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Old 06-23-2012, 08:16 PM   #1
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Unhappy 50 amp plug ?

It appears that the wiring is pulling out of the 50 amp plug that is hooked directly to my RV. Is that a do it yourself fix or do I need a professional?

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Old 06-23-2012, 08:28 PM   #2
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You could repair it yourself if you have a basic understanding and respect for electricity. Does the cord still function?

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Old 06-23-2012, 08:30 PM   #3
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If you can determine which wire goes to which prong on the plug and keep it straight, replacement is pretty easy. The plugs can be had at Home Depot / Lowes.

If you can't keep it straight, I'd simply pull the rig and a new plug to my local electrician's location and offer to trade for $20 or so...
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:40 PM   #4
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50 amp plug

The cord still operates, plug too if you wiggle it just so. I do not know much about electricity. I have rewired plugs cut from extension cords or lamp. they are not wired into something else though. Guess I will have to try the electrician suggestion. Thanks.
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:41 PM   #5
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Rather than use a generic plug from HD, I'd get one of the plug heads with a handle on it from CW or rvupgradestore.com.

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Old 06-23-2012, 09:44 PM   #6
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It appears that the wiring is pulling out of the 50 amp plug that is hooked directly to my RV. Is that a do it yourself fix or do I need a professional?
It is not all that tough....
If you get an new plug at Lowdespot and you clean the cable back carefully, it will soon be obvious.
The cable will have four insulated conductors in it.
The box will have a strip gage (how much bare copper is needed).
When you look at the opened up plug, the green/ground goes to the different pin,
the white/neutral goes to the center flat pin,
the remaining are red and black to go to the other two pins and it does not matter which.

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Old 06-24-2012, 07:15 AM   #7
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I like those plugs with handles and plan to change mine out. Seems when you get older you need more help
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Old 06-24-2012, 07:21 AM   #8
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It's fairly simple but if you have to cut the wire to get some good ends you will need a pair of bolt cutters or a big pair of wire dykes.
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:37 AM   #9
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I also believe this should be a simple fix. You said the wire is "hooked directly to my RV". Is it attached to your RV in a junction box of some kind? If it is, MAKE CERTAIN THAT THE EXTENSION CORD IS NOT PLUGGED INTO A ELECTRIC OUTLET.

My guess is that the insulation cover has slipped out of the cord grip in the junction box. The cord grip can be a couple of different designs. It could be the type with a couple of screws that squeeze a clamp around the cable. The second type is a threaded cap that screws onto a fitting on the junction box. If you unscrew the cap you will see a rubber groumet on the cable at the point of entry into the fitting.

After determining what how the wire is connected into the junction box, open the cover and observe the wiring. Take a digital photo or document (a sketch) of what you see.Perhaps all that you need to do is force the cable back into the connector and re-tighten the cable connector.

If there is no room to push the cable and the wire into the connector and junction box you would need to disconnect the wires in the junction box and shorten them. Once the wires are shortened place the wires back into the cord grip and secure the cord. Then reconnect wires in the junction box according to your photo or your sketch.

Double check your connections, replace the junction box cover plug the cord into the 50 amps service and check the operation of your appliances in the RV.
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:49 AM   #10
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Be careful of the yellow 50 amp plugs sold at Camping World. The connections insde really don't hold the 4 wires very well and they come lose. Most hardware and electrical supply stories have better both male and female 50amp connectors. What ever you use make sure wires are tight and not close to each other. Maybe some silcone inside after they are together to hold wires apart before puting ends together would be good.
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:31 PM   #11
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I like the concept of the Camco Power Pull plugs but see last post, That is what CW sells. (The Yellow ones)

I got a "knock off" version, All the same features save that it holds the wires very securly. Alas, though I know where I got it (Across the road from Thousand Trails "Indian Lakes Preserve, Batesville, IN) I do not recall the make or the name of the RV dealer.

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