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Old 09-29-2018, 05:27 PM   #1
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What Happened to my Power Cable

Hi everyone! Hope someone has the answer to my issue. Today while cleaning around the RV I was moving the RV power cable, which was connected to a Surge Guard (model 34830) and hooked on the electricity. To my surprise the cable was extremely hot, so hot I couldnít grab it. Immediately I turn off the power 30amp, to find the power cable connector was fused to the Surge Protector receptacle. I had to pry it with screw drivers and knife, cleaned the connectors with a fine steel wool pad and reconnected the power cable directly on the electrical stand without the burnt surge protector. What could have caused the overheating of the connection? Was it a Surge Protector issue? Did I have to many things running inside the RV on the 30 amp power source? Or could it be the electric outlet on the state park stand? I donít know much electronics, but I know it wasnít good! And I was lucky to find it before it really caught on fire. Any help would be deeply appreciated! Thank you

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Old 09-29-2018, 05:29 PM   #2
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Did you turn the male end right, to lock it in the outlet?
Many simply push it in and not lock it.
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Old 09-29-2018, 05:34 PM   #3
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What could have caused the overheating of the connection?
Loose or corroded connections cause most all overheating issues like yours.

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Old 09-29-2018, 06:12 PM   #4
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That happened to me at a RV park that had been flooded. They came and changed out the breaker and everything was fine. I think I was on 50 amp though.
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Old 09-29-2018, 06:37 PM   #5
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No twist locks on the pole end, only on the camper end.

Connectors (and connections) is where heat normally occurs. You've doubled those at the power pole. Never seen the need for a surge protector (but I don't have a network server on board either).

What's hot, the cord before or after the surge protector? That's you clue to what connectors are flaky/dirty/burnt.

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Old 09-29-2018, 07:28 PM   #6
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My cable does not twist in any way. I had the surge protector connected to the 30amp section on the park stand like I always do, then the power cable to the surge protector. The part that fused and burned was the male plug on the power cable to the female connector of the surge protector. I have never had this issue, and have been using it since I bought the RV in 2016.
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Old 09-29-2018, 07:32 PM   #7
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Hi everyone! Hope someone has the answer to my issue. Today while cleaning around the RV I was moving the RV power cable, which was connected to a Surge Guard (model 34830) and hooked on the electricity. To my surprise the cable was extremely hot, so hot I couldnít grab it. Immediately I turn off the power 30amp, to find the power cable connector was fused to the Surge Protector receptacle. I had to pry it with screw drivers and knife, cleaned the connectors with a fine steel wool pad and reconnected the power cable directly on the electrical stand without the burnt surge protector. What could have caused the overheating of the connection? Was it a Surge Protector issue? Did I have to many things running inside the RV on the 30 amp power source? Or could it be the electric outlet on the state park stand? I donít know much electronics, but I know it wasnít good! And I was lucky to find it before it really caught on fire. Any help would be deeply appreciated! Thank you

Nelly


I had a very similar issue with my 30DS 2 years ago at South Carlsbad State Beach. A storm caused a power outage in the area and we lost all power to the park pedestals. When the power came back on, the surge protector took the brunt of it. It was nearly fused to my 30 amp power cord plug running to the coach. The cord was hot to the touch with power running through it with a nearly fried surge protector. Also found out that my outside switch on my water heater had been fried when the power came back on. Lesson learned, when power goes out at pedestal, disconnect and run off the generator until power is back on and stable. Needed to replace surge protector, male end plug of 30 amp coach cord and outside water heater switch. Luckily didn't lose any other electronics in the coach.
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The problem was with the two plugs you had to pry apart. your surge was defective and did not work as advertised. Pretty sure they will send you a new one. I find it interesting that it stated that it protects against Overheating plug/receptacle.
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LeisureLarry, thank you, and thanks to everyone’s responses. LeisureLarry had the same incident as me, my cord and surge were totally fused I had to pry off. I will contact the company I bought the surge protector from, and also notified the state park electrician to check the pedestal. I will check my water heater switch. We did have a lot of bad storms, lighting and power outage in area. Thanks
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Old 09-30-2018, 12:03 PM   #10
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This has happened to me too. I am 100% convinced that is was the power pole at the campsite. I had to cut my RV cable and replace the plug, as well as buying a new surge protector. (I let the campground host know what happened)


Just think what may have happened if you did not use the surge protector!
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