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Old 06-02-2011, 07:17 PM   #11
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Yeah even I can smear a little grease, or operate a sledge hammer (but not for very long!)
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:31 PM   #12
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snip.....When hooked to shore power just to keep up the battery, not running much, would it still be necessary to pull it out?
Well, that's what I do. When at home, want to charge the battery or other light loads, I don't pull the cord all the way out. If you're worried about it, just feel the converter box. If it's warm, but you are able to hold your hand against it, you're okay. If touching it is uncomfortable, then you know what to do.
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Old 06-03-2011, 12:14 PM   #13
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If a 30Amp cord went "up in flames" while pluged into a 30Amp service (or a 50A into a 50A service) something with the service was WAY wrong. The CB shoulld have popped well before any danger of a fire.
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Old 06-03-2011, 12:41 PM   #14
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We had something like this happen in Iraq several times with cheap Chinese-made extension cords/power strips (on 220). If you didn't uncoil the cord (which came coiled with twist ties holding it together) before use, after a while the coating/insulation would begin to melt. If you didn't catch it then, it would eventually start to burn. With flames!

After seeing this, I have always pulled out my shore power cord all the way--just to be safe. It may never happen to my TT, but it only costs a few more seconds to pull it out all the way.
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Old 06-03-2011, 07:57 PM   #15
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Mentioning Chinese power cords.......there are some power cords out there (of many application types), which say they are 10 gauge (or other gauge), but due to high copper prices, the conductor is actually one or two gauges smaller than required by spec. The only way to tell for sure is expose the copper and measure the conductor diameter. A secondary check would be to touch the cable when under a 30 amp load. A true 10 gauge wire will be cool to the touch with 30 amps running thru it.
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Old 06-03-2011, 09:18 PM   #16
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I must say this is something I never considered and have always pulled out only what was necessary. I guess I will pull it all they way out from now on to be safe. When hooked to shore power just to keep up the battery, not running much, would it still be necessary to pull it out?
I would not hesitate to do that overnight to keep the battery charged and fridge running, but if I was going to run anything like the A/C or Water Heater - I would pull it all the way out. I also pull mine all the way out when it is storage and plugged up.
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Old 06-04-2011, 07:26 AM   #17
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on our last outing we we disconnected our power cord the prongs were so hot they burned the skin. We assumed that because the campground was full and it was hot out that the campground power could not keep up with the demand or is this common for TT cords to heat up under a load of AC, Fridge etc. Is there anything we can purchase to help protect our TT from the cord overheating
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on our last outing we we disconnected our power cord the prongs were so hot they burned the skin. We assumed that because the campground was full and it was hot out that the campground power could not keep up with the demand or is this common for TT cords to heat up under a load of AC, Fridge etc. Is there anything we can purchase to help protect our TT from the cord overheating
Excessive heating like that is a sign of a poor connection. If you only experienced that in the one CG, then it's possible the poor connection was inside the CG's pedistal recepticle, rather than inside your plug. One possibility is the terminals inside the CG's recepticle had become corroded from weather exposure. In that case, plugging and unplugging multiple times may help the condition. Electrical supply stores sell a grease called Penetrox meant for applying to electrical terminal connections to aid conductivity. The multiple pluging in and out, plus applying the grease to your cord prongs, is a possible quick fix. The best fix would be for the CG to replace the corroded terminal. These are all educated guesses on why your cord prongs were hot.

As a side note: routine preventive maintainence for industrial electrical panels, is to take infared pictures looking for hot connections. If found, steps are taken to correct the poor connection.
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Old 06-04-2011, 08:56 AM   #19
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on our last outing we we disconnected our power cord the prongs were so hot they burned the skin. We assumed that because the campground was full and it was hot out that the campground power could not keep up with the demand or is this common for TT cords to heat up under a load of AC, Fridge etc. Is there anything we can purchase to help protect our TT from the cord overheating
I dont know if this will stop that.. BUT I would not plug into a campground without one of these inline..

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...rge-guard/2279

expensive YES but well worth the price...
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My plug melted pretty good about a year ago. It was in a very old pedestal and I can only assume it was a bad connection. The rubber melted some and the prongs were discolored. I purchased an EMS, but that probably wont be a fix-all...it just happens - which is why I always carry an extra plug with me.

One thing I do - I carry a 50 to 30 adapter. Whenever I am at a 50 spot, I use it instead. I figure it is less often used and will be in better shape.
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