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Old 09-03-2018, 11:24 AM   #1
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30 Amp Power Cord Prong Melted Into Surge Protector

Our 2014 Wildwood DBUD 30 amp power cord was melted into one prong of our expensive surge protector when we unhooked to go home today. We went camping in a brand new park. Could their power pedestal have been the cause? We’ve been camping several times this year at other parks, and this has never happened before. At the other parks, we would have our breaker trip sometimes. We’ve only had the surge protector for 4 months!!! It was not cheap either. What does this mean? Any thoughts or suggestions are very welcomed!! Thanks in advance!!!
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Old 09-03-2018, 11:32 AM   #2
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In my limited experience, a melted prong, pin, lug, spade (and so on) is almost always due to a poor mechanical connection. Sometimes corrosion but not likely here because your equipment is all fairly new.

Perhaps one of the pins was slightly bent/crooked before you plugged it in?
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Old 09-03-2018, 11:34 AM   #3
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Most probable cause is a loose (poor) connection of that prong or a very heave oxidization of that prong. This causes a voltage drop across the connection that generates heat just like a toaster does. This is what melted the plug. Not likely it is the power pedestal at fault here.
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Old 09-03-2018, 11:36 AM   #4
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loose or corroded connections cause heat which can and does melt the surrounding plastic...

I use this to help that situation...

use it on all electrical connectors including your trailer/TV connectors
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Old 09-03-2018, 11:46 AM   #5
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cot is correct. The blades must be kept in pristine condition. No dirt or dust on them and no nicks or scars. I’ve seen people drag them through dirt and across pavement and I just shake my head.

I treat mine like my water hose; the end never touches the ground and gets wiped prior to every connection.
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Old 09-03-2018, 11:53 AM   #6
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High resistance in your power cord to surge protector connection. Probably causes are loose or dirty connection(s). Not the fault of the pedestal or it would have arced and burnt there. For dirty or corroded connections a $3 can of WD-40 will solve that problem.
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Old 09-03-2018, 11:57 AM   #7
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Thanks so much for the shared information! Could it also have been caused from our camper pulling too much amperage? Our connection from the camper to the surge protector is clean according to my husband.
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your plugs and connectors are rated to handle 30 amps... any more then that amount and your fuses would blow... high amperage below 30 amps on a dirty or corroded connector will heat/melt faster then much lower amps but both will do damage
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Also...you should have the circuits turned off when plugging the trailer in...then flipping the switch on.

And turn the circuit breaker off at the pedestal before unplugging the trailer.

We were up in Sedona, AZ last week and when we arrived on Monday all three of the switches in the pedestal were still in the on position.

I find this at almost every RV park or campground we go to.

I'm surprised that the office doesn't mention this at check-in.
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Every so often you can clean and get that new brass look with Brasso. Makes sure there is no corrosion, oxidation or varnish buildup.
Melted spade or pin indicates resistance due to poor contact at that point.
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