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Old 06-09-2016, 08:08 AM   #1
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microwave 15 amp receptacle bad..help needed

We are out on our first shakedown trip. We used the microwave 2 times when it stopped working. We did not blow a fuse. DH checked the receptacle and found that we had lost neutral. How can you take the receptacle out and apart without breaking it? Thanks
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Old 06-09-2016, 08:52 AM   #2
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The receptacles in these units are not like in a stick house you need to pull the receptacle all the way out of the wall hole and pop the back off it then you will see how the wires are pushed into slots not held with screws. good luck lets us know what you find
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I got it out of the wall I need to take it apart. how do you push the squares in. to remove the back without breaking it
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Here's a picture of one with the back off. Take a thin flat screwdriver and pry the two tabs you see sticking up, out and it'll pull apart.

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I would replace it with a good household outlet as long as it is out. I have a very good friend who has been an electrician for 40 yrs. He told me he would fire any of his employees if they used the punch down connection vs the screw connections. They are nothing but trouble especially in something that shakes and vibrates down the road.
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Here's a picture of one with the back off. Take a thin flat screwdriver and pry the two tabs you see sticking up, out and it'll pull apart.

Thanks for your response and photos. Our outlet has two tabs on each side and is a single outlet for the microwave, but we probably can do just what you told us to do.

Geez...we are running into all kinds of things in these two days!
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Geez...we are running into all kinds of things in these two days!
Yes, that is the part about camping and owning a trailer they didn't tell you about. After a while you will become your own expert and be stronger and more self sufficient for it. The issues will settle down after a while.
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Not sure if it will work on your setup or not but on my Roo the outlet was mounted to the outside wall behind the microware and it didn't show. I wanted to use the space next to the microware for storage so I removed the outlet and replaced it with a female plug that would lay down behind the microware out of the way. While I was there I installed a piece of plywood in the bottom of the cabinet to give the paper towel holder something to hang onto.
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I would replace it with a good household outlet as long as it is out. I have a very good friend who has been an electrician for 40 yrs. He told me he would fire any of his employees if they used the punch down connection vs the screw connections. They are nothing but trouble especially in something that shakes and vibrates down the road.
If you use a standard household outlet, you also have to install a box to hold it. The RV outlets are listed for use without a box (that's why they have the pop-off plastic back).
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