Replacing Broken 30 amp plug - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-19-2019, 10:52 AM   #1
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Hi All!
After dragging the electric cord down a highway (it came out of the portal), I bought a replacement plug online for $13 and completed the job in about an hour. Not bad for a mature (!) woman who knows zip about electricity. Of course, I made sure all power was OFF before I took this on.
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Old 06-20-2019, 09:26 AM   #2
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Good job Megan. You rock.

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Old 06-20-2019, 10:05 AM   #3
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I had that happen to me once, except the only reason it came out of the portal is that I pulled it out the night before and plugged it into the electric box after dumping the night before so we could get an early start the next morning. Drove off in the dark the next morning, and about a half hour later as the sun came up I got to see this long black thing snaking behind our camper. OOPS! Forgot to unplug from the box in the morning.
Fortunately, the couple we were traveling with happened to have a spare plug that I was able to wire up when we got to our destination. I purchased two more after that; one to give back to them, and another to use as a spare for the "next" time. :-)
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Old 06-20-2019, 10:49 AM   #4
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That's one of the few mistakes I've not made........yet!
When I first started though, I did have to replace two 7 pin connectors from road abrasion before I learned that lesson.

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Old 06-20-2019, 12:40 PM   #5
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The lesson here is to "Always walk around the trailer" at least once before leaving any location, even after stopping for lunch.
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We use a label maker produced checklist on the inner door frame developed by the original owner for our Escape 21. Had the same basic thing on the 19. Itís separated into inner and outer tasks and there is no dishonor in checking each otherís responsibilities. We have only had to update a couple things for the way we camp but the basics have saved us from departure separation anxiety. Read that: stuff left behind. Checklists, aging grey matter, and reality seem to go hand in hand in hand with us.
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The lesson here is to "Always walk around the trailer" at least once before leaving any location, even after stopping for lunch.
+1000 on the walkaround.
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Also, whenever you get gas, do a walk-around, and give everything a shake or a pull. (I also feel the tires, and the trailer's hubs. They're of course warm, but if one is much hotter than the others, I'd explore why!)
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The lesson here is to "Always walk around the trailer" at least once before leaving any location, even after stopping for lunch.



Yeah have had people do things to the trailer while parked.
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Old 06-30-2019, 12:10 AM   #10
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Of course a woman who can use basic tools can change plugs out!
I actually learned to change the plug on the end of a cord when I was just a kid, I was always the one hanging around watching how stuff is done. My mother was the one changing a plug. Growing up as a mid century baby girl it never occurred to me that I could not learn to do mechanical things like wiring, carpentry, fixing flat tires, tuning up my own bike, sewing, fixing the vacuum cleaner, etc.
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Old 06-30-2019, 07:50 PM   #11
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Well done Megan! I wonder how the cord came out of your portal? Will you try to secure it a different way? We had this trouble too and right now we're using a spring-loaded clamp to hold it inside.
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