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Old 11-10-2018, 08:06 PM   #1
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Hard to plug in shore power plug

We are having a hard time getting our 50 amp shore power plug fully seated on the power pedestal receptacle. It just goes in about half way and is enough to get power but doesnít seem very safe or secure. Rig is only a few months old. Is there a simple solution?

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push harder? seriously...new pedestal, new cord?
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We are having a hard time getting our 50 amp shore power plug fully seated on the power pedestal receptacle. It just goes in about half way and is enough to get power but doesn’t seem very safe or secure. Rig is only a few months old. Is there a simple solution?

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Put some dielectric grease on the prongs, make sure the circuit breaker is off, push the plug in and then turn on the circuit breaker. The dielectric grease will also prevent corrosion.
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Put some dielectric grease on the prongs, make sure the circuit breaker is off, push the plug in and then turn on the circuit breaker. The dielectric grease will also prevent corrosion.
X2 and remember, it takes a lot more effort to plug in a 50 amp plug than it does for a toaster or lamp
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We are having a hard time getting our 50 amp shore power plug fully seated on the power pedestal receptacle. It just goes in about half way and is enough to get power but doesnít seem very safe or secure. Rig is only a few months old. Is there a simple solution?

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I had a similar problem on a 50 AMP extension cord. But my problem/its problem is that the "ground" connector was actually a different shape than the receptacle!!!! Wish I'd noticed this when I first bought it.
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Verify that the "prongs" on the cord are straight. Sometimes the prongs get bent and that makes it difficult to use.
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Put some dielectric grease on the prongs, make sure the circuit breaker is off, push the plug in and then turn on the circuit breaker. The dielectric grease will also prevent corrosion.
Just thin swipe though, dielectric grease is an insulator, it does not conduct electricity.
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Just thin swipe though, dielectric grease is an insulator, it does not conduct electricity.
You'd be amazed at how many guys think it DOES enhance conductivity.
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Just thin swipe though, dielectric grease is an insulator, it does not conduct electricity.
Thank you, I should've mentioned that, also the reason I use diaelectric grease is to prevent arcing between the prongs if the grease builds up to much on the prong, I have actually seen this done it isn't pretty.
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Thanks everyone. Sounds like di-electric grease is the way to go!
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I had a similar problem on a 50 AMP extension cord. But my problem/its problem is that the "ground" connector was actually a different shape than the receptacle!!!! Wish I'd noticed this when I first bought it.

If its genuinely the ground pin that is different you got a NEMA 18-50, for 3 phase 120/208v service.


Good thing you can't plug your coach into that.
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Dielectrics are near-perfect insulators. Too much may not arc, but any use will increase resistance. I wouldn’t use them on something through which I wanted electricity to flow freely.
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Thanks everyone. Sounds like di-electric grease is the way to go!
and, as the doc said to the first-time mother, push hard.
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Dielectrics are near-perfect insulators. Too much may not arc, but any use will increase resistance. I wouldn’t use them on something through which I wanted electricity to flow freely.
That is why I use graphite grease, again just a swipe thin coat. Graphite grease lubricates the sliding movement and Graphite is an excellent conductor, we used it on arc-chutes for high-voltage(35KVAC) fused disconnects in power distribution lines.
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