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Old 11-16-2013, 09:13 AM   #113
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Liz, the cover is simply a piece of 1/8" plex-a-glass about 12" square (measure the metal frame top to bottom and side to side) and have a piece cut at your local hardeware store and put self sticking velcro on the two sides(top to bottom) and stick it in place. The 2 frames that are mounted to the rear wall should have the one side of the velcro on them already. You can see mine here with the velcro on the sides(tan color) click on photo to enlarge it .
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By the way, FWIW, I have switched from using normal or even the industrial type of Velcro to this stuff below. It has far more holding power and it's very secure.

3M Scotch Reclosable Fasteners, 1-Inch by 3-Inch, 2-Fastener, 6-Pack - Amazon.com

It comes in White or Black strips.

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Old 11-16-2013, 02:05 PM   #115
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One addition to "The wire shouod never get warm"

I used to have a very heavy duty extension cord, 50 amps would not have bothered it though the ends were 30's

I streatched it out and we put around 5 amps of load on it, Perhaps as high as 10 at the peak.

Well when I went to roll it up it was so hot I had to wear gloves..... Till I got to the part of the cable that was in the shade and then it was quite cold to the touch.

Yup, black cable lying in the sun.. NOT an electrical issue.
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Yup, black cable lying in the sun.. NOT an electrical issue.
It was in the 20s and 30s in the shade in Harpers Ferry, WV when this issue began. I spent two weeks this past summer in southern TX with no issues.

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Thank you Richard and palehorse. I will see what I can do.

Considering this is such a potential danger, why doesn't Newmar make a stock cover?

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Old 11-17-2013, 01:44 AM   #118
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Thank you Richard and palehorse. I will see what I can do.

Considering this is such a potential danger, why doesn't Newmar make a stock cover?

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They did, 12 model years ago. Since it's an easily fabricated part almost anywhere why should they still make/carry them?
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They did, 12 model years ago. Since it's an easily fabricated part almost anywhere why should they still make/carry them?
Interesting. It seems odd that you would buy a coach and have to make additional parts yourself.

Did they make them for 2002s?

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Well the picture I posted of ours is an '02 DSDP 4090. From your pictures it's evident that yours had one when it left the factory too. The data about what rig we have is in the sig in each of my posts.
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If the cord managed to touch that terminal strip shown it could easily have heated the cord to the melting stage in a very short time. Knowing how stiff and bulky a 50 amp cord is it would have been very easy for the ground lug to get pushed against a 12 volt source. Once the cord managed to melt the current draw would have stopped.
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If the cord managed to touch that terminal strip shown it could easily have heated the cord to the melting stage in a very short time. Knowing how stiff and bulky a 50 amp cord is it would have been very easy for the ground lug to get pushed against a 12 volt source. Once the cord managed to melt the current draw would have stopped.
Great thought, but as posted earlier the seal where the 50 amp. cord comes into the electrical compartment from outside "is melted" , it could not got melted if the cord was coiled up inside.
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Great thought, but as posted earlier the seal where the 50 amp. cord comes into the electrical compartment from outside "is melted" , it could not got melted if the cord was coiled up inside.
I don't get the picture in my mind about the "seal" If the cord is permanently wired in on one end the wire that passes through the compartment would get hot. OR, if you are talking about the "seal" that you pull the cord through to the outside park outlet then the heat inside that compartment could have melted just about anything.

If there is a firefighter here please chime in. It seems to me there was probably so much smoke that no fire could occur and the current burned through the wire before oxygen could get to the area. Had you opened the compartment during the event I suspect you would have had an instant fire ball.
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The data about what rig we have is in the sig in each of my posts.
Thank you. The sig does not show on the Android app.

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This thread after reading the small report (no idea)from the folks where Liz has the Coach is going to remain a "unsolved mystery" the way it is looking. Idea's of what happened from all different angles have been supplied here........ and hashed around. All I can say again and lastly about this thread is I am sure glad no one got hurt! And you still have your Coach.
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All I can say again and lastly about this thread is I am sure glad no one got hurt! And you still have your Coach.
Thank you. Me too. :-)

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