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Old 06-08-2016, 12:11 AM   #1
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30 Amp extension cable failure

After 3 trips in 2 months had a failure of a new 30A extension cable while camping. It worked for 2 days running the ac & then mysteriously quit. Had an electrician call ($$) to diagnose the outage before the problem was identified.

Has anyone else experienced this problem with a cable? Golly, how much can go wrong with something so simple?
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Old 06-08-2016, 07:24 AM   #2
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Take the cord back to where you bought it and get a new one.
Btw why did you buy a new cord to begin with?


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Old 06-08-2016, 07:28 AM   #3
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Loose connections cause heat, which can cause the connections in a plug to come undone. Is this an extension added to your regular power cord?
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Old 06-08-2016, 07:31 AM   #4
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Aqua is on it,Main power cord was prob "Burnt" causing Heat build up! Youroo!!
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Old 06-08-2016, 07:53 AM   #5
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Loose connections cause heat, which can cause the connections in a plug to come undone. Is this an extension added to your regular power cord?
Exactly

Most likely burnt where the wire is soldered to the brass prong or lug inside the molded plugs. Get some replacement Camco power grip ends and fix the cord?

They solder the connection in those molded plugs. When you have a loose connection at the pedestal and the cord end heats up, the first to thing to fail is one of those soldered joints.

I doubt you burnt a wire in the middle of the cord somewhere.
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I hate those molded on ends. About the first thing I do when getting a new RV or cord is to replace the molded on ends with aftermarket ends.

I also carry a 50A male-30A female dogbone adapter, and if the 30 amp plug looks abused or if when I plug the cord into it, it isn't good and tight, I use the 50A>30A dogbone.
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Old 06-08-2016, 08:09 AM   #7
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I hate those molded on ends.

Me too

I have 3 or 4 30 amp cords that started out as 30' and are now all 28' or so.
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Old 06-08-2016, 12:02 PM   #8
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30 A cord

That computes, soldered connection failing. Have made an exchange for a new cord, will watch this one closely.
Thanks for all the replies
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Old 06-08-2016, 12:19 PM   #9
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How long is your normal cord?
How long is ext cord?


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Old 06-08-2016, 01:28 PM   #10
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The trailer cord is about 20' & the extension is 30'
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