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Old 06-20-2014, 12:42 PM   #1
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Enough time has passed, so I'll admit

to our first "oops" on our 5er.

We bought 'er in January. All went swimmingly as she sat in the back yard on shore power. However, an ice storm was headed our way and she sits under a huge live oak.

OK, so we'll hitch up and drag 'er out into the drive way overnight where it's clear overhead and leave her hitched to "Biff" overnight.

With our extension cord we could still hook up shore power if we backed 'er up snug up against the closed double gates of the privacy fenced back yard.

Here's where the oops happens.

Ice storm was bad enough to warrant the relocation and after it melted we decided to return 'er to the back yard. Have to pull away from the gates to open them. Can you see this coming?

We ALWAYS do a walk around before pulling, but we're snug up against the gates.

DH starts to pull away and it sounded like a large rock popped out from underneath a tire. I'm looking around for the rock when I spot it.

NO, it was the power chord snapping out of the receptacle on the trailer.

Good news; only damaged the prongs on the male plug of the chord. Nothing damaged on the 5er receptacle.

Bad news; replacing that plug would have cost more than buying a new chord and it would take 3 days to get it done. We needed 'er hooked back up with heaters running inside. Bought a replacement the next day.

SO, we have a new bright yellow cord for "Buffy" and the original black one resides in his shop, still with a bad plug on the male end.

This all happened before we ever took 'er on the shake down.

So yeah, Buffy sports the yellowcord of shame every time we go camping.

There....I feel better now!
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Old 06-20-2014, 01:01 PM   #2
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Now wait,should you Tithe at least 10% for (Forgiveness)! Youroo!! If so send it to OC! Youroo!!
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Old 06-20-2014, 01:14 PM   #3
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(chuckle) you have NO idea how difficult it was to confess this rookie mistake. But I felt guilty every time someone else confessed their ooops.

The pits in both our stomachs had to be as big as basketballs when we saw that cord lying on the ground about 10' away from the receptacle on the *other* side of the gates.

And that POP was LOUD! We expected to then see a huge chunk ripped out of the side of the 5er.

Got lucky, we did! But, the yellow cord is easier to see now.
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Old 06-20-2014, 01:26 PM   #4
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The (Yeller Cord) don't mean your a Rookie,51.5% come from the Factory with (Yeller Cords)! Youroo!!
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Old 06-20-2014, 01:35 PM   #5
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Well that's good to know. But for us it *is* the yeller cord of shame cuz it constantly reminds us of our snafu. ;-)
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Old 06-20-2014, 01:45 PM   #6
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Old 06-20-2014, 01:46 PM   #7
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We have a yellow cord as well. The black supplied cord was not fully molded and water leaked into the trailer end and it started getting hot and burned it up. Dealers gave us a new one right away and I choose the sealed one. You are not alone.! The ends to repair are available at Home Depot.

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Old 06-20-2014, 02:03 PM   #8
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Thanks for the info B and B. He'll eventually get it fixed for a back up I suppose.

But....he HATES working with electricity. Literally HATES it. And working with 50 amp sized wiring is a bugger.

Me? Heck if I wanna change out a receptacle here at home I go throw the MAIN breaker, just to be sure.

Last time I didn't throw the main (I was removing a dead security light on the eve of the carport that was haphazardly mounted by a previous owner...a true eyesore) as soon as I cut thru the wires ...yes, stupid me, I cut thru both at the same time... the side cutters went 30' up on to the roof and I landed 10' on the ground off the ladder. /snark I think the neighbors three houses down heard me yellin' worty dirds. I *detest* getting shocked as much as gettin' popped by a rubber band or having my hair pulled.

My ex is an electrician. I kept wanting a ceiling fan over the dining table. He'd bought me one but kept putting off the install. One day he came home and I was standing on the table, light fixture gone and wires hanging out of the ceiling. Houston we have a problem; more wires coming out of the ceiling than there was coming out of the fan. Of course he THEN had to install it instead of continuing to put me off. A few hours of a grouchy electrician husband was worth it. I HAD MY CEILING FAN!

OC says I'm sneaky/crafty. He don't know the half of it!

*had a guy swat me once with one of those electric fly swatters. NOT the response he was prepared for.
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Get some black vinyl paint and cover it up.
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Old 06-20-2014, 06:40 PM   #10
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I did the same thing in the MH. All set to pull out but got distracted talking to a friend and forgot the electric cord. Cord was fine but bent the hole and ripped the outlet off the wall. Hmm don't really feel better confessing. I do double check every time now.
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