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Old 09-16-2013, 11:25 AM   #1
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Removable power cord.

Has anyone noticed any stress surrounding the exterior plug in on the removable power cord option?
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Old 09-16-2013, 01:39 PM   #2
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I have noticed some in mine -- a very small gap between the exterior insulation and the yellow plug that locks into the trailer fitting. It is mysterious to me, because I am sure that I have never pulled on the cord to get the plug out. I am contemplating buying a replacement cord, but so far I haven't found one with a locking plug for the trailer. The other option is some liquid electrical tape liberally applied around the plug.
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Old 09-16-2013, 02:52 PM   #3
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Are you saying stress around the fiberglass where the plug is installed or stress on the cord itself? Any pictures?
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Jim, I am talking about the cord itself. Specifically the junction of the black cord and the yellow plug on the end of the cord. Will send photos when I next visit the trailer, but that is probably a week away. I wish I had a parking spot for the trailer at our home, but one of the downsides of city life is a limited amount of parking.

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Old 09-16-2013, 03:18 PM   #5
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Ok, Leon, the stress point in the cord, gotcha,
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:49 PM   #6
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Hey,

I believe he is referring to this ...

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It just means the sheathing as gotten worn. Simple matter to open up the plug and redo the connections moving about an inch or so back up the wire. I just have not gotten around to it yet :}

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Old 09-16-2013, 07:53 PM   #7
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you guys should get the 90 degree adapter that takes the stress off the joint. here is one
ParkPower 1RPCRV 30 Amp RV Right Angle Adapter : Amazon.com : Automotive
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:21 PM   #8
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You could take the connector apart, and shorten the wires by 1/2" or so too. I do like the idea of the 90° adapter too.
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:32 PM   #9
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Amazon.com: Camco 55532 Power Grip 18" 90 Degree 30 AMP Female/30 AMP Male RV Locking Adapter: Automotive

I think this is the same thing but a bit cheaper not positive .

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Old 09-17-2013, 01:05 AM   #10
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I wrapped the cord to the yellow cap with black tape which seals the moisture out.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:18 AM   #11
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Amazon.com: Camco 55532 Power Grip 18" 90 Degree 30 AMP Female/30 AMP Male RV Locking Adapter: Automotive

I think this is the same thing but a bit cheaper not positive .

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That looks like it, better price too.
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Old 09-18-2013, 04:41 PM   #12
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I went RV Power Cords | RV Shore Cords | RV Power Extension Cords | RV Adapter Dogbones here, and got a whole new power cord. $27.00 more than the right angle adaptor. The nice thing is that it is 5 feet longer. We stayed at a camp ground in Gloucester, MA, and the electrical hook ups were a long ways away.

It came today and is much heavier than the original power cord. Not sure why.
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I've always had good luck with Makarios RV supply, good prices. Also Eastern Marine sells tires on wheels already mounted, real cheap.
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Old 11-10-2013, 07:30 PM   #14
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We are getting close to having to commit to the build sheet and I'm going round and round with the removable power cord. We had decided not to order this -- so one last time -- Is it tricky and/or time consuming to replace the non-removable power cord when leaving camp? I'm not concerned about bugs and dirt but if it's awkward to replace it I'd rethink this option.
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Old 11-10-2013, 07:55 PM   #15
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Ruthe, I've never found the non-removable power cord to be a problem in my Scamp. It's never hung up and I like the fact I only need to pull out enough to reach the power bush. Nothing laying on the ground to get muddy. I have (often) tied a plastic bag to it, so no one walks between the trailer and power bush and trips! I figure it's one less thing for me to leave behind.... YMMV
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Possibly the easiest part of breaking camp. Really.
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If you camp below freezing, the cord will be very stiff and uncooperative, I end up just throwing my removable one into the truck bed. It is too hard to try to wind up, let alone feed thru a hole.
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:51 PM   #18
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I tried to move a larger (50-amp 4-conductor) RV power cable once in mid-winter and it cracked the outer cover right through, even though I wasn't forcing it in a tight bend at all. RV power cables are not expected to be used in the cold, and flexibility can be an issue...
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:25 PM   #19
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I commented in another post the removable power cord is a great idea. In bad weather or hurry up situations you can just take it off and stow it. In previous MHs, there were innumerable times I'd skin my knuckles reinserting the permanent one in its hole. Frankly it's not that expensive and doesn't hurt to have it even if you don't think it is necessary.
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:24 PM   #20
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Hey,

A nice feature of the removable one you can swap it out if the plug breaks or wire etc fairly simply get another. With a permenant mount slide in style you would have to repair it there if you have tools and parts or take the trailer someplace. Just my thoughts:}}

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