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Old 05-28-2014, 12:13 PM   #1
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7 pin connector protective cover at campsite

I wanted to keep my trailer's 7 pin connector dry and clean while camping. First I tried a baggie, but wanted something a bit easier and effective. I needed to buy an new plug anyway as you can see the inner conductors in the pictures where the cable jacket pulled away from the plug. So I just bought a set of male and female parts for about a dollar more. I cleaned out the guts of the socket and attached it to the bottom of my tongue mounted storage box. Now the plug stays off the ground and mostly dry. I admit its a bit crude. Hopefully it will serve. Now to rewire the plug, hopefully while camped on a lakeshore or such. Just have to remember to switch sockets for departure.

Cheers all, Best Summer, john
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:16 PM   #2
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Good idea.
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:58 PM   #3
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Coat the contacts (M & FM) with dielectric grease. It will keep the contacts from corroding.
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:04 PM   #4
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I found a gadget on Camping Worlds close-out table a few years back. Others have asked about it but I can't find it anywhere anymore. Your solution is pretty tidy as well.
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FWIW, just in terms of closing the loop, I finally found the gadget I use: Plug Guard. About $10 and still available here and there on the web. I've used mine for about 5 years without issue. It has a spring loaded cover that grabs and holds the male plug like the fitting the tow vehicle has.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:59 AM   #6
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Thanks Steve for finding it. Much more elegant than my contraption. My next trailer will have one. ;-)

Cheers, john
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They make a molded plastic holder . It holds the 7 pin connector in a vertical position with the contact openings facing down . The 7 pin connector just slides into the holder . Cost is under $4 . It attaches to the trailer frame with 2 SS screws which are provided
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Joy A. came up with this using PVC pipe. She clamped hers. I bolted mine.
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