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Old 03-01-2021, 08:55 PM   #41
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Yeah, Some thin strips of gorilla tape or back electrical tape for a while then just replaced it with a new cover:

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Old 03-01-2021, 09:12 PM   #42
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Has anybody ever cracked the screw-on retainer ring on their power cord? (See photo of mine). If so, how did you fix it?
I have same cord. Rarely threads correctly. I just run with it, never a problem.
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Old 03-01-2021, 09:13 PM   #43
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I usually cross thread mine 5 or 6 times before I finally get it on.
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Old 03-01-2021, 09:27 PM   #44
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I broke mine 3 years ago. I wrapped it tightly with Vinyl electrical tape and it has stayed on and it screws tight
What, you ran out of Duct tape?
My DW harasses me because I use electrical tape for a lot of "repairs". I like it because it has some stretch to it and thus pulls the pieces together when you stretch it tight. I actually found some 2" electrical tape for one of my "projects".
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Old 03-01-2021, 09:28 PM   #45
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mtn matt, please tell me more about the tragedies. I've never seen a plastic one that worked. The threads slip, and the ring breaks, and we've been using it that way on the houseboat for 20 years without a problem.
There have been quite a few threads in the RV forums about poor connections, meltdowns and fires. Some were discussing the failure to tighten the twist lock which resulted in a loose connection.
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Old 03-01-2021, 09:34 PM   #46
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I have same cord. Rarely threads correctly. I just run with it, never a problem.
I had the same problem until a few days ago. There is another thread discussing this. The solution is to turn the locking ring counterclockwise until you hear or feel a click. Then turn it clockwise to tighten.

I will thank the posters of that thread if I find it again.
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Old 03-01-2021, 09:34 PM   #47
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Yup. The one that came with the trailer when new never really screwed on properly and eventually cracked. Took it in for warranty service and the dealer replaced the cord. The new one has been fine.
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Old 03-01-2021, 09:50 PM   #48
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Yep, that's my technique for all plastic threads. Turn counter-clockwise until the click, then screw it in without cross threading.
My day job sometimes includes disassembling expensive devices (laptops) that have teeny-tiny microfine thread that commonly screw into plastic threads. That works for me in any size "screw threads".
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Old 03-01-2021, 10:54 PM   #49
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I usually cross thread mine 5 or 6 times before I finally get it on.
Apply pressure and turn it backwards. When it 'clicks', you at the start of the thread. Reverse direction. No more cross thread.

Method works on screws, too...

Oops.... redundant, huh?
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Old 03-01-2021, 11:39 PM   #50
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They are only there to keep the moisture out it doesnít hold the plug-in it has a twist lock on it and the actual plug prongs themselves you canít over tighten it and they will crack should be fine just leave the crack on the bottom
It does more than that. It is there to keep the plug in place. The twist part of the twist lock does not keep the plug from moving around. When the plug moves around it can arc, leaving carbon behind. This increases the resistance in the connection and causes more arcing. Eventually the plug can melt or catch fire.
It really is not that hard to screw the ring in place.
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Old 03-01-2021, 11:42 PM   #51
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Who said anything about cross threading?

My original post was NOT about cross threading, it was about the plastic nut breaking / cracking. Cross threading I can handle, just wondering if any of you had broken that plastic nut like shown in the photo. Iíve already ordered a new nut, received it & will install it thanks to another member that said I could get it on Amazon.
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My original post was NOT about cross threading, it was about the plastic nut breaking / cracking. Cross threading I can handle, just wondering if any of you had broken that plastic nut like shown in the photo. Iíve already ordered a new nut, received it & will install it thanks to another member that said I could get it on Amazon.
I will be curious how well the new ring goes on. Looking at mine, it didnt seem to me that it would fit over the plug itself and on my cord the other end is even larger. Let us know how well it goes together.
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Apply pressure and turn it backwards. When it 'clicks', you at the start of the thread. Reverse direction. No more cross thread.

Method works on screws, too...

Oops.... redundant, huh?

Yup been doing that since my first camper. Still cross threads. Coarser threads would help out tremendously.

Ever put bigger threaded brass or copper pipe to pvc? (2" male and female adapters) seems the threads don't like to go on straight with bigger plastic fittings.
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Old 03-02-2021, 06:49 AM   #54
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Maybe a quality super glue and clamp it ...or that new UV glue

This was exactly my fix: I recently dropped mine on concrete and an inch-long section broke off completely. Super glue and a clamp seem to have fixed it just fine. I made an exterior addition of Gorilla tape after 60 days putting it on and off without incident, just because, well, Gorilla tape is the new duct tape!
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Old 03-02-2021, 09:34 AM   #55
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Has anybody ever cracked the screw-on retainer ring on their power cord? (See photo of mine). If so, how did you fix it?
I ordered yellow boot and black ring from amazon about two years ago. I think it was $6.95 . You might be able to find just the black ring.
Ring was a little hard to get over the yellow boot. I heated up the yellow boot with hair dryer to make it easier.
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Old 03-02-2021, 11:21 AM   #56
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Since you have to go through the process of replacing / repairing the ring, I would recommend just changing out to straight push in / pull out connector. l recently changed the usual twist mount connectors (male and female) to a SmartPlug connector. No more twisting the plug in and hoping for good connection. The SmartPlug locks in place and it was easy to take the receptacle plug out of the trailer and replace and I just cut the old plug off and replaced with the SmartPlug. It's about $180.00 from Amazon.
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Since you have to go through the process of replacing / repairing the ring, I would recommend just changing out to straight push in / pull out connector. l recently changed the usual twist mount connectors (male and female) to a SmartPlug connector. No more twisting the plug in and hoping for good connection. The SmartPlug locks in place and it was easy to take the receptacle plug out of the trailer and replace and I just cut the old plug off and replaced with the SmartPlug. It's about $180.00 from Amazon.
The Smartplug is nice. I'm not so sure it's $180 nice when one can just buy a replacement end for his "standard" cord for < $10.
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Old 03-02-2021, 02:06 PM   #58
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The Smartplug is nice. I'm not so sure it's $180 nice when one can just buy a replacement end for his "standard" cord for &lt; $10.

For me the Smartplug is more piece of mind against overheating or melting the old twist lock.
The Smartplug has 20 times more electrical contact.
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Old 03-02-2021, 05:40 PM   #59
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WE had ours break. We did use it for a few camping trips waiting for the replacement to come in. This type of Plug is very specific to the Rockwood Mini, so make sure you get the correct one. The dealer got us the wrong one and that is why we had to wait
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