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Old 09-05-2019, 07:05 AM   #1
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Old power cord question...

Have ordered two new shore power cables to replace my well worn set. Was thinking about cutting down my old ones, 2 x 50', and putting new plugs on to use as spares. I cut one back two feet and found that the wires had some black corrosion on them but not bad. My concern is that the cardboard/hemp wire separators between the wires are very damp. Not dripping but obviously suffering from water intrusion. Should I keep cutting back to hopefully reach dry? If I never reach dry then scrap totally?
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What amp cord? If thirty, I'd suggest throwing it away and buying new for less than $100. We replace our 30 amp every few years just because. Our 50 amp 240 volt is in great shape, I dread buying a quality new one due to cost.
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Have ordered two new shore power cables to replace my well worn set. Was thinking about cutting down my old ones, 2 x 50', and putting new plugs on to use as spares. I cut one back two feet and found that the wires had some black corrosion on them but not bad. My concern is that the cardboard/hemp wire separators between the wires are very damp. Not dripping but obviously suffering from water intrusion. Should I keep cutting back to hopefully reach dry? If I never reach dry then scrap totally?
Yes, keep cutting. Wet wire translates into corrosion ar the plugs.

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Thanks guys, what I figure. Both old ones are 50'- 50amp 125/250. Already ordered Marinco replacements at total of $1,300 or so. Not cheap but should last me until I move the boat on. I knew replacements would be needed so not unexpected and sort of factored in to my annual estimate. 2 50's are really too long so would like to have a couple of shorties made from the old. Will cut one further up and see if I can get to dry. Honestly doubt it though.
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