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Old 01-08-2012, 05:57 PM   #1
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Question: Adding an electrical outlet

My new 2012 Palomino Ultra-Lite T245 arrived this week. Dealer is storing for me until spring. Spent Friday "bonding" with the trailer. It is perfect in every way, accept, there is no electrical outlet near the dining table. The nearest outlet is on the overhead where the tv is mounted above the table. Can the dealer add an outlet below the window (the heater duct work runs alongside the benches below the window) at a reasonable cost? Or would I be better off running an extension cord under the overhead and down the corner?
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Old 01-08-2012, 07:39 PM   #2
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electricians are looking for small jobs

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Can the dealer add an outlet below the window
Or would I be better off running an extension cord
the dealer should be the one
that can do just about anyTHING
for the right price

extension cord is not a terrible idea
but
if you can not or wish not
to do it yourself
many electricians on craigslist
are looking for small jobs
and will charge a fair price

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Old 01-09-2012, 12:20 AM   #3
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Depends on a lot. Is there an available space to add a breaker in the electrical panel? Is there a path that the wire can be run to put an outlet where where you want it? Without looking at your floor plan, do you want the outlet in a slide portion of the trailer? It can be done, but costly.
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:28 PM   #4
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I'm surprised that there's not an outlet on the inside face of one of the dinette benches...there's usually one. Check in the storage area under the dinette benches to see if any 120V cable passes through them. If so, it would be easy to add an outlet where I mentioned.

Due to the construction of the fiberglass walls, you'll seldom (if ever) see a electrical outlet on an outside wall.

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Old 01-09-2012, 02:18 PM   #5
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Took me a year to realize there was an outlet on the face of the dinette bench near the wall. LOL.
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Old 01-09-2012, 03:33 PM   #6
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Outlet Mod

I also have an outlet in the bench of my dinette. But, camping over New Years we were using an electric 1800 watt heater. Found out quickly that if you use the heater AND use another major electrical appliance like a coffee pot or hair dryer, you trip a breaker in the trailer box. So, I have decided to mod only that outlet by disconnecting it from the internal trailer panel and installing an external box that I can connect, using a heavyduty extention cord back to the parks 20 amp circuit breaker. I can then use that outlet for the heater and also use other appliances at the same time without tripping the trailer circuit breakers on the inside box. The dinette is on a slideout so I have easy access. All of this is to say that if you are thinking of adding an outlet, this might be a much easier solution, depending on where you want the outlet.
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Old 01-09-2012, 03:48 PM   #7
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HI Donna!
Welcome to FRF!!
Like others have mentioned, check carefully way back in the corner
under your dinette table.
I bet there's an outlet hiding back there.

OTOH, my electrical panel has extra slots.
It was pretty easy to add a circuit breaker (they just plug in) and run a short
wire to the toe kick area right next to the panel.
I added a box and outlet there that's on it's own separate circuit.
This allows us to perk coffee via the outlet next to the sink and keep
a space heater on via the outlet I added and not blow any circuit breakers!

Look again and let us know if you for sure don't have an outlet under the table.
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Old 01-09-2012, 04:41 PM   #8
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Our Palomino puma 23FB has an outlet right center under the dinette. Just double check.
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