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Old 05-11-2016, 08:21 PM   #1
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I just bought a new airstream 22 Sport. The plug connection with the hitch socket is just making contact and does not seem to really make a snug fit. Of course the flap comes up and holds the plug in, but should it plug in more like a home socket does? I am new to airstream, cannot wait to travel.
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As long as the plug holds and the lights work you are good to go.
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:25 PM   #3
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Hi. That flap has a little flange in the back that sort of locks on to a ridge on the cable - the cable only fits in one way (match "bumps and indents" from one side to the other).

I have a Velcro cable tie on the trailer's 7-pin cable so when I lock it in (with that flap locked down over the cable) I wrap them together with the Velcro strap as added security.
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I just bought a new airstream 22 Sport. The plug connection with the hitch socket is just making contact and does not seem to really make a snug fit. Of course the flap comes up and holds the plug in, but should it plug in more like a home socket does? I am new to airstream, cannot wait to travel.
Welcome to the forums!

I guess I have to agree with the earlier posters that say as long as it's making contact you're OK, but it sounds to me like something isn't right here. I have never had a trailer plug that didn't fit snugly in the socket, taking a pretty good push to go all the way in.

Am I correct that you are referring to the 7-pin trailer plug being inserted into the 7 pin socket on the back of the tow vehicle? Since the trailer is new I am assuming the plug on the trailer cable is also new. How about the tow vehicle? Could the socket be pretty worn? Is it built into the vehicle, or an aftermarket addition? If an aftermarket socket it can be replaced fairly easily. If factory-installed, maybe, maybe not.

The plug on the cable to the trailer has fixed female pins. Contact pressure is created by the wedge-shaped male pins on the tow vehicle socket. You might look in there with a flashlight and see what condition the pins are in. True, the plug is held in place by a tab on the socket cover, but if there's little contact pressure the contact resistance will be higher than it should be and you may have trouble down the road.
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Old 05-12-2016, 05:53 AM   #5
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also pick ip a can of electronic contact cleaner....Home Depot and many others sell it...Carry it with you to use on both plugs every so often, keep the things working..
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From experience....

A velcro strap or zip-tie is a good precaution to prevent separation while towing & grinding the plug to smithereens.....


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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

Ditto on the above advice. We also strap the cover with Velcro to insure that the trailer plug stays in. On one of our tow vehicle, the power cord is somewhat taught, causing concern that it could be pulled out in a tight turn maneuver. On this tow vehicle we use a two foot extension cable to allow enough slack.

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I have found that some aftermarket 7-pin connectors will damage the pins on my truck's connector (Dodge 7-pin kit that was added to the truck, OEM part, but not factory installed). When I went to a Reese brand connector for the trailer, all was well and it's worked ever since.

I'd suggest checking the receptacle on your tow vehicle to make sure all the pins are in good condition. If they are, then what others have said is true--if all circuits are making good contact, it should work.

The velcro retaining strap is a good idea! I'm going to get one.
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I have found that some aftermarket 7-pin connectors will damage the pins on my truck's connector (Dodge 7-pin kit that was added to the truck, OEM part, but not factory installed). When I went to a Reese brand connector for the trailer, all was well and it's worked ever since.

I'd suggest checking the receptacle on your tow vehicle to make sure all the pins are in good condition. If they are, then what others have said is true--if all circuits are making good contact, it should work.

The velcro retaining strap is a good idea! I'm going to get one.
Thanks for your help. My vehicle is also new. I just worry that if it loses contact on and off, something might get damage. I am going back to the Airstream dealer next week. I hope they can do something to improve it.
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My connection is not what I would consider a snug fit but it has not given me any problems. I use dielectric grease on the plug to ensure good contacts. Using a velcro tie might be good insurance that I'll have to try.
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the only issue with greasing the connection is that the grease holds onto dirt. Great in a sealed environment, but not so much in one that is often open. Just MHOP, whatever works for you works for you.
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Along the lines of cleaning the contacts... Intake a slurry of barkeepers friend and douse the ends with it. A toothbrush helps make the brass shiny again.
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The velcro retaining strap is a good idea! I'm going to get one.

Hi again, Mimiandrews. I remembered you asked this question here and also snagged a pic of how I do mine. One end is looped on the cable and when plugged in, I wrap it around the lid and it holds everything in very well.

Here's one vendor but you can get them anywhere (Walmart, Home Depot, etc). http://m.delcity.net/store/Grip-Stri...Fckehgodd48NLw


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Free Bird, you might want to closely examine your socket and plug to ascertain they are a match for each other.
There are actually in existence two different types of "7-Pin" plugs..one older type indeed are Pins...and another more modern version is a "7-Blade" connector.
You might be trying to mix-and-match and not realize it.
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Thanks Boxite....I was going to send pictures to you, but they don't seem to attach. My truck is also new. Both chevy and airstream say that is the way it is. I am currently at the chevy dealer waiting to hear why my brake controller and head lights on truck not working. Wondering if the plug caused a short.
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Hi again, Mimiandrews. I remembered you asked this question here and also snagged a pic of how I do mine. One end is looped on the cable and when plugged in, I wrap it around the lid and it holds everything in very well.

Here's one vendor but you can get them anywhere (Walmart, Home Depot, etc). http://m.delcity.net/store/Grip-Stri...Fckehgodd48NLw


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Is that an extension added to the length of the cord coming from the AS? The reason I ask is that it seems as though mine is too short and am concerned about making tight turns. I would feel more comfortable if it was longer.

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Is that an extension added to the length of the cord coming from the AS? The reason I ask is that it seems as though mine is too short and am concerned about making tight turns. I would feel more comfortable if it was longer.



Thanks!

Sure! Yes it is an extension. I thought I only needed about 8 or so inches. I got one at an RV store that was about 3' long and just cut it down and reattached the plug.

I have to admit however that I don't know how to determine what is too much or not enough slack on the cord for turns. Maybe some wise forum folks could fill us in? 😀
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