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Block Heater Bumper Plug Upgrade

Block Heater Bumper Plug Upgrade
Thought the OEM Block Heater Plug looked pretty Cheezy on a $62k truck. I purchased one of these for my battery charger outlet for my Cobalt boat. So I decided to try and install one for the Block Heater on my new KR. Takes less than 30 minutes to install and bought the Plug on Amazon.com and was about $18. It is made by Marinco and they are designed for wet conditions so should work well and last for years. Took some photos of install. Easy Peasy, not so Cheezy!
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Nicely done! Saves crawling around on your knees in the dark looking for the plug!

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Clean and nice - well done!

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It has a a water-tight rubber sleeve on that is not shown as well. Here's another photo of factory plug pulled through the bumper hole I cut out.

Here is some more pics and search this title on Ebay for some more pics of the product and you can order as well, even though I got mine on Amazon.com


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MARINCO 15A/125VAC Twist-Lock , Shore Power, Waterproof Panel Mount Plug
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2011 F350 PSD 4X4 CC SWB KING RANCH, GOLDEN BRONZE /PALE ADOBE, PIAA,RIGID 20 LED, READY LIFT LEVEL KIT, FRONT RECIEVER, LEER HARD TONNEAU.............SOLD, had an offer I couldn't refuse!

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SWEET! i might try that on mine. is it the whole wire assem? or just the end to waterproof??

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Just pull the existing block heater wire through the hole in bumper, you will need to undo a few mounting clips to allow enough slack, Then cut the old plug end off the wire and strip the 3 wires so about 3/8" copper wire is exposed. Green (ground), Black, and White wires correspond to same colors screws on the Marinco receptacle.

The rubber boot slides over to seal receptacle, then tighten with supplied lock-ring on inside of bumper. I used the supplied screws by drilling 7/64 holes for added security and strength.
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Ted,

That's a great set up. Clean install. Nice work.


I totally agree that for the price of our trucks, there should be a more permanent, heavy duty connection for the block heater.

I will be pulling the bumpers to de-chrome and paint to match very soon, and I will be adding this plug, or similar for sure.

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Perhaps a silly question: what did you use to cut through the bumper?

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In the first thread it looks like he used a hole saw, on a cordless drill.

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LOL, I'd have to mount mine on the rear bumper so it would disconnect when I drive off!

I keep looking for a magnetic breakaway cord but no luck.

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LOL, I'd have to mount mine on the rear bumper so it would disconnect when I drive off!

I keep looking for a magnetic breakaway cord but no luck.

Eric
Here ya go, auto unplug.
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But I think for the price I'll keep the extension cord hanging over the side mirror to keep from forgetting to unplug it...

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I think I used a 1-7/8 (one and 7/8 inch) hole saw to cut out bumper hole, I located it low in case I want to put one above it either for a battery charger or a female outlet for a 120v inverter.

I used both the factory lock-ring and drilled for the 3 mounting screws and this is rock solid. I believe an extension cord will easily pop out should you forget to unplug as long as extension cord has a stop or has been tied down.

If you wanted add a Red 120v warning light on the A pillar when plugged in, just add $10 and 15 minutes.
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2011 F350 PSD 4X4 CC SWB KING RANCH, GOLDEN BRONZE /PALE ADOBE, PIAA,RIGID 20 LED, READY LIFT LEVEL KIT, FRONT RECIEVER, LEER HARD TONNEAU.............SOLD, had an offer I couldn't refuse!

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Not being picky, but did you paint the bare edges of the freshly drilled paint. Salt will do wonders, and I'll bet in a year or two, cancer will set in behind the paint. Could you have integrated it into the grille somewhere? I'm thinking about mounting mine behind the license plate and making the plate flip down. Out of sight.


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Yeah, was thinking the same thing. Will paint the bare edges with Clear fingernail polish. Also picked up a 120V red LED pilot lamp, will test it when plugged in to be a cord reminder. Want to place on the A pillar at eye level.

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2011 F350 PSD 4X4 CC SWB KING RANCH, GOLDEN BRONZE /PALE ADOBE, PIAA,RIGID 20 LED, READY LIFT LEVEL KIT, FRONT RECIEVER, LEER HARD TONNEAU.............SOLD, had an offer I couldn't refuse!

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Zinc galvanizing primer or chemical rust neutralizer will work a lot better than a paint- or lacquer-based primer.

In the electrical trade, this connecter is called an "inlet". (counterpart of "outlet") There is a wide variety of inlets available and you might be able to save some money shopping at electrical suppliers vs. the RV & boat world.

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