Electric cable

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  1. Lookaround

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    I'm having trouble with the electric cable. When I'm plugging the cable into the Motorhome it is very difficult to get it in fully. Then when I'm disconnecting it it a is getting almost impossible to pull it out. If there anyway to make this any easier - could I put some oil on the outer edge of the van socket - avoiding the pins obviously.
     
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    I think you will have a small clip/locking mechanism that holds it in place, mine has.
     
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    the pins on the plug and socket are probably corroded..

    clean the pins with some emery cloth and lubricate with Vaseline or silicone grease or just tray a spray with WD40 or silicone

    warning.... don't start until you have the supply plug out and beside you
     
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    Try a bit of silicone spray that would be safer than oil
     
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    #boringfrog When you mention about the clip/ locking mechanism do you mean the cover of the blue plug which fits over the socket or is there something else there that I'm missing. This hasn't always been a problem - it's always been a bit stiff but now it's got really tough in just the last month or so.

    Regarding the silicone spray - an I spray directly on to the pins. Next question - where would I get silicone spray - motor factors?
     
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    yes.. spray the pins and the socket liberally .. then work the plug in and out ..

    buy at Halfords
     
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    Wouldn't be without it(y)
     
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    It would be better to strip the plug down and clean the pins up, make sure the electrical connections are made well with all the pulling and tugging you have had to do. You can get tiny bottle brush type wire brushes that are ideal for cleaning the socket part with. eBay or Halfrauds will have both the silicon spray and the wire brush.(y)
     
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    There may be a small lever alongside the socket which needs lifting to allow full engagement. . And again to allow you to disconnect.. mine has that feature ..worth looking..
    You could get silicone spray from a builders merchants / plumbers..
    Ta andy
     
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    Usually to the left of socket there is a small blue lever that you need to push down to release the plug and withdraw it..
     
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    ours has a lever on the left that you hold down with your thumb to release the plug

    joe
     
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    Here you go... This is what I and others have mentioned.. It might be that causing difficulty.
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    Yes but the OP says he's having trouble getting it in (oooer Mrs) the plug should be easy both ways.
     
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    done that myself... but sometimes it's cheaper and easier just to fit a new plug..
     
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    I've got the same problem - a bit tight when plugging in and you're not 100% sure if it's fully engaged. Really difficult to pull out. The lever makes no difference. The pins in the socket look OK, but difficult to tell with the cables (10m & 25m). I'll have to try silicone spray or similar.
     
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    I had same problem. We only use ehu a couple of times a year and I blamed lavk of use of the lad.
    Silicone spray on the plastic cured it and won't harm the pins.
    Made a world of difference.

    Slides in and out beautifully now!
     
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    Some of these plugs can be really tight, I have the same ones on my workshop machines and I fell over pulling one out when it didn't come I pulled very hard and it gave, so did I straight back on my bum. The contacts are tight for a good current draw, I pull 32 amps on start up for the saw.
     
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    These BS 4343 blue plugs and skts are rated at 16 a so be careful drawing 32a.
     
  20. Lee Fryer

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    Lidl do a good silicon spray.
    Lee
     
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