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Old 08-13-2014, 05:33 PM   #1
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Power cord melted

We were packing up after a 7 day trip, went to disconnect power cord and..
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It melted to our portable power surge protector, we never had a power interruption so the surge protector did its job question is do we need new power cord or can we replace the end? Same with the progressives protector do we need to replace it as well? And what do you suppose happened?
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:39 PM   #2
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No clue on what happened. If you can find a replacement end, replace the burnt one, if not, your stuck with buying a new power cable. The Progressive should be fine unless there are "weird" or no indicators on the read out.
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You should be able to buy a new end for it. We pulled away with our power cord still hooked up (blushing red) and thankfully the only damage was that it broke the plug and prongs...NO damage to the 5er receptacle.

We priced the replacement ends, and with the cost of the plug, plus paying someone to wire it on, it was actually cheaper to buy a new cord.

We'll eventually get the original cord fixed for a back up...for now it's piled up in Sneak's shop.
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Wait...yours *looks* like 30 amp, from the size of the wire....it might be a much cheaper fix for you. We're 50 amp.
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Heat would be generated by any connection with corrosion or dirt that has a higher than normal resistance. If you get them apart, check both sides.
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Old 08-13-2014, 10:46 PM   #6
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Ok we got them pried apart and oh my gosh!
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So we have the part to replace power cord end bot what about the power guard? Can we replace its plug or should we by a new one? I am amazed, have no idea when it happened like I said never a power interruption. Crazy!


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Old 08-13-2014, 10:59 PM   #7
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Sometimes inside the female end, will spread apart therefore having a loose connection, loose connections will get hot and melt.
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Old 08-13-2014, 11:38 PM   #8
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I'd go ahead and replace both ends. It's easy and inexpensive. If the surge protector didn't cut power, the problem apparantly existed in the female plug.
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I had a similar issue a month ago. I was using a SurgeGuard basic protector and it melted the plug making the flat blades loose in the plug.

I contacted the manufacturer of the Surge Protector and they stated it was due to a poor connection. That my plug blades were likely corroded a bit and cause electrical resistance.

I replaced the end of my 30 amp power cord and moved up to a better surge protector. Spent 10 days in Myrtle Beach and ran the AC to death. Plug and surge protector never got hot, worked as it should.
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Old 08-18-2014, 12:40 AM   #10
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Thanks, we replaced the cord end still deciding what to do to surge replace plug or unit. I will definatly pay closer attention to the plug prongs from now on, It was always hot when we unplugged from surge guard now I know why!


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