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Old 06-19-2008, 09:14 PM   #1
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Power Cord Issues?????

Problem with power cord. The power cord shown is my second one in two years, I don't know what is causing it. The procedure I follow any time I plug in my power cord or unplug it is that I turn off the power first. Hopefully you can see the problem, both prungs are discolored and the insulation around them are melted and they are loose, In this condition it is a bad connection and most likely the amp draw is high. From time to time my main breaker trips. I reset it and I don't have any more problems with it tripping again. I just don't know. Any Ideas to look at or test.... Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-20-2008, 12:09 AM   #2
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It seems like something like a/c or something is pulling to much load and over heating the cord, or If it has happened while plugged into the same outlet check the outlet for proper polarity and corrosion, Corrosion could cause this to happen.


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Old 06-20-2008, 04:39 AM   #3
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This is most likely caused by a poor connection at the power post.
The outlet in the power post has lost some of it's "grip" and
that is causing an over heat problem.
Change the outlet in the power post or
move to another spot and I bet it doesn't happen again.

Another thing you can try is to brush on some anti-seize compound
that has aluminum or copper base.
It will greatly help with conductivity and probably stop it from
happening again.
You would definitely want to wrap the plug in a Wal-mart
bag any time it was not plugged in because a drop of this stuff
on your hands or clothes will go a long way.

Loctite and Permatex both make it and you can usually find
it at places like Auto Zone or a well stocked hardware store.
It's used for anything you don't want to rust and stick like the threads
on the lugs of your spare tire mount. If you put some of this stuff on
there, you will be able to remove the bolt a year or three from now
without problem.

It's not made specifically for conductivity but I'm an industrial maintenance
person with 37 years on the job and I promise it will work.
It's also done the trick for me on those darn bargman plug contacts
on your Trailer to Tow vehicle plug.

I use it on battery cables. I've been using it for many years
and I've never had a battery connection to corrode and give me
trouble with this stuff on it.

Again, it's messy if you get it on you but it will do the job.
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Old 06-20-2008, 09:43 AM   #4
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Dan has a good write-up and I agree with using a little anti-seize compound but I'd get the copper stuff. Like he said, IT'S MESSY. The only thing is that the next camper to plug into that receptacle won't like you very much.

Instead of replacing your cord just get on of those Camco replacement plugs and cut the old plug off and replace it with the new one. The cable won't be hurt. The end gets hot and melts from the bad connection.
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Old 06-20-2008, 04:48 PM   #5
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I just repaired my first damaged power cord with a replacement plug. All of your suggestion are great, I will try them, thanks for the info.
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