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    Trailer electric sockets

    Hi All,
    Has anybody got a link to a manufacturer of decent 7 pin trailer sockets?
    I am getting a bit weary of the current plastic ones as they get a bit sloppy after a short spell and can let you down just when you least expect it.
    I tried an alloy one last year but it was not much better ie the fit between socket and plug not snug with a bit too much movement.

    Cheers

    A.M.

  2. #2
    Quote Originally Posted by tattie View Post
    Hi All,
    Has anybody got a link to a manufacturer of decent 7 pin trailer sockets?
    I am getting a bit weary of the current plastic ones as they get a bit sloppy after a short spell and can let you down just when you least expect it.
    I tried an alloy one last year but it was not much better ie the fit between socket and plug not snug with a bit too much movement.

    Cheers

    A.M.
    They are all much the same.
    I've used my local caravan shop bought ones on most of my motors without too much of an issue.

    Sorry it's not much help.

    Ed

  3. #3
    Hella are about as good as you can get for car use. Rubbolite for trucks & agriculture.

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    My Terrano chews them up & spits them out regularly as it spends so much time in the mud. The last one I replaced was only about 4 quid from fleabay & has done 6 months so far. Again, not much help I know but at least you know you're not alone

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    I tow a trailer every day so usually keep a couple in the shed, been a while since i replaced 1 thou (touch wood)

    On my last pick up which was murder for the plugs slipping out, i taped a bungee cord to the cable and hooked it on to the pick up so if the plug came out bungee cable held plug of the ground. Bit heath robinson but did actually work, and was pretty easy to connect/disconnect.

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    You could repurpose a socapex connector. Not cheap, but fairly indestructible.

  7. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrooloose View Post
    You could repurpose a socapex connector. Not cheap, but fairly indestructible.

    Who supplies them in the UK please?

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    They're generally used for entertainment lighting stuff, so from specialist suppliers. Now i've had some caffeine, I've had a rethink and this is probably a better way to go:

    One of these on the vehicle:

    http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/mil-spec-circular-connectors/2982594/

    Solder the cables into the back, then heavy duty heatshrink over the top. Alternatively mount to a plastic/metal box. Don't forget a dust cap:

    http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/circul...PSF_435595|acc

    One of these on the trailer cable:

    http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/mil-spec-circular-connectors/2982437/

    again, don't forget the dust cap:

    Buy Circular Connector Dust Caps Dust Cap for Cable Shell, Size 20 Amphenol 97-60-20P online from RS for next day delivery.

    and the strain relief:

    http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/cable-...PSF_412503|acc


    Hope this helps
    Last edited by Scrooloose; 11-12-2014 at 13:52.

  9. #9
    Does the connector screw home? May need a separate mounting plate for the female, looks good.

  10. #10
    It's a screw fit.
    Last edited by Scrooloose; 11-12-2014 at 13:52.

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