andersen plugs mounts extenally : Problems

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 15:02
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I am considering mounting a 50 amp andersen plug front and rear to run accessories ie fridge, compressor. But am concerned dust/dirt is going to be a problem. Any suggestions how I can get around this. The rear outlet I can mount in cabin but the front I would prefer accessible from outside vehicle (pajero) with bonnet closed.

thanks Kc
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Reply By: hazo - Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 15:14

Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 15:14
Hi
There is a cover available for anderson plugs.
See here:- http://sidewinder.com.au/page26.html
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Reply By: Member - bungarra (WA) - Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 15:54

Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 15:54
I have had them outside the vehicle for years with no problem.

I use the dust cap / cover for the mud etc on the front end and fill the rear of the plug where the wire goes in with silicon

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Reply By: Lex M (Brisbane) - Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 15:56

Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 15:56
There is a cable end cover and a front cover available for anderson plugs.

See here
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Reply By: RV Powerstream P/L - Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 18:12

Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 18:12
kc
If you contact me at info@powerstream.com.au or ring me at 0427648726 I will give you two dust caps and two safety boots free to set your mind at ease .

The safety boots are a patented product and are only available through selected outlets and the one listed is one of them.


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Follow Up By: Member -Toonfish - Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 20:57

Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 20:57
very generous of you Ian.
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Follow Up By: RV Powerstream P/L - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 07:24

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 07:24
Thank you Toonfish.
The Anderson Plug Safety Boots are a patented product and are made for 50A 175A and 350A and we are currently arranging dies to be made for the 120A which ara a rarety as most people only carry the three sizes above first mentioned.

However the 120A are ideal for that extra power for campers and caravans as the 50A Plug takes up to 6GGE Cable where the 120A takes 6GGE 4GGE and 2GGE cable and are smaller than the 175A so you only need the 175A for massive loads that need greater than 2GGE and up to 1/0 GGE cables .

We have stocks of 120A but were hoping to have the boots also but they are a bit slow due to no dies yet.
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Reply By: time waster - Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 07:58

Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 07:58
I have one at the front for years mounted to the rear of the number plate keeps the driving rain out and a dust cover for the rear one, but on occasions give the tabs a clean up with some emery paper.
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Follow Up By: RV Powerstream P/L - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 07:03

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 07:03
By rubbing the contacts with emery paper you lessen the life of the contacts as they are specialy plated for enduring contact and better power transmission.

Do you do that to be true to your name as that is definately a time waster and a premature pin buggeruppera.

If they were made in Australia you should get everyone to do it to keep someone in a job but they are not they are all imported.
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Reply By: AdrianLR (VIC) - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 08:31

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 08:31
If you use a cover, then seal the back of the plug with silicon so that water does fill the plug. This happened with the one on our camper that connects to the vehicle. The contacts corroded and made a poor connection (which is the same reason that you should never "clean" them with a file or sandpaper - the silver plating is a much better conductor than oxidised base metal)

As an aside, if you are soldering the connections, don't allow solder to run over the plug onto the surface that makes contact with the other plug for the same reason - the solder oxidises.

Adrian
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Follow Up By: AdrianLR (VIC) - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 08:32

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 08:32
"so that water does fill the plug" should of course have read "doesn't fill the plug"
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