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Old 07-10-2016, 08:36 AM   #1
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My wife and I were camping last week and we had a couple issues when packing up to com

I added another battery before we left and hooked it up to the one that was there. Well the first night it rained heavily all night, but the next couple days it was extremely hot 100+. Everything worked great the whole time but when we left, the slide out didn't work (I cranked it manually just fine) and when I tried to unhook the 30 amp cord from the trailer it had fused to the connector. I have a surge protector and it showed nothing had happened and the connection was correct. I was able to get the cord off and the end of the cord was melted ($117.00 for a new cord). I checked all of the fuses in the fuse panel and none were blown. After reading some posts on here, I am going to locate the 30 amp fuse for the slide and I am going to take off the second battery I put on. I am somewhat at a loss as to what could have caused the cord to melt. Any ideas ? Thank you
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Old 07-10-2016, 08:41 AM   #3
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Sounds like you had a bad connection and had some serious heat build up at the camper to cord connection.


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Old 07-10-2016, 08:41 AM   #4
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Hello Ben M,

The trailer connection should be replaced as the connections on the back of the trailer socket is probably loose, found mine this way. Once they get hot and burnt they don't work correctly moving forward.

On a side note I have a 1 ft 30 amp extension I use on the park side. Saves my cords and Surge management system plugs.

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Are you sure the battery you added was hooked in parallel? Which end of the power cord was fried? I would not disconnect a bunch of things at one time but rather use a step by step process to eliminate possible problems. Starting first with the thing I changed first (the additional battery) what it wired correctly. be sure to let us know what you find.
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Old 07-10-2016, 08:46 AM   #6
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I agree with some of the above posts, check the tightness of the screws that pinch/hold the wires to the power plug on the end of the power cable that plug into your trailer. I'm betting that they were loose causing heat build up at the pin.
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Just coincidental that you added the battery IMHO. Do double check that the batteries are connected correctly and ensure you have 12v output. I agree with B and B about your female connector, even if it still looks good. Make sure it's connections are tight along with the connections inside the inverter.
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I added another battery before we left and hooked it up to the one that was there. Well the first night it rained heavily all night, but the next couple days it was extremely hot 100+. Everything worked great the whole time but when we left, the slide out didn't work (I cranked it manually just fine) and when I tried to unhook the 30 amp cord from the trailer it had fused to the connector. I have a surge protector and it showed nothing had happened and the connection was correct. I was able to get the cord off and the end of the cord was melted ($117.00 for a new cord). I checked all of the fuses in the fuse panel and none were blown. After reading some posts on here, I am going to locate the 30 amp fuse for the slide and I am going to take off the second battery I put on. I am somewhat at a loss as to what could have caused the cord to melt. Any ideas ? Thank you
You can cut the bad end off and if it's a 30 amp cord, replace the end with one from Lowes or Home Depot. Have done that many times to make an adapter or repair cord.
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My question would be: How many amps were you pulling, you mentioned that it was hot? With an AC running at top performance, you'll pull 13-17 amps, fridge 6 amps, water heater 10-13 amps, turn on lights, tv, etc; you're busting 30 amps wide open. A surge protector won't save you from going over.


Use dielectric grease on ALL the metal pins of the connections. Make sure all pins are straight and connect tightly to their respective terminals.
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You can cut the bad end off and if it's a 30 amp cord, replace the end with one from Lowes or Home Depot. Have done that many times to make an adapter or repair cord.
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I did this last summer when my overheated plug was constantly tripping the CG breaker. First I tried filing the plug to expose clean copper but that was not enough. The campground store had a reasonably priced Camco male end & 15 minutes later I was good to go.
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