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Old 05-25-2018, 05:59 PM   #1
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New FW owner with a 7 Way Plug problem

My DW and I just purchased our first "adult sized" RV (we owned a couple of pop-ups in the past.) We purchased a lightly used 2014 Wildcat Maxx RK282. Today was the first day hooking it up to our 2007 Ram 2500 with a Superglide hitch and things went pretty well for a couple of newbies. Even got parked along side our driveway which is perpendicular to the street and a pretty tight fit. Let's just say that it's good we live on a street that has no through traffic and that our neighbors, by being at work, missed the opportunity to count how many times I pulled forward to get things lined up.

The only real problem was that I was unable to get the plug on our FW into the socket in the sidewall of the bed of the Ram. It seemed that the plug was too big to fit into the opening. I did verify that the form factor of six blades and a center post was matching on both plug and socket. Is there a chance that my plug is slightly bigger than the socket or some other change in form took place between 2007 & 2014? Any advice is welcome and thank you in advance. We're looking forward to our maiden voyage in a couple of weeks.
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Old 05-25-2018, 06:32 PM   #2
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Don't want to insult your intelligence as not sure of your experience level. Did you try to rotate the plug 180 degrees? The plug and receptacle are keyed. It'll only fit one way. Can you post pics?
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Old 05-25-2018, 06:37 PM   #3
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Don't want to insult your intelligence as not sure of your experience level. Did you try to rotate the plug 180 degrees? The plug and receptacle are keyed. It'll only fit one way. Can you post pics?
No insult taken.
I did make sure the "key" on the plug was oriented properly and the plug went in about 3/8". I'll snap some pictures later on and maybe that will reveal the issue. To my eye the plug and socket looked identical.
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Old 05-25-2018, 06:40 PM   #4
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Only one size plug that I know of.
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No insult taken.
I did make sure the "key" on the plug was oriented properly and the plug went in about 3/8". I'll snap some pictures later on and maybe that will reveal the issue. To my eye the plug and socket looked identical.
Normally the cover of the receptacle has a small flange that engages the back of the plug preventing the plug from falling out unless you lift the cover. Is that engaging? If so then it's in all the way.
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Old 05-25-2018, 06:52 PM   #6
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I have had the tabs inside the plugs bend and also had one break preventing the plug to go in.
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Old 05-25-2018, 07:01 PM   #7
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here are the pictures.

I may have to find a smaller plug or make the one I have a little smaller

Looks like there may some bent tabs in there blocking my way.
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I have had the tabs inside the plugs bend and also had one break preventing the plug to go in.
X2 - I had one blade in the receptacle out position a smidgen and that prevented the plug from going in. I forgot about that.
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You have bent/damaged tabs. See post #6.
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