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Old 08-22-2017, 06:56 PM   #21
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Thanks for all of the replies so far. The white wire is where the most burned part of my plug is so perhaps i misspoke when I said the "hot" wire. Since the whole plug slid off of the wires when I loosened the strain relief none of them were very tight!

Went to the dealer where I bought the trailer new and they took some pictures of the burned plug and said they would submit it to Forest River. Didn't offer me much other relief, which I'm not really surprised about, but did give me $30 off on a new plug. I can use the new cord that I purchased over the weekend. Found it interesting that there was a tag on the new plug instructing to tighten the wire lugs to 14-16 inch pounds. (Is there a way to do that with small phillips screw driver?) I'm sure the factory workers do it every time...not!

Service manager said he would let me know what the factory says. Not going to hold my breath. Mark the date today and I'll let you know when I hear a response.
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Old 08-22-2017, 07:14 PM   #22
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The lose inlet wires on the twist lock are common. I had one burn off on my Rockwood. The Furion was replaced with a Marinco at my cost.
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Old 08-22-2017, 07:37 PM   #23
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I wish I knew about it...but the 10 days were up when I first heard about it and now I can't purchase it. Our dealer never told us about it and it wasn't in any of our paperwork. I found out they offered one on this forum but it was too late.
Forest River is phasing out the 2nd year warranty as of June 1, 2017. Some have been able to still purchase after june.
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Old 08-22-2017, 08:31 PM   #24
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I personally would call FR and speak to them about the electrical issue. If this is a frequent occurence maybe NTSB should be notified as well. Shoddy workmanship when it comes to the possible loss of life is pure BS. Something as simple as making safe wiring connections should be the rule not the exception. I'm saddened to hear FR has discontinued the 2nd year. Integrity and pride in workmanship seems lost in today's society. We bought year old repo unit with 4900 miles on it so no warranties for us. With awesome guidance from others on this forum we have been able to fix our two problems we've had so far. One as the recalled Curt controller and the second the motor on our steps died. Forest River should thank the folks here that step up and respond to help.others out. I'm sure many of us would really be frustrated without the support from the folks here.
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Old 08-22-2017, 08:49 PM   #25
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If you live close enough or plan a trip to the factory,you can get it scheduled into their service department. Ask about cost because I believe they do the repairs for the good will. I know that at the FROG rally they were doing free repairs on some older units. There was never a mention of any cost. I got an AC issue and the spot roof to front cap seal repaired at no cost.
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Old 08-23-2017, 09:07 AM   #26
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My neighbor just bought his first RV. It's a Forrest River toy hauler. His first trip out he melted the power plug. He just pushed it on but did not twist it. It overheated because there was not enough metal to metal contact.

In essence, he reduced the wire size. That caused high resistance. High resistance causes heat. That melted the plug. If the wires in the plugs are not tightened down, that caused the high resistance and over heats and melts the plug.

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Old 08-23-2017, 11:53 AM   #27
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With twist-lock connectors it's not a bad idea to twist them back and forth a couple or three times when hooking them up. The sliding contact will help remove some of the normal oxidation that builds up reducing the tendency to heat up.

Same with straight blade connectors. Plug in and pull out a few times, just to enhance the contact.

First sign of a warm/hot connection, it wouldn't be a bad idea to replace it before it melts and does cause a fire. Yes, the cord and socket can be expensive but so can a fire.
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Old 08-24-2017, 06:43 AM   #28
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I carry spare 50 amp end for my power cable, have a power reel. In 30 amp word I had spare conventual 30 amp twist lock male and female just in case. Better investment in a few parts than loose a trip or reservations.
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Finally had time to download the picture of the plug and cord. Thanks for all of the replies.
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I carry spare 50 amp end for my power cable, have a power reel. In 30 amp word I had spare conventual 30 amp twist lock male and female just in case. Better investment in a few parts than loose a trip or reservations.

Have you ever noticed that when you carry spares two things are pretty much a given..

1. If you have it you rarely if ever need it. Don't have it and, well, you know the rest.

2. The price you have to pay for the part when you absolutely have to have it, buying it from a Campground Store or local RV Dealer, can be as much as twice what you would pay for it if you bought it before you left home.

Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
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Old 08-24-2017, 03:56 PM   #31
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Okay, I get it about having extra spare parts on hand and i have plenty of small things but who in the world would ever think that you need to carry an extra external plug for your trailer and a power cord. This happened because of pure negligence of the manufacturer!
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Old 08-25-2017, 07:54 AM   #32
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this is what i found on my sandpiper about a week after buy it we started to have electrical problems
if you notice you can see where the wire's were arcing and turned black
i could have had the same problem or worse
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Have you ever noticed that when you carry spares two things are pretty much a given..

1. If you have it you rarely if ever need it. Don't have it and, well, you know the rest.

2. The price you have to pay for the part when you absolutely have to have it, buying it from a Campground Store or local RV Dealer, can be as much as twice what you would pay for it if you bought it before you left home.

Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
So true, but it is good insurance.
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this is what i found on my sandpiper about a week after buy it we started to have electrical problems
if you notice you can see where the wire's were arcing and turned black
i could have had the same problem or worse
Obviously whoever installed the wires didn't tighten the terminal screws tight enough. For others with new RV's it might not be a bad idea to remove the power inlet receptacle and make sure the screws are tight. Also check once or twice after heavy use of the A/C and water heater while still new. Heat and cool cycles can cause them to loosen.
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