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Old 08-09-2017, 07:58 PM   #15
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Just a quick suggestion on extending the life of you 50amp plug: get a 30amp conversion plug and keep it on your 50amp plug as a protective cover. Really reduces damage when reeling in the cord.

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I leave my Progressive 50 surge protector on the end all of the time. Unplug from the pedestal and carry that end back to the storage compartment and put it into the open space. Then reel in the rest of the cable. Try to never touch the ground with the plug.
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:21 AM   #18
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Most of the damage I've seen on cord ends are a result of Plugging In/Out when the circuit is HOT. ALWAYS flip breaker "OFF" prior to Plugging In/Out regardless of 20A/30A/50A ... learned this the hard way with my first camper years ago. A few "arc marks" on the contacts and it will lead to "hot spots" which will then heat up the end plug and begin to melt the rubber. Once that starts the plug is doomed for failure.
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:01 PM   #19
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UPDATE: First, the damage to the plug... I never dropped my existing plug on the ground nor do I disconnect with power "on" and I polish my plug pins with 0000 steel wool to ensure there is no corrosion. I replaced the plug with the CAMCO plug. I followed their directions on wire length, next time I would add 0.5" to the green wire since it clamps in at a 90 degree angle. I torqued all the connections and did an op's check. I then shot the plug FULL of silicone, and I mean FULL and then attached the back shell. Shot some more silicone in through the wire clamp and then secured the clamp... read TORQUED. As to the question of the wires coming loose, without relative motion of the wire harness and the addition of the silicone, the terminations will remain tight! As for the old plug, on our last morning on the road I went to disconnect the plug by lifting the handle and the handle came off in my hand. The dog ear on the right side of the plug cleaved off! I dug into the old plug and found the pin connected to the red wire was melting the potting of the connector. The only thing I can attribute it to is a less than adequate crimp between the red wire and the pin. Resistance creates heat and heat creates more resistance which manifests itself in a thermal failure of the connection. The new CAMCO plug is installed, it's water proof via the addition of a half tube of silicone... we're done!!
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