, I thought that the 4 RV wires came in one side, connected to a circuit, breaker, board....something, and the cable reel side would connect to the other side. Imagine my surprise when I removed the cover and saw a very pi$$ poor connection using wire nuts and plastic tape. In my opinion, this was a very amateur job from a professional company. The connection to the reel was as I anticipated, and as cummins posted. I am attaching 4 pictures: 1) the box with cover 2) the box with cover off 3) the open box with poor taping and wire nuts 5) Connection to the reel.
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Old 01-13-2022, 03:04 PM   #9
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I ordered the 220-50-SP Hughes Autoformer from Tweety's RV in Bulverde and will drive the 50 miles through the Hill Country, tomorrow, to get it; that'll be a nice drive. I don't get out much. $466 plus tax was the cheapest that I found anywhere. I also ordered the yellow Camco Male and Female 50 amp plugs from Amazon (~$8 each), like cummins' first picture, install the male on the RV circuit side, the Female on the reel side, and totally remove the current box. Plug the male into the side of the Autoformer and the male pigtail from the Autoformer into the Female attached to the Reel. Easy peasy. Even a monkey could do it. Right pc?
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Old 01-14-2022, 11:54 AM   #10
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I jammed my AutoFormer tight to the back and left sides. I used 1/2" angle screwed to the floor and tight to the bottom sides of the AutoFormer to keep it from moving around.

The big wire nuts and tape are fine but quality tape is the key for it doing what it's supposed to do, keep the wire nuts tight.
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Old 01-14-2022, 01:01 PM   #11
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Darn, this thing is huge, and weighs about 25 pounds. Im not sure that it will fit in the compartment.
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Old 01-14-2022, 01:18 PM   #12
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Should be fine. Had mine in a 07.5 DRV and now the 16.
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Old 01-16-2022, 08:50 AM   #13
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Fits and works GREAT . the new one ( like your picture )has a REPLACEABLE surge protector board inside.So now you are double protected.
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Old 01-16-2022, 09:38 AM   #14
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Thank you Arc. Do have this particular one installed in the compartment with the reel? And there was no problem with fitment? We’ll get ours installed tomorrow, but it really didn’t appear to fit. We’ve.been trying to come up with Plan B
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Old 01-16-2022, 11:48 AM   #15
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Thank you Arc. Do have this particular one installed in the compartment with the reel? And there was no problem with fitment? Well get ours installed tomorrow, but it really didnt appear to fit. Weve.been trying to come up with Plan B

We are friends, we both did the same thing and for sure it fits. I have seen his in person.

Forget the plan "B".
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Old 01-16-2022, 11:57 AM   #16
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Thanks, cummins. The one in your picture appeared to be a little smaller than the one I purchased, and it appeared snug. But, your post is a relief, thank you.
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