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Old 12-17-2017, 02:18 PM   #11
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USB outlet installations

If you have limited depth for an old work box . You can use a cooper GFER extension to allow depth for the outlet device.
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Old 12-17-2017, 02:19 PM   #12
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This is what we have used...

https://www.amazon.com/Decor-USB-Out...51ATJ0RF76WEJ7



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Old 12-17-2017, 02:51 PM   #13
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You might want to look at Snappower,com. I have three of their nightlight version running in our house. I think it is close to 2 years now.
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Old 12-17-2017, 06:43 PM   #14
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This is what we have used...

https://www.amazon.com/Decor-USB-Out...51ATJ0RF76WEJ7



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This won't work on an RV outlet, unless you've already replaced it with a home-style outlet. RV outlets are called "self-contained" outlets and have no screws on the outside to provide power. RV outlets look like this:
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You lay the wiring inside it and when you snap on the back, internal metal prongs cut through the wiring's insulation and make the electrical connection. Because it's all internal, there is no normal electrical box. They are fast and easy for the manufacturers to install.

That's why if you want to use normal house-style outlet with USB ports, which has screws for the wiring, you need to install an electrical box to protect the screws from shorting on something.

UPDATE:
After some searching I THINK i've found a self-contained outlet with USB. See here, pg 7:

http://www.hubbell-wirecon.com/liter...on_catalog.pdf

Not sure where you'd buy them, though.

Don't let the special tool scare you off. You can start each wire individually by just pushing them down on the prongs with a screwdriver, than put the back on, put a block on wood on each side, and use a C-clamp to squeeze them together.

UPDATE UPDATE:
Here's a video of a guy tapping into the self-contained outlet under his dinette and routing power to a 2nd USB outlet installed in an electrical box. He COULD have simply installed the electrical box and USB outlet in place of the original self-contained outlet, but I'm guessing he wanted his USB outlet closer to the aisle (I'm guessing because I only "spot-watched" the video, as I've already done something similar, but with a regular duplex outlet, not a USB one.)

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Old 12-17-2017, 07:41 PM   #15
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I don't know much about RV electricity, but I'm wondering if this would work?
Snappower.com has an outlet cover that converts a regular outlet to a USB charger plus outlet, just by replacing the plastic cover.
I ordered a few, but they are still in transit so I don't know how they will work in an RV.
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I don't know much about RV electricity, but I'm wondering if this would work?
Snappower.com has an outlet cover that converts a regular outlet to a USB charger plus outlet, just by replacing the plastic cover.
I ordered a few, but they are still in transit so I don't know how they will work in an RV.
If they're like the ones in Post #12, they won't work. See why in post #13.
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Rockfordroo, you are correct, sir! The outlet was one that the previous owner had put in our MH. Didn't know that the original outlets were different. Thanks for pointing this out!

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i did this in my 2014 georgetown xl. the outside wall are abou 1-1/2" thick. the recp I bought from amazon was too big, so I madea 1/2' spacer from wood and painted it black. the couch uses 12 gauge wire so it is very stiff, so make sure screws are tight.
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Whatever receptacle or external plug you use, be sure it has plenty of amperage. I used this one for my RV and it supports 2 USB cables at fast charge. Internal chip controls charge rate.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
This one has 3.6 amps to the USB ports.
The other thing to look for is the placement of the various plugs. Some are set up so you can't use both 3-prong and USB simultaneously.
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