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Old 11-24-2015, 10:08 PM   #1
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Anyone added more outlets?

Wife wants more outlets. Can I extend them off of the existing outlets?

I've done this at home, is it easy enough in an rv?
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Old 11-24-2015, 10:18 PM   #2
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Old 11-26-2015, 07:24 AM   #3
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Yes It was easy to add a new breaker put outlet up front by the heater vent cabinet by the closet facing couch . I put in a 20 amp breaker and 12 two wire. can put cfi plug if you want.
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Old 11-26-2015, 02:11 PM   #4
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Piece of cake. I put one under the floor below the wardrobe to service the electric water heater conversion and facilitate a shop light so I can see the water heater bypass valves which are burried under the heat ducts. Used 14/2 UF with ground for the 15A circuit. UF type wire has thicker insulation which is appropriate for this application.
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Old 11-26-2015, 02:49 PM   #5
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I extended an outlet from the outlet at the head of our Murphy bed to the front of the side table. There was one like it on the side table on my side of the bed. The DW wanted one on her side.

Be aware that many RV outlets don't attach the wiring with screws, but have slotted blades that the wires slide into, cutting the insulation and creating the connection. They're called "speed wiring" outlets. The installers don't have to strip the wires and screw them to the outlet; they just lay the wires into the top of the slotted blades and press the back cover on. A little hard to see, but check it out here:

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-1301593...8_29088652.jpg

You can see one of the slotted blades right behind the "t" in "store" in the pic.

So I had to open up the existing RV outlet, add another set of wires from the other end of the outlet (each slotted blade can take 2 wires), then route that wire to my new box and outlet. I used a standard house outlet with screws for the wires.

Make sure you wire it correctly, with the hot wire on the proper screws. If you don't have one of these, get one and be sure:

Ge 50542 Receptacle Tester - Walmart.com

Be careful, though. If you're going to be putting a lot of load on the circuit, you might be better off adding another breaker, if your breaker box has a spare slot, and running a separate line to the new outlet.
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Old 11-26-2015, 04:04 PM   #6
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Every trailer I've owned (4) had extra slots in the power center for at least
one more breaker. I added an extra outlet in the last two just so we could
have a space heater set on low (1/2 power) and make coffee at the same time. Putting an extra outlet near the power center is easy.
It gets harder the further you move from that area....
Mine were all standard plug in breakers available at HomeDebit or your local hardware store for under $5.

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Piece of cake. I put one under the floor below the wardrobe to service the electric water heater conversion and facilitate a shop light so I can see the water heater bypass valves which are burried under the heat ducts. Used 14/2 UF with ground for the 15A circuit. UF type wire has thicker insulation which is appropriate for this application.
ah one person who has accomplished an electric Water heater conversion...
can i pm you on a problem i have and posted a question on my conversion and an upgrade to switches?
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Old 11-27-2015, 06:50 PM   #8
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I would love to put in extra plugs in my 5th wheel, but fishing the wires through the walls is the problem. Any insight in the best way to do that?
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Old 11-27-2015, 06:52 PM   #9
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I would try to chase the pipes through the walls. Are pipes' holes are not very small and well cut so there would be plenty of room to fish though. Other thought would be to run into the under belly if sealed and then up into the area you want the outlet.
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Old 11-28-2015, 01:36 PM   #10
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Afternoon,

I am going to add a separate outlet that will run off the typically unused 110 supply at the campground service.

I was given some great suggestions and have purchased this marine plug in unit that will be mounted on the outside of the trailer.

I too just need to figure out how I will run the wire to the new outlet. I would like to mount the new outlet in the island.

Nice to see others have similar questions and it's not just me.
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