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Old 01-08-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
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RV Plug Replacement

I am having my plug on the TT electrical cord separating from the cord itself. Originally they look molded together and now the outer cover is coming back and exposing insulated wires.

I do not want to or think I need to replace the entire cord or make an extension cord of my existing one. I also do not want to put in the conversion kit to make it a twist-lock cord for a 30 amp trailer.

Both of these options get costly when compared to the plug replacement.

My question is to the type of replacement plug.

My first choice is the Camco 55242 plug end because the handle will allow DW to handle the cord easier. A review on Amazon tells that this plug will not fit through the standard cord hatch like the JR 370-2-A.


This will require a change to the hatch and cutting into the TT sidewall to put in a hatch like JR E7132-A. Iím not keen on cutting the sidewall and the total cost will be around $60 for both parts with time for the remodel.


Second is using a Camco 55132 replacement plug that will fit in the existing hatch but I canít tell if this one is waterproof. Cost of the plug is $10-15 and I can seal the cord/plug interface with silicone so it will be waterproof.

I know this is the least costly method but and asking if there is a better plug end available.
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:11 PM   #2
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I went through a similar experience. My plug melted from a bad pedestal. First I looked at the Camco because I like the handle - but like you realized it would not fit in the hole.

I searched around ordered this one -- Leviton Plug -- thinking it would fit, but it did not.

In the end I picked up the same plug (Camco 55132) at Lowes. Nope it is not waterproof at all, but since just about every pedestal box I have found is waterproof I have not been concerned.

About the only way to get a fully waterproof end is to pick up a 30 amp extension cord, cut off the female end, and hard wire it back into your load center. That is probably the most ideal method, but also the most expensive and labor intensive method.
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Thanks for the info. It looks like I'll have to pick up a replacment and use silicone to seal it. I had someone else suggest using Super Glue to seal the edges but that is not to my liking since I'll not be able to take it back apart to check connections after a season of use. Terminals and connections do loosen with changes in heat expansion.

I didn't know that Lowes had the part. The cost from Amazon is $8.99 but I need $25 to get free shipping and it is $10.68 with shipping $20.40 from Tweetys.

Lowes sound like the best.

Thanks again.
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:33 PM   #4
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I am having my plug on the TT electrical cord separating from the cord itself.....snip
Mine is doing a the same thing. I've carried a spare 30amp plug-end in my TT for years (just in case), but plan to install it this spring.

Guess I'll have to pick-up another spare

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Old 01-08-2012, 10:14 PM   #5
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I just solved the entire problem. Found an Ebay seller that has a 36 ft 30amp new pigtail and shipping is free. Total cost is $32.00.

RusticEagle, it is being shipped UPS from Saginaw so is also a local business to both of us.

I'll let you know how it turns out. The old cord will be saved and maybe be turned into an extension cord. I already have a 50ft extension but many time don't need the total length. This may also solve that problem.

I now have a solution that will not contribute to shocks from plugging in while standing in water at a CG.

Thanks for the help from everyone.
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Dale,

Look forward to your feedback on what you think of the product.

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The cord on my rig was shot as well. I opted to go to wally world and buy a 25' extension cord and cut the female end off and wired it in the inside compartment. I think the cord was ~$40. Works great!
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Shore power inlet is the only way to go. Costs a few bucks ($100) but I smile every time I use it-no more tangled cords. Check mine out on the mods page.
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New cord arrived today, correct length, correct gage, correct connector, within 2 days for only $32.00.

When the cover comes off the Eagle I'll replace the cord. Thanks for the comments as it helped the thought process and I'm glad I did not just replace the plug.

I will however use the old cord and make it into an extension for the TT.
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Dale,

With the cord did you get some more info on the manufacture, and is Ebay the only purchase source? I like the fact that it's 36ft long.

Thanks,

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