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Old 03-13-2011, 12:36 PM   #1
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Dinghy connector - cleaner for female plug

Recent trip much silt got in the female connector. Doesn't always make a good connection because of this. Have to keep checking lights to make sure they are on. What cleaner can I use to clean this plug properly? Thanks, Joan
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Recent trip much silt got in the female connector. Doesn't always make a good connection because of this. Have to keep checking lights to make sure they are on. What cleaner can I use to clean this plug properly? Thanks, Joan
I bought a small brush that is made to go in the holes and clean them.
I got mine at an RV store in Quartzsite AZ but I don't recall seeing them in any others. Maybe at an auto supply store?
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Old 03-13-2011, 01:06 PM   #3
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I would use any electrical contact cleaner spray with a straw attached...should do the trick. Bob

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Any of the cleaners suggested including WD- 40. Final step would be to use an air hose with a tip or nozzle that will allow you to blow a short blast of air into each electric orfice which should remove all of the grit.
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Non-film

WD 40 can leave a film which attracts dirt.

Lock-ese (guess on the name) is in a blue can at better hardware stores, it is a graphite spray, made for locks, goes in wet, then dries, leaves a dry slippery film that may not allow dirt to stick.

You can then get a can of air at computer supply stores, use it to blow out silt, then re-graphite as needed.

You may want to add an O ring to the male to make a dust resistant fit, then purchase a filler plug to use when not in use.
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I would suggest performing a thorough cleaning of your connectors, coach, cable, & Toad with a good electrical cleaner and some fine steel wool to polish up the contacts. Then get yourself a tube of Camco Dielectric Grease, Camco Mfg Inc - Power Grip Electrical Protectant & Lube - Electrical Adapters - Camping World to use occasionally when mating the connectors. This will lubricate and seal out moisture when using the cables and connectors.

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