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Old 07-07-2014, 06:55 PM   #1
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Should I be worried?
Left this morning from Westmoreland State park in Va. and saw this. Thanks for any help or suggestions
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:02 PM   #2
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Looks like there was some resistance at that point that heated up. Now it will only cause more resistance, and you guessed it,,,more heat.
I would replace it as soon as you are able. Most hardware stores should carry the correct end. Possible cause may be an internal wire that is corroded or not properly connected.
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:07 PM   #3
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I would replace asap for piece of mind.
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So I can just replace the end? Would this be a warranty issue?
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Do you have the detachable cord with screw ring on the trailer if so it is from not tightening the ring and arking appears when cord vibrates not a warranty item
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Do you have the detachable cord with screw ring on the trailer if so it is from not tightening the ring and arking appears when cord vibrates not a warranty item
I agree. Replace it as soon as possible, it will just continue to get worse and could damage the wiring going into the trailer. The heat travels down he wire melting the insulation. You need to make sure you twist it on all the way and tighten the cap on the outside. Now here is the issue... any hardware store will sell a female twist lock cord cap....but the type with the additional threaded cap to keep it on is not that common. You will most likely need to go to an electrical supply house. These caps are commonly used in marine applications and they usually come in yellow. Don't buy it from a marine shop because they will rob you blind.
Also check the male end on the trailer and make sure it did not get damaged. It would not be a bad idea to pop the connection off the trailer and check the wiring. But I'll b honest it doesn't look that bad you caught it early.
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So I can just replace the end? Would this be a warranty issue?
Might be? Won't hurt to ask. Either way I would replace. I think you caught it in time but will do nothing but get worse.
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Thanks everyone!!
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An aside...Enjoy Westmoreland...headin there next month
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I would take both ends of that connection apart and see if they were assembled correctly and that the screws are tight. I'm an electrician and it's amazing how many times people don't manage to get the wire in the correct location when tightening terminal blocks. There should be a backing plate on the screw that tightens against the wire. If the problem is in the other half (the plug) not that receptacle it could possibly happen again. Most likely the issue is in the part you took the picture of but better safe then sorry.
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We had never been to Westmoreland, rolled in about 3:30 Sat. and got the very last spot we would fit in and it was tight. Liked the camp ground, very quiet.
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Get a right angle adapter and it will take the strain off.

http://www.rvplus.com/camco-rv-park-...ing-55532.html

I have the same thing but in a 50A version and it works well.
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Check and see if the cord has a manufacturer name on it. Like P&S, Leviton maybe Hubbell. I'm asking my supply house for a cost on it.
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Im surprised at how many Marine Cords Home Depot has.
http://t.homedepot.com/b/Electrical-...s/N-5yc1vZc4ny
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Only problem is that you could only get them online. Would be nice if the store stocked them. Same thing with Lowes. Lots of stuff, but most is online only. At least they ship most for free to your home or you could get free shipping to your local store.
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Check and see if the cord has a manufacturer name on it. Like P&S, Leviton maybe Hubbell. I'm asking my supply house for a cost on it.
Will do, on the road for work now
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Went to the electrical supply store and they had an end that would work. The worker put it on and everything (it was not easy) $22.06. He said it looked like to him that the screw on that wire was not tight and it arched. The plastic around the screw area had melted.
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Went to the electrical supply store and they had an end that would work. The worker put it on and everything (it was not easy) $22.06. He said it looked like to him that the screw on that wire was not tight and it arched. The plastic around the screw area had melted.
I'm glad you got it fixed. Happy trails!
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Thanks! I hope so.
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This is just a thought. Before you plug into or unplug from shore power always make sure the circuit breaker is off...
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