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Old 06-07-2015, 07:50 AM   #1
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50 amp electrical plug seperation

My 50 amp plug has pulled away from the cords protective sheathing exposing the insulated wires inside. What would be the best way to protect the plug sheathing separation? I was thinking of installing heat shrink tubing if I can find some that would fit over the end of the plug. If there would be a better solution I would like to know before I disconnect the cord from the surge protector so I can slide the shrink tubing over it all the way to the plug end.
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:01 AM   #2
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Can you Plasti-Dip it a dozen or so times? Then peel away the dried dip from the face of the plug (and its connectors)? Maybe start with a couple wraps with good electrical tape for support? \ken
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:13 AM   #3
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Most all motorhome dealers with retail stores will have a replacement plug connection for your 50amp cord. Cut the old one off, strip back the wires & attach the new end. Buy the yellow one because it comes with a handy handle! Just ensure that you reattach correctly. Directions are included.


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I wrapped it with electrical tape until I was able to get a new end and replaced it as mentioned above.
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I have used that yellow replacement plug on a 30 amp trailer we had. I just didn't think the plug contacts were as long as the original. Why don't you measure them on both types and see. I never was sure and have long since sold the trailer.
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I had same problem Just let cord sit in full sun on a hot day. Wrap other end around tree or post. Then start several feet away from plug pulling insulation towards plug working your way back to plug. Back up a couple feet and repeat.
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I have used that yellow replacement plug on a 30 amp trailer we had. I just didn't think the plug contacts were as long as the original. Why don't you measure them on both types and see. I never was sure and have long since sold the trailer.

Owned 3 class As since 1990, 2 30amps, 1 50amp. One of the first things I did with each of them was replace the OEM plug. NEVER had a problem! The handle makes it SO much easier to plug & unplug.

BTW, I think the brandname is Camco. Hope you can get one from your local dealer's store, but if you can't, CW (Ugh) carries them.


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When the sheath pulls back it's because the molded plug did not capture it properly as they made it. I like the idea of letting it get warm and working the sheath back toward the cable end but once I knew it was moving I would load the gap with RTV, finish working the sheath closed and let it cure for a day or two.

If you are living in the unit and need to have it plugged in use a piece of something you can tie to the sheat 6 inches or so below the repair and then tie off the other end to pull up and relieve the strain on the repair while it cures. You want a solid seal to keep water out when you are done.
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I had the same thing a few years ago. At one park I was having problems getting a good connection and thought I was my plug, so I ordered a new one to replace it. There was not a problem whit the plug itself, it must have been a bad post.

Anyway, I liked the handle on the replacement plug!
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Old 06-07-2015, 10:14 AM   #10
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I dont think the yellow cord end would fit through the opening that the cord goes through I can barely fit the standard plug through. I'm not sure if RTV would hold up very long we full time and move quite often. Thanks for your input I think I will try to find heat shrink electrical tubing I have seen it where the tubing has a heat activated adhesive to make it water resistant. This would bond the plug to sheathing.
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You can get a 3M Tape that will shrink with heat source applied. Go to big box store or electric supply store.


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If it is an original plug and the plug is still in good condition.. I might use GOOP to re-join and then after it sets RESCUE TAPE (This silicon tape you can get in assorted places)

if it's a replacement plug..Shorten the cord an inch.

NOTE: this retraction of the outer sheath is very common.. The cause is UV radiation (Sunlight in short).
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