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Old 02-26-2018, 06:01 AM   #21
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I am an idiot with a 2016 Flying Cloud 26U. I unhitched everything else but FAILED to disconnect the power cord to my truck before pulling away. The trailer's power connector to the 7 pin plug on the truck was damaged when it pulled out: the small "hook" on the trailer side plug that locks the cord in snapped off. No amount or kind of tape can keep the plug snug on the 7 pin.
The result is no trailer brakes and no trailer lights.

Can the trailer side plug be replaced without replacing the whole cord? Can I order that part and have an Auto repair garage connect it? The nearest Airstream dealer is in Paso Robles, 166 miles and two mountain ranges away. : (
A velcro strap or zip tie & the D-ring thing....after grinding the end off on the way home from the selling dealer.

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Old 02-27-2018, 10:08 AM   #22
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Thank you to everyone for reassurance and recommendations. I bought the necessary plug and am having the diesel truck repair garage where I store my rig repair it. Don't entirely trust myself to do it right, but have downloaded all diagrams and pictures of D-ring and other reminders. This Forum is super! : )
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Old 03-12-2018, 08:44 PM   #23
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Someone should come up with a master checklist for hitching and unhitching an AS and put it out there.
This is no master check list. But I know I have to count to 8 for connecting and 5 for disconnecting my Hensley Hitch. (On the list below I leave off numbers 1, 7 and 8 when disconnecting the truck as I do them after I have pulled away.)

Not in any specific order .. just count to 8

1. Stinger Pin (Hitch pin)
2. Overcenter latches
3. Safety Chains
4. Emergency Brake Cable
5. Electrical Connection
6. Weight Distribution bars
7. Trailer Jack
8. Extend Mirrors on the Chevy Pickup (I usually do this last)

Anyway works for me. (But remember you also have all the water, sewer, electrical, stabilizer jacks, chocks, steps, TV antenna ... etc. etc. etc. )

Have you found that someone will always walk up to you and want to talk about your AS when you are connecting or disconnecting the trailer. They interrupt the process. That is why I know I have to count to 8 or 5.
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:28 AM   #24
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Tschleff has a good list and I will add one other item.
When you think your done take one more minute and step back from the whole rig 20 feet and do a walk around and look for what was forgotten.... My wife also helps with this walk around and between the two of us we have done pretty good except for one time when we left the trailer antenna deployed. Luckily we saw this error when we got to the dump station.
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:53 AM   #25
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This is no master check list. But I know I have to count to 8 for connecting and 5 for disconnecting my Hensley Hitch. (On the list below I leave off numbers 1, 7 and 8 when disconnecting the truck as I do them after I have pulled away.)

Not in any specific order .. just count to 8

1. Stinger Pin (Hitch pin)
2. Overcenter latches
3. Safety Chains
4. Emergency Brake Cable
5. Electrical Connection
6. Weight Distribution bars
7. Trailer Jack
8. Extend Mirrors on the Chevy Pickup (I usually do this last)

Anyway works for me. (But remember you also have all the water, sewer, electrical, stabilizer jacks, chocks, steps, TV antenna ... etc. etc. etc. )

Have you found that someone will always walk up to you and want to talk about your AS when you are connecting or disconnecting the trailer. They interrupt the process. That is why I know I have to count to 8 or 5.
And I would add:
9. Stabilizer Jacks. Don't ask how I learned this.

Another suggestion - If you travel with a significant other, divide the jobs up between you and don't vary the routine. I do outside work and DW does inside work. See 9 above.....

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And I would add:
9. Stabilizer Jacks. Don't ask how I learned this.

Another suggestion - If you travel with a significant other, divide the jobs up between you and don't vary the routine. I do outside work and DW does inside work. See 9 above.....

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We do the same thing, then she checks me and I check her.
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:12 AM   #27
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I did exactly same thing - luckily just popped out with no damage.

Last year a friend in a 5'er pulled out with main awning still fully deployed - I stopped him just in time. Both he and his wife missed it during their walk-arounds.

Many years ago I disconnected our boat before chocked - had to "fish" it out of the woods. If not for one last small tree the boat would have crashed into neighbors kitchen.
Luckily no-one saw me make fool of myself.
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