Please forgive me for I have sinned:
Yes, I have not always turned my breaker off when plugging in.
Yes, I do hear a pop/crack when I plug in when the breaker is not off.
Yes, I do push the plug straight in and I do pull it straight out, maybe having to give it a little wiggle.
Yes, until only recently realized that the female end is a twist on-lock.
I will always turn my pedastal breaker off before plugging in and before unplugging.
I will use a little dielectric grease on the pins to help with overheating.
I will seek advice on the proper way to connect the female end to the trailer receptacle.
Now I feel better!
Have ordered a new power cord from CW and should be getting it next week. Am going today to buy a multimeter and learn the correct way to use it. I plan on comparing the readings of the new cord to the original cord. Any tips on the correct way to twist the female end of the cord to the trailer receiver? I've just been pushing it on and tightening the plastic ring until snug.
The trailer pins look to be stainless steel. The male end of the cord has some (don't know a better word for it) corrosion. I'm sure that's from the overheating. Shined it up with some fine sandpaper.
Thanks for all your feedback. In my other hobby, feedback is a bad thing!