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Old 01-20-2016, 09:25 PM   #1
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Question power cords joined in bad weather

When 2 30 amp cords (or 30amp with 15amp cord) are used together should joint be protected from weather somehow? If so, anyone have good idea how other then duct tape and plastic bag?
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:50 PM   #2
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I generally use a 1-gallon zip lock bag, but no duct tape. I may place it on a block to raise it an inch or two off the ground. Generally, the weight of the joined connections will keep the bag in place.


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Old 01-21-2016, 05:32 AM   #3
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How is this thread different from the last one you raised in the Electrical section? You received many comments with respect to the connection being out in the rain.
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Old 01-21-2016, 06:25 AM   #4
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Not sure such connections are much of an issue, but if you are worried just buy a longer cord. Peace of mind might be worth it.
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Old 01-21-2016, 08:54 AM   #5
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This horse may not be dead yet, so a quick note. Rain water should not be a problem, it is distilled (de-ionized) and it is not a conductor. On the other hand out of the tap, dirty or salty (including bathtub) water is an electrolyte, albeit weak, and will conduct. Remember reading about all those sea water flooded Teslas that caught fire after hurricane Sandy?

I would not worry about it too much, but I would use a plastic bag myself, or some simple cover. Spraying WD40 on the cord ends may be useful as well.
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Old 01-21-2016, 01:57 PM   #6
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I've seen people use a medium sized plastic tote with holes cut in the opposite ends for the cords to run through, then connect them inside the tote, suspended off of the bottom, then with the lid of the tote on, water is shed and doesn't get into the tote. Then they store their extension cords inside the tote. I thought that seemed like a good idea. and a way to carry wet extension cords, too.
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Hi All,

Living for over 10 years in this 5th wheel I just
cover up the cord connection with whatever is
around. Have used a bucket and now use part
of cable company box. No failures through rain
and snow.

Use a bucket on Battery Tender for Trillium.
Works fine in bad weather.

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Old 01-23-2016, 04:48 PM   #8
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Take a look at this site www.pinterest.com/pin/192810427771536993 I have tried it and it works, you can sit a brick on top if you are worried about wind.
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