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Old 07-11-2008, 06:21 PM   #21
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Here's the repair I made, feedback desired

Originally Posted by john hd View Post
another idea to prevent this from happening again is to eliminate the less than quality male connectors and the extension cord.

you can do this by purchasing a canadian spec power cord from an airstream dealer. they have molded ends and are 10 feet longer if i remember correctly.

call a dealer and check it out.

the other route is to by a 20 foot generic cord, cut off the female end and install into your junction or breaker box. at least you will get a molded end. however, the quality may be dubious if it is imported.

I would love to replace my power cord with a new/better/longer one. I'm a little afraid to mess with the cord reel however since parts are NLA and replacements are very expensive.

Has anyone replaced the cord in one of the circa 1984 cord reels? What's involved?

Also, I need to use the MH on Monday and I'm 300 miles from any dealers.

So, I purchased a molded male 'pig tail' at an RV place. Then I used a waterproof, over/underground splice kit to attach the 'pig tail' to the power cord from the MH.
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I purchased the splice kit at the local Ace, but here's a link to the same item on Amazon. Amazon.com: GB Electrical HST-1300 Underground Cable Splice Kit: Home Improvement

This is what the finished product looks like.
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Other than the low quality of the plug on the 'pig tail' I think this is an OK repair.

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Old 07-11-2008, 06:49 PM   #22
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I don't necessarily mean it THAT way

I think you are okay with your repair.

IMO, it's the female connectors your repair will plug into that might cause you trouble.

But that's the way it always is.

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Old 07-11-2008, 06:50 PM   #23
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nope, i would have done the same thing if there was a cord reel involved.

i have taken a couple of those reels apart to service them, (we use the same ones on our trucks at work) they are fairly simple but the parts are hard to find and expensive!

you call them ferrets, i call them weasels.
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Old 07-11-2008, 08:43 PM   #24
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I'm not gonna complain about our ac throwing the onboard breaker when the outside temps get l0w 90's or over...looking at the toasted connections is worry enough...we use a 50 amp dogbone in fuller parks, as the 30 amp doesn't seem to carry the load when a lot of folks are hooked up and pulling the ac...
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