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Old 11-20-2010, 11:37 AM   #1
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I don't know if this qualifies as a "modification" but more of a tip.



I found connecting the 50 amp cord to our CF30SKP difficult at best. Because the cord is so stiff (but I am not willing to spend $300 for a more flexible one) it was hard to get it properly connected and locked in place.



I found some fishing reel lube (silicone grease) at Wally World. It is plastic safe. A light coat on the plug and threads of the socket allow it to plug, turn, and the lock ring makes connecting pretty easy. One coating has lasted all summer.
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Old 12-04-2010, 10:38 PM   #2
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I would be careful with the silicone grease as it could cause a hot connection. I would suggest using a light bulb dielectric grease if you really need to lube the connection. It needs to be tight to avoid overheating under load.
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Old 12-04-2010, 10:56 PM   #3
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I have been using dielectric grease on all the connections on the RV for years and it works great to keep the connections easy to get undone. I just apply a small amount to each prong of the cord a couple of times a year.
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I recently bought the dielectric grease to protect the 7-pin plug in storage. I also greased the 7-pin socket in the truck. The 7-pin has been really stiff when plugging into the truck. After using just a small amount of the dielectric grease the connection is now easy to make.
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:52 PM   #5
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If you wil read the post, you will see where I put the lube on the PLASTIC lock ring and plug, NOT ON THE CONNECTIONS. Those are always wire brushed to clean as necessary.



BTW, a major electric switch manufacturer did a study years ago and found the petrolium jelly is just as effective for corrosion protection and contact lubrication as any of the "so called" contact lubricants. I have used it for years on low voltage contacts, such as the TV plug. YMMV
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