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Old 08-18-2013, 05:06 PM   #1
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Help 30 amp cord melted

Has any one ever had this happen to them.I went to disconnect my detachable power cord today to go home and I couldn't get it off .So after twisting and pulling for a half hour I just wrapped it around the bumper and went home . When I got home I took it all apart and found that the white wire had heated up and melted the prong to the receptacal. I dint experience any electrical problems all weekend . Even when I got home I plugged it in and everything worked fine.I now have to replace both the plug on the cord and the receptacle on the rv . Any help or suggestions would be appreciated . Thanks in advance
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Has any one ever had this happen to them.I went to disconnect my detachable power cord today to go home and I couldn't get it off .So after twisting and pulling for a half hour I just wrapped it around the bumper and went home . When I got home I took it all apart and found that the white wire had heated up and melted the prong to the receptacal. I dint experience any electrical problems all weekend . Even when I got home I plugged it in and everything worked fine.I now have to replace both the plug on the cord and the receptacle on the rv . Any help or suggestions would be appreciated . Thanks in advance
It makes you wonder if the cord and the trailer outlet didn't connect correct and there was arcing.
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It makes you wonder if the cord and the trailer outlet didn't connect correct and there was arcing.
Thanks for the reply, would that cause any interruption in power because we never lost power all weekend
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would that cause any interruption in power
Not necessarily. If you had a slightly bad/loose connection.......and was getting electrical arcing across the connection between the trailers outlet terminal(s) and the cord terminal(s).......it could still provide power ........up to the point something burned all the way thru. Sounds like your connection melted to the point of being fused together between them.

You usually hear about this kind of thing happening at the other end...where you plug your RV's cord into the campground's outlet.........due to bad/loose/worn out connectors in the campgrounds outlet.
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How much of a load were you pulling and for how long a time, i.e. A/C & Microwave: Microwave & hair driers; Hair driers & curling iron; Coffee pot & any of the previous. If you were pulling close to 30amps for and extended time this will melt a cord/plug connection too.
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I had that happen to me in my previous TT I did not have a EMS installed. It melted the Male end at the pedestal found out the park was low on power in my area and I was drawing to many amps. Had to run to Walmart and get a new cord for the rest of my trip. Now I have a EMS also check connections seen some melted.
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this use usually caused by a old plugin at the campground. People plugin and unplug without turning the breaker off.
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I fixed my melted cord ends and tested my power. After doing so, i wondered if the problem might be my breakers. I ran the air conditioner, toaster, hair dryer, and microwave all at the same time and never popped a breaker in the camper or the 30 amp at my house. I'm thinking this could be why i fried my cord. Any advise or help would be appreciated.
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Ok lets try this does any one know why a breaker wont trip when you purposely over load it .and could this melt my power cord
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I fixed my melted cord ends and tested my power. After doing so, i wondered if the problem might be my breakers. I ran the air conditioner, toaster, hair dryer, and microwave all at the same time and never popped a breaker in the camper or the 30 amp at my house. I'm thinking this could be why i fried my cord. Any advise or help would be appreciated.
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WOW!. What do you have it plugged into at your house?
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