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Old 06-15-2012, 08:38 PM   #1
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7 pin electrical tow connector question

The rear electrical tow jack connector got bashed by a deep drainage I crossed recently. I must replace it very quickly and the only two jacks locally available are made by either Bargman or Hopkins. I want the most robust and good quality jack I can get but neither of these new jacks look nearly as robust as the original Monaco factory jack that was made by Intertek. The plastic construction of the Hopkins is slightly sturdier in appearance but it has chrome? plated electrical pins , whereas the Barman, while seeming slightly more frail in the plastic body design has what appears to be copper plated or solid copper pins. I've always heard reference to "Bargman" as top notch, but when comparing the two I am just not sure which to use.... I want to install this tomorrow.

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Can not help you with which is better, I'd get the lowest cost one till you can get a replacement from Monaco.. Odds are the OEM was a Bargman. They don't make 'em like they used to.
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Thanks, but the OEM was clearly labeled, " Intertek" which is unavailable to me locally..... and I am leaving for a Trans-America excursion in 4 days so must replace with what is on hand.
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The bargman will be fine. If you want an all metal 7 pin, check with NAPA. I saw some in there a while back.
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Chrome or Tin?

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The rear electrical tow jack connector got bashed by a deep drainage I crossed recently. I must replace it very quickly and the only two jacks locally available are made by either Bargman or Hopkins. I want the most robust and good quality jack I can get but neither of these new jacks look nearly as robust as the original Monaco factory jack that was made by Intertek. The plastic construction of the Hopkins is slightly sturdier in appearance but it has chrome? plated electrical pins , whereas the Barman, while seeming slightly more frail in the plastic body design has what appears to be copper plated or solid copper pins. I've always heard reference to "Bargman" as top notch, but when comparing the two I am just not sure which to use.... I want to install this tomorrow.

Soliciting opinions here on which of the two available to me may be better.

I'm guessing that the pins were plated with bright tin (good) tin is a great conductor and oxidizes less than bare copper. It also is easier to solder if you needed to solder the connections.
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