Power cord

Discussion in 'General Camping Discussion Forum' started by Horby, Jul 8, 2018.

  1. Horby

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    So I just called my dealer about the cord issue with the prongs getting really hot and they told me I was probably drawing too many amps since I had the refer, ac, tv, and 2 phone chargers going. Does this sound correct? I'm very green when it comes to electricity.
     
  2. Horby

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    No big deal, I'm reading everything and learning
     
  3. Horby

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    Also the battery was hooked up
     
  4. Sjm9911

    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

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    Was the power cord loose fitting in the receptical ? I was thinking it was looser and just got a little scorch mark from some arching. That would cause some heat. You have to count the amps that you were running at the time, so estimate it and see if you were close to overdrawing. Or you could just run less stuff, adding some one at a time to see if you can replicate the overheating?
     
  5. Horby

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    I'm thinking it was like u said a loose connection or from pulling it out with breaker on. I just want to be sure before my next trip. I was going to have them look at it but they said if they found nothing wrong they would charge me $125 an hour
     
  6. Horby

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    I wasn't there when it got set up, my significant other is the one to do it so I don't know how it fit in there
     
  7. Sjm9911

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    Well you can wait to test it out, just keep an eye on it for a while with the same load on it, don't leave it unattended with everything on. That way you can see what's, what. If it is a problum, turn some stuff off. Just what I would do. I'm sure the electrical gurus can walk you through voltmeater , to check for continuity, etc.
     
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  8. CivilizedOne

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    If you're dicey on the power draw and blowing out your camper I'd recommend an RV surge protector -- worth it for peace of mind. And with the state of power pedestals I've seen, cheap insurance in the long run.
     
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  9. Sjm9911

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    Wouldent that only work for power spikes coming in from the supply side? Not overdraw from the demand side?
     
  10. Horby

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    Surgeguard 44280 I just looked up has an indicator light for overheating as well as many other things
     
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  11. Sjm9911

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    Looks good!
     
  12. jerbear

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    NO there is nothing wrong with it .Try plugging it in at home and see what it does .I bet there is no problem there ,it more likely the C.G.
     
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  13. Horby

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    Just got back from another camping trip and the power cord didn't get hot at all this time. Must have been a bad pedestal or I'm hoping. Good for now
     

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