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Old 11-05-2015, 02:43 PM   #1
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Shorepower cord loose connection

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I'm having a problem with the connection of the detachable shorepower cord on my 17B. We picked up the trailer from ETI in mid Aug. and are really enjoying it! We've taken two trips (of 3 weeks each) and are getting ready for a weekend trip before ski season starts.
We primarily boondock--frig on propane. Thus, have had minimal experience with the trailer on shorepower. The problem I'm experiencing is a loose (woobly) connection when I try to plug the detachable powercord into the trailer. I spent over an hour this morning trying to get power to pre-cool the frig before this weekend's trip (I will resort to pre-cooling using propane). Even when the lockring is tight, the plug is loose--the frig will come on but then quickly start flashing and sounding the alarm due to a lack of power. I'm finding this very frustrating--any ideas? At the present time, I'm regretting getting the detachable cord, as it doesn't seem to make a reliable connection.
Thanks for your help.
Dave
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Old 11-05-2015, 02:48 PM   #2
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If the lock ring is tight and holding, there should be no issue with the cord maintaining contact. It sounds like something might be defective, as I have never heard of this problem before. This type connection is used many different RVs. I would suggest calling Escape and seeing what is up.
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Old 11-05-2015, 02:54 PM   #3
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A loose connection will cause heating & burning and eventually the connection will fail.
The condition you described is unsafe and should be repaired immediately.
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Old 11-05-2015, 02:56 PM   #4
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Jim:
Thanks for your reply. The plug wiggles even when the lockring is tight. I think that you're right as far as something being defective--it seems as the plug and receptacle are not really compatible. I've emailed ETI, and am waiting to hear from them.
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Old 11-05-2015, 03:08 PM   #5
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Steve:
Thanks for your reply and warning! I'm not seeing any evidence of either heating or burning, as I don't even think any connection is occurring. I think that Jim is right in his conclusion that something must be defective--the trailer is less than 3 months old. It shouldn't be so hard to plug in an electrical cord! Waiting to hear from ETI.
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Old 11-05-2015, 03:27 PM   #6
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The detachable set up requires you to twist the unit to tighten the cord onto the pins. The locking ring is just that, it locks the tight connection. You should be able to to use the cord without the locking ring if used properly. I also suggest you purchase a 90 degree attachment that takes the wire pressure off the connection point. Here is one Amazon.com: Marinco 1RPC50RV Right Angle Locking Adapter: Sports & Outdoors
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Old 11-05-2015, 03:37 PM   #7
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Folks:
I'm having a problem with the connection of the detachable shorepower cord on my 17B. We picked up the trailer from ETI in mid Aug. and are really enjoying it! We've taken two trips (of 3 weeks each) and are getting ready for a weekend trip before ski season starts.
We primarily boondock--frig on propane. Thus, have had minimal experience with the trailer on shorepower. The problem I'm experiencing is a loose (woobly) connection when I try to plug the detachable powercord into the trailer. I spent over an hour this morning trying to get power to pre-cool the frig before this weekend's trip (I will resort to pre-cooling using propane). Even when the lockring is tight, the plug is loose--the frig will come on but then quickly start flashing and sounding the alarm due to a lack of power. I'm finding this very frustrating--any ideas? At the present time, I'm regretting getting the detachable cord, as it doesn't seem to make a reliable connection.
Thanks for your help.
Dave
Had EXACTLY the same problem on our two month old pre-owned 2015 17B delivered to the original owner in June 2015. Also, it always seemed like I was cross threading the ring than holds it in. Even with the ring fully tightened, the connection wobbled! Consequently the surge protector (EMS) would cut the power. Disappointing to say the least.

Even though the trailer was brand new, second owner has no warrantee. So I purchased another shore cord from amazon and it works perfectly.

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The detachable set up requires you to twist the unit to tighten the cord onto the pins. The locking ring is just that, it locks the tight connection. You should be able to to use the cord without the locking ring if used properly. I also suggest you purchase a 90 degree attachment that takes the wire pressure off the connection point. Here is one Amazon.com: Marinco 1RPC50RV Right Angle Locking Adapter: Sports & Outdoors
Even cheaper for Canadians, that doesn't happen very often.

http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B002...A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB
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Old 11-05-2015, 03:52 PM   #9
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Had EXACTLY the same problem on our two month old pre-owned 2015 17B delivered to the original owner in June 2015. Also, it always seemed like I was cross threading the ring than holds it in. Even with the ring fully tightened, the connection wobbled! Consequently the surge protector (EMS) would cut the power. Disappointing to say the least.

Even though the trailer was brand new, second owner has no warrantee. So I purchased another shore cord from amazon and it works perfectly.

Fred
I have had no problems maintaining a good connection, but the threaded ring is almost impossible to get on without cross threading. Not going to worry about it. Loren
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Old 11-05-2015, 03:52 PM   #10
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Fred:
Sorry that you experienced this problem (and that as a second owner you had no warranty), but it is reassuring that I'm not the only one experiencing it. Thanks for the reassurance. I'll wait to hear from ETI before I take any further action.
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