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Old 05-20-2014, 10:37 PM   #1
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Bambi's Socket is Too Tight for my Oversized Plug!

I have two 12 VDC accessory sockets in my trailer. I can't for the life of me insert 12 VDC plugs into these sockets. It is as if the ID of the socket is slightly smaller than the OD of all of my plugs. All of the plugs will go in part way, but once the sides of the plug flare out, all progress ends.

Is there a way to adjust the tightness of these connectors? Is there an adapter available to correct this problem? Or do I need to replace the sockets? Short of those solutions all I can think to do is to use a bigger hammer.

Any other solutions that you recommend?
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Old 05-21-2014, 04:25 AM   #2
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Use a bigger hammer. Seriously. Every socket I've attempted to put anything in has been extremely tight.
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Old 05-21-2014, 05:17 AM   #3
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Finny, ours works just fine. We use the overhead socket (in the end cabinet for charging phones at night and everything I have ever tried goes right in.... Ours is a 2012 model though, maybe something has changed?
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:43 AM   #4

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2lb dead-blow and di-electric grease should do it.

If we're talking about the male cigar lighter plug, I know for certain that there are at least two different sizes. Years ago, I stripped out a BMW 320 dash and saved the cigar lighter. It never fit any of the junk I drove.

I so wish that that the industry would abandon this archaic and unnecessarily bulky, annoying plug. It was designed to accommodate/create a lot of resistance and that's exactly what you don't want these days.

Maybe you can find a cheap Chinese male plug for your appliance?
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:59 AM   #5
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Seem to remember some years ago that Airstream installed some 12v sockets that were too small in some trailers. Don't remember the year. Should be at least one thread on here concerning this if you do a search.
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Old 05-21-2014, 11:24 AM   #6
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I have a 2009 19' International CCD (aka Bambi). It came from the factory with two 12 volt dc cigarette lighter sockets; one in the forward overhead cabinet near the audio equipment, and the second on the wall next to the mid-body refrigerator. The forward socket will accept all plugs, but the second socket is too small in diameter for any plugs that I have. It is located in a wall outlet that also contains the Winegard antenna signal booster and switch. I never been able to find a plug that will fit that socket. I was told that this socket is only for relatively low amperage utensils such as a small portable TV and not high amperage items such as a 12v hair dryer. I would be a handy location for a cell phone charger, etc. But I don't want to mess with it because it houses the antenna signal amplifier.

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Old 05-23-2014, 08:40 AM   #7
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Ours is exactly like 50KIP's.
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