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Old 03-26-2017, 01:50 PM   #1
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Tow vehicle electrical hook up

We live in the Pacific northwest and our trailer is stored outside. We have a 2010 Flying Cloud 27FB and are towing with a 2010 F150 super crew. I have noted that initially I am having difficulties getting a good electrical connection to the truck. I am assuming that there is likely some mld corrosion of the power cord plugs over the winter. This usually resolves after unplugging and plugging in the cord to truck 3-4 times. However I am wondering if someone else has had this problem and if there is a solution.
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Old 03-26-2017, 01:54 PM   #2
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Home Depot (and probably many other big box stores) carries an electrical-anti-corrosion-grease called "Ox-Gard". It is a graphite-type-grease which is specifically designed to keep electrical connections from oxidizing (corroding).

It is sold in all sizes, including very small toothpaste-type tubes. You only need a very small "dab" inside your female connector to last your lifetime.
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Old 03-26-2017, 01:55 PM   #3
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Try cleaning/burnishing the contacts the best you can on both the F150 receptacle and the Airstream plug-in. You can then also put some dielectric grease (be generous) on both ends, and that should help the recurring corrosion, and make an excellent connection.

Hope this helps.

On edit - Boxite and I were minutes apart, same recommendation.
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Old 03-26-2017, 01:59 PM   #4
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Craig DeoxIT GOLD contact enhancer spray 5% strength works great in cleaning up the contacts. If that doesn't work there might be other problems
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Old 03-27-2017, 11:25 AM   #5
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This connector will solve your problems. I live in the NW, Oregon, and have installed this on my TV and trailer.

http://www.ezconnector.com/

Look it over - also available to view on youtube.
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The tines on the AS 7-way plug tend to spread out over time and can be bent inward to enhance contact with the TV male pins. Clean any corrosion, apply dielectric grease and you're good to go.
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What do you do with the trailer connector when not plugged into the TV? I have a "socket" that mounts to the trailer A-frame that keeps the contacts out of the weather. My 25 had one, the 30 did not and I added it.

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What do you do with the trailer connector when not plugged into the TV? I have a "socket" that mounts to the trailer A-frame that keeps the contacts out of the weather. My 25 had one, the 30 did not and I added it.

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I have a little hangar (maybe bought it at Camping World?) that zip ties to the jack post and holds the 7pin plug under a little roof.

I smear dielectric grease on/in the plug for long term storage.
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CorrosionX is outstanding for your trailer plug. Doesn't collect dirt like dielectric grease either.
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Old 03-28-2017, 10:47 AM   #10
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My Solution to Chevy TV Elec Connection Reliability Issues

I agree with the other troubleshooting comments posted above, and want to add that I was having perceived problems with the electrical connection reliability until having a discussion with Colonial AS Tech desk. They advised that newer Chevy TV's can have a problem with connection reliability when the pigtail is plugged into the TV rear bumper receptacle WHILE the truck was running. Since that conversation, I have always plugged in while the truck, a 2016 Silverado 2500HD Duramax, was turned off. The problem disappeared, so even though you have a Ford TV, it is something to consider.
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Old 03-28-2017, 06:40 PM   #11
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Thanks to all of you for the suggestions
I will look into them
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