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Old 06-14-2017, 02:30 PM   #1
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7-Way Trailer Receptacle

I've had my AS for two years now and I have never been happy with the 7-way receptacle. I am concerned about the lack of strain relief and that water may get into the receptacle and corrode or even cause a short. The pictures show the issue.

The current receptacle is a replacement and the umbilical cord is already marginally long enough.

Is there a way to provide strain relief and seal the water entry point at the same time?

As always, any input is appreciated!
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Old 06-14-2017, 02:54 PM   #2
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You could get an extension from pro pride just bungee up the excess if need be i know they sell one due to the increased connection length the hitch creates
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On the plugs I have installed, when you tighten the halves of the housing together there are ridges that tightly grip the outer covering of the umbilical wire. Pretty much sealing it and providing strain relief. Looking at the pics, and I may be wrong, it looks like you may not have trimmed the 7 leads short enough. If they are shorter then the outer cover of the umbilical will be gripped when you put screw it together. Takes a little trial and error to get the lengths just right.
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Old 06-14-2017, 03:36 PM   #4
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You can pack the plug and cord entry into the plug with dielectric grease that will keep water out and prevent corrosion.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I took the receptacle apart and understand why the the wires were so long. The back of the receptacle (under the black plastic cover) required that the wires be out of the sheath an extra length to be able to fit the two half together (I should have taken a picture as it would make it easily understandable).

So I went to Camping World and got a new receptacle and installed it this afternoon. Looks much better and it has a seal that will keep the water out.

Again, thanks!
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That's a Hopkins isn't it?

I tried that new ergonomic design and wired it up two times trying to get a decent strain relief. And I consider myself pretty good with automotive wiring.

I gave up it's a poor design that offers no real merit. It's sitting in my shop as a reminder of a mistaken purchase.

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That's a Hopkins isn't it?

I tried that new ergonomic design and wired it up two times trying to get a decent strain relief. And I consider myself pretty good with automotive wiring.

I gave up it's a poor design that offers no real merit. It's sitting in my shop as a reminder of a mistaken purchase.

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Yes it is a Hopkins and I have to agree that it is a poor design. I'm not sure they even make it anymore. When I did a search for a new receptacle it did not show up anywhere.

The straight receptacle is much better and has good strain relief and water seal!
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