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Old 12-16-2017, 04:11 PM   #1
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Change electrical outlet with a UBS port

Ok I have hunted for an answer but cant find one.

We have a 2014 Work & Play 25 ULA. It has MANY (YAY) elctrical outlets.
There are six in the bedroom alone.

I was thinking about changing out a couple of outlets with the ones that have a USB port built in. They would replace the currnet outlets.

Has anyone done this? Do I need to buy "special" electrical outlets for Rv's?
The replacement outlets would be 15 amps. The same as the ones that are in there now. I can buy them from Home Depot or Amazon.

Your help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-16-2017, 04:14 PM   #2
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If they fit under the plate, the swap is easy. Any Home Depot switch will work as long as itís the same size.
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Old 12-16-2017, 04:22 PM   #3
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Ok I have hunted for an answer but cant find one.



We have a 2014 Work & Play 25 ULA. It has MANY (YAY) elctrical outlets.

There are six in the bedroom alone.



I was thinking about changing out a couple of outlets with the ones that have a USB port built in. They would replace the currnet outlets.



Has anyone done this? Do I need to buy "special" electrical outlets for Rv's?

The replacement outlets would be 15 amps. The same as the ones that are in there now. I can buy them from Home Depot or Amazon.



Your help is greatly appreciated.


I put two in my trailer. I used a retrofit electrical box and used regular outlets with the USB ports. The only issue you may have is you need space to fit a standard electrical box in the location your using. I put one in my bunk house in the space where water heater and water pump was located. The other in the main bedroom where the storage compartment is.
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Old 12-16-2017, 04:22 PM   #4
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I changed out several on our TT. The RV outlets are a all in one receptacle and roughin in box. You'll need to use old work boxes and cover plates. Check wall cavity thickness before swap.
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Old 12-16-2017, 04:23 PM   #5
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You need to remove the outlets you plan to replace and look at them. Many RVs use self contained punch down outlets (see photo) that are not installed in a box. You may have to add a box and also may not have room for the box. Other than this you are fine with standard 15A outlets w or w/o USB.
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Old 12-16-2017, 05:54 PM   #6
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I added a 120V outlet with USB ports near the slide of my 2104S to service the dinette area. I used a deep old-work gang box so there would be enough room for the larger outlet. I ran some Romex from a nearby existing outlet (the kind in Flybob's post) which I also replaced with a box and standard receptacle. The hole had to be enlarged a bit to fit the plastic box.
The panels are paper thin, so I used some sections of paint stirring sticks to reinforce the structure. Fortunately I had easy access to the new wiring through the left pass-through storage door so I was able to nail some wire clamps in place for a nice, secure installation (the picture was taken before that).
It's a definite plus to have some experience with electrical wiring before taking on such a task, the danger of a substandard installation is very real. I did my setup as per local residential codes, not really sure if a specific code exists for RVs. I should probably look into that

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Old 12-16-2017, 06:25 PM   #7
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It would be a LOT faster to just get a plug-in adapter. They make dozens of them in different configurations. Below is just one style. You can get them with 1 to 6 110VAC outlets and 1, 2 or more USB ports.

Just plug it in an you're done! I've got several of them in both my house and my RV.

Just walk around the electrical dept at Home Depot, Lowes, or Menards. Walgreen and CVS sell them, too.

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FR no help

I would also like to change a couple of my outlets to have USB ports. I have checked with Cedar Creek customer service and also with a Forest River Parts and Warranty person. I got no response from Cedar Creek and have been waiting for almost 3 months for the FR person to respond to me. He told me he is checking on it. I will probably have to go with the plug in type for now.
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I’ve changed a few. In most cases the walls are thick enough for installation of a shallow box. I had one that wasn’t for which I wrapped the outlet with thick insulating electrical splice rubber tape.
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Old 12-17-2017, 03:10 PM   #10
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There is a 4 port USB outlet in our Sunseeker MH. It is above the seating, in the bottom of the overhead cabinets. It works off the 12 volt which I think is ideal. I have no idea where to get one like it.
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