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Old 08-09-2012, 03:07 PM   #11
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Do not try replacing an RV type receptacle with a normal residential type. The ones used in a house require installation in a metal or plastic outlet box which are too deep for the exterior walls in an RV. You *could* install one in an interior wall or inside a cabinet, but only with an outlet box. Never install a residential type 120 volt receptacle without an outlet box. They are a Code requirement. Just go buy an RV receptacle at an RV shop somewhere. These are referred to as a "self-contained" recept.

The problem out there is that often, wires are not properly terminated on 120 volt RV receptacles. They have two stabs inside them that requires a special tool to do it properly. It is possible to use a couple of screwdrivers or pliers if you are careful. I removed one in our TT to relocate it and found the wires badly connected that could have even caused a fire. Makes we wonder how many improperly connected wires are out there. I would recommend that if anyone is concerned about this, take a few out and inspect them. If you see problems, check them all.

Here's a pic of the back of an RV recept. You'll see two slots for each conductor to push the wires onto. Absolutely nothing wrong with these as long as they are installed properly.

BTW, there is no such thing a fuse link in a receptacle, RV or residential. The link seen in residential ones is a "breakaway" link that can be removed if converting the receptacle to a split receptacle (few by two circuit breakers).
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