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Old 07-06-2022, 05:44 AM   #1
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Shore Power Plug Meltdown

Hot day yesterday in Branson, MO. Our 50 amp power pedestal faces the setting sun. No clue the above is the issue, but our shore power plug melted at the surge protector. My sense is the connection got a bit loose and was not evenly seated. Your thoughts?
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Hot day yesterday in Branson, MO. Our 50 amp power pedestal faces the setting sun. No clue the above is the issue, but our shore power plug melted at the surge protector. My sense is the connection got a bit loose and was not evenly seated. Your thoughts?
That is the result of extreme heat from a loose prong or loose connection inside the plug. I have had the plug on a previous coach do a melt down like that. Just go to Lowes or the other box store and you can pick up a new plug and install it.
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Old 07-06-2022, 05:57 AM   #3
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Sorry this happened to you Tony, that looks like a Camco plug on the end of your cord. Not the best as far as quality, Loose, bad connection's creates resistance which makes heat. Which is what happened to have a melt down like you did. Just buy a good quality 50 amp. cord end and replace it. Looks like you will also be replacing your surge guard.
Starting on post #5 here https://www.irv2.com/forums/f103/201...ml#post6237023 you will read on heat problems another fella is having but has not had a melt down yet!
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Don't just replace the plug. The receptacle needs replaced also.
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Don't just replace the plug. The receptacle needs replaced also.
Thats a Progressive surge guard his cord is plugged into.......
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That is the result of extreme heat from a loose prong or loose connection inside the plug. I have had the plug on a previous coach do a melt down like that. Just go to Lowes or the other box store and you can pick up a new plug and install it.
Thanks. "Just got to .." was the fun part. Not a single store in all of Branson had one. But, I have a 30' extension chord. So had a great repairman come on a moments notice and we chopped off the plug on the extension chord and wire nut spliced it to the coach's chord. New plugs to arrive today via Amazon and we will make the permanent attachment to both the coach's chord and the newly decapitated extension chord when they arrive. Bought four plugs from two different manufacturers so I will have two spares.
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Typo, meant "Just go to ..."
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I have had problems with the yellow dog bone style of adapters. the plug head wire connections are crimped so they over heat and melt. had to replace my outlet twice before I figured out what was causing the problem. now use a solid adapter with no crimps. I now check my plugs to feel for unsafe temps. I have had several factory installed "heads" or plugs fail due to high heat. both were crimped and sealed, over a period of time just failed. had to replace them. when I have visitors now I make them use my adapter, as it is screwed together inside. a lot of folks don't like it but it has eliminated melted outlets. yes, they are not cheap.....

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If contacts on the 50a male connector get dirty (dragged on the dirt over time, oxidation, whatever), an emery board (smoother side) and a few minutes does wonders!

I've tried contact cleaner but the emery board works better. Just be careful to only clear off the top dirt and don't take keep going hard and taking the metal down...
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If contacts on the 50a male connector get dirty (dragged on the dirt over time, oxidation, whatever), an emery board (smoother side) and a few minutes does wonders!

I've tried contact cleaner but the emery board works better. Just be careful to only clear off the top dirt and don't take keep going hard and taking the metal down...
I found that the contact cleaner to be worthless too, yes, been doing this for years, if you get the thinner cheaper ones you can just cut them off with a pair of scissors when the end gets worn. I use a metal nail file that I have ground down to fit to clean the inside contacts of the adapters. But don't use on the outlets unless you have insulating gloves on.... wheeeeeee!!!!!
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Thanks. "Just got to .." was the fun part. Not a single store in all of Branson had one. But, I have a 30' extension chord. So had a great repairman come on a moments notice and we chopped off the plug on the extension chord and wire nut spliced it to the coach's chord. New plugs to arrive today via Amazon and we will make the permanent attachment to both the coach's chord and the newly decapitated extension chord when they arrive. Bought four plugs from two different manufacturers so I will have two spares.
Dont be afraid to use some Ox-gard on the terminals. Keeps oxidation from forming when it does heat up.
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If contacts on the 50a male connector get dirty (dragged on the dirt over time, oxidation, whatever), an emery board (smoother side) and a few minutes does wonders!

I've tried contact cleaner but the emery board works better. Just be careful to only clear off the top dirt and don't take keep going hard and taking the metal down...
Typically I do not unplug the coach's chord from the surge protector. The meltdown occurred at that connection that I rarely separate. Is that an issue?
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