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Old 07-01-2012, 08:11 PM   #41
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Nope, I remember the hot and neutral being fairly shiny copper and in good condition. I had been thinking of cleaning the ground lug but never got around to it.
Here's another one for the "Herkbrary" - this is my old power cord, the damage occured he second time we had the new camper out! We were at a fairly shabby campground and the hookups were in poor condition. If your cord looks like this don't use it!
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Old 07-01-2012, 08:25 PM   #42
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It looks to me like the connection arced due to a poor connection. It was a hot weekend and we were using the AC a lot and I had the water heater on electric but it should handle a lot more current than that without overheating. It was so hot I couldn't touch it. As far as I can remeber there was no corrosion or signs of distress on the connections before. There is a little corrosion on the ground lug though but the lugs that burned are copper and the other is silver.
There probably are no silver lugs in the connectors. Those that appear to be silver are copper plated with (usually) nickel or cadmium. Silver is much too soft.
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Covert it to 50 amp and be done with it.
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Old 07-01-2012, 09:37 PM   #44
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Covert it to 50 amp and be done with it.
Not so sure I would do that. I have encountered places with 30-amp-only service, and your new plug wouldn't then plug in at all.

A better way might be to get a 50-amp to 30-amp "pigtail", where the 30-amp, 120-volt service is derived from one leg of the 240-volt service.

Since power panels probably see many more 30-amp mate/de-mate cycles, the 50-amp connection may be tighter.

(No, it doesn't put 240 volts into your rig.)

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Old 07-04-2012, 01:47 PM   #45
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Thats why they make 30 to 50 amp adapters.
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Old 07-04-2012, 01:58 PM   #46
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Get a new cord
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:41 PM   #47
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The Gettysburg KOA 30 amp sites only have 30 amp 110 service. While the pedestals have a 30 RV socket and a 20 amp GFCI duplex, the duplex is piggy backed off the 30. You can safely use one or the other; not both.

Using both at the same time will overload the circuit and could kill power to the entire string of sites. You will not get most favored camper award if that happens.
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:51 PM   #48
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The Gettysburg KOA 30 amp sites only have 30 amp 110 service. While the pedestals have a 30 RV socket and a 20 amp GFCI duplex, the duplex is piggy backed off the 30. You can safely use one or the other; not both.

Using both at the same time will overload the circuit and could kill power to the entire string of sites. You will not get most favored camper award if that happens.
Its to bad camp grounds can't over engineer there electrical requirements.
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The heat that melted the plug is caused by resistance in the connection. Your plug might be nice and clean but you are still at the mercy of the socket in the pedestal. Loose or corroded contacts in the plug will cause the heat when you are drawing a lot of current. You could carry a can of electric contact cleaner with you. Make sure the we're is off and spray the socket before you plug in. At least it will be clean but you still have no control over the loose contacts.
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:45 PM   #50
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I sent my pics to the manufacturer and they think the problem was caused by the cord not being twisted and locked into place causing poor contact ( I feel quite certain that I did give it the twist) but they are sending me a new 30' power cord and receptical! That is great customer service!
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