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    Dielectric Grease on Shore Power Cords/Adapters

    Does any one use dielectric grease on their shore power plug ends, dog bones, adapters, surge suppressor, etc . . .

    It seems a little dielectric grease would make it a bit easier to get those things apart. Especially the dog bones and adapters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OurNewEra View Post
    Does any one use dielectric grease on their shore power plug ends, dog bones, adapters, surge suppressor, etc . . .

    It seems a little dielectric grease would make it a bit easier to get those things apart. Especially the dog bones and adapters.
    It probably would.
    The downside is the mess. Camping is a dirty enviroment. putting grease on them would attract dirt like a magnet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by huntindog View Post
    It probably would.
    The downside is the mess. Camping is a dirty enviroment. putting grease on them would attract dirt like a magnet.
    That is true but and option might be to simply use a dummy plug when not plugged into power. I keep my cords and adapter in a tub anyway but it seems a dummy female over the connectors would keep the dirt out


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    Quote Originally Posted by huntindog View Post
    It probably would.
    The downside is the mess. Camping is a dirty enviroment. putting grease on them would attract dirt like a magnet.
    Thanks. I had thought about the dirt/mess factor. I may try one connection and see how it goes.
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    I have always used dielectric grease on the male plugs for the 50 amp cord and 90-degree dogbone. I put on as thin a film as I can with one finger and have never had a mess of any kind (I'm careful not to drop the ends while setting up or tearing down). It only takes a very thin film to prevent corrosion and the corrosion is what makes things difficult to plug and unplug.

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    Edit: what I've been using is a conductive grease by Camco. My bad.
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    Conductive grease would be a better option. Dielectric means insulator.

    You need to be very careful with electrical contacts on consumer products. Often, the brass/copper is an extremely thin coating and just a little sand on the mating surfaces can wear through it quickly allowing the base metal to oxidize.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jkwilson View Post
    Conductive grease would be a better option. Dielectric means insulator.

    You need to be very careful with electrical contacts on consumer products. Often, the brass/copper is an extremely thin coating and just a little sand on the mating surfaces can wear through it quickly allowing the base metal to oxidize.
    But if using conductive grease wouldn't you run the risk of a trail of the conductive grease from one prong to another?

    I'm thinking I'll just skip the whole idea��. I'll just pull harder ��
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    Quote Originally Posted by jkwilson View Post
    Conductive grease would be a better option. Dielectric means insulator.

    You need to be very careful with electrical contacts on consumer products. Often, the brass/copper is an extremely thin coating and just a little sand on the mating surfaces can wear through it quickly allowing the base metal to oxidize.
    John, I was just going to post something similar ....about dielectric grease being an insulator and if someone uses it, it needs to be spread extremely thin. I once bought a new car and the right tailight/turn signal would not work. I didn't notice it until I got home with the car and when I pulled the socket out and then removed the bulb, there was a ton of dielectric grease in there....from the factory. I cleaned it out and presto.....not problems.
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