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Old 04-22-2014, 03:45 PM   #1
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Break away plug cover

The wife is concerned with leaving the break away plug in place all the time on our toad, thinking that some kid will come along and pull it out. I'm concerned that leaving it out will cause the receptacle to fill with road grime and may effect its operation.

What's everyone else do?

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Old 04-22-2014, 03:58 PM   #2
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Leave it in. Buy a spare plug just in case. It is of no real value to a kid, unless you have some that are just mean spirited you could use a couple plastic tie straps to secure it when you are not toading.

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Old 04-22-2014, 03:59 PM   #3
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We always leave the plug in for the very reason you describe. Even then we had a problem with dirt when we were in Alaska in 2007. The roads were so dusty the switch filled with dirt. We made a sharp U turn in a parking lot and pulled the plug from the switch. Fortunately the switch was so dirty the contacts didn't make so the brakes didn't apply on the Jeep.

I had to buy a spray can of contact cleaner at a parts store to flush out the dirt. After that all was well once again. Now about once a year I remove the plug and spray the inside of the switch to be sure it stays clean.

We also carry a spare plug just in case we "loose" the one in the switch. You can buy them at just about any RV parts store for around $10.00
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Old 04-22-2014, 04:58 PM   #4
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Spare plug answers both our concerns. Sometimes the most obvious solution is the one you can't see.

Thanks everyone. 👍
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Old 04-22-2014, 05:05 PM   #5
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I 2nd leave it in, and buy a spare.
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Old 04-22-2014, 05:08 PM   #6
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Like others have posted, the spare plug is the answer. I have several.
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Old 04-23-2014, 06:42 AM   #7
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Same here - spare plugs at all times. We had a problem with our new outside dog who pulled it out, chewed on it and left it in the yard for us to find. Luckily I carried spares or we couldn't have driven the jeep since the brakes were locked tight.
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:52 AM   #8
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Our plug, in the grill of the toad has a cover that came with the plug. So when not in use we put the cover on. Wire tie strapped tight to grill. Clean plug.
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Maybe I'm more economical and I did not think of buying a spare plug but, I just put a rubber shop glove over it. Nothing to steal and a couple of them can be stuffed into a empty medicine pill vial and stored in the glove box. Safe travels!!

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