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Old 07-19-2007, 01:06 PM   #1
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Adding Electrical Outlets

jrnyman3 posted the following on another thread. I think it to be a question of potential interest to others and so have started this thread.

...anyone out there done any "remodeling" to the outside outlet situation on the 26BH's? Because there is no outside outlet and I want to put one (or two) out there, and I am certainly no electrician, can you put a GFI outlet on the outside while piggy backing it to the standard outlet that is in the front bedroom on the inside? Or does the inside outlet need to be converted to a GFI as well? Got to be able to plug in my dormer refrig to keep the beer cold and handy while enjoying the outdoors!

I am not an electrician and am not certain that the following answer is completely correct. Perhaps someone who is a qualified electrician will jump in and add to this thread.

Stand-alone GFI outlets are commonly used in travel trailers, usually in bathrooms and kitchens. A waterproof (water-resistant) exterior outlet should be available for you to purchase or order through a trailer parts source. Have the installation done by a pro and make darn sure that a framing member does not get cut in half during the process. For purposes of safety and simplicity, have your dealer order and install the outlet.

The inside outlet does not have to be converted to a GFI outlet. Likewise, and as I recall, if you are feeding off of an interior GFI outlet, the outside outlet would already be protected. (If this is the case, I would install the GFI device on the inside and, thus, protect both outlets.)

Other passenger-side feeds might be preferable to one located at the front of the trailer, simply so that whatever you plug in will be protected from rain by your awning.

Whatever feed you use, remember that the circuit will only be rated for 15 amps. Thus, if you feed off the kitchen GFI outlet and you plug in the coffee pot and crock pot on the inside and a frying pan on the outside you is gonna have a problem.
Have a beer for me once you make the mod.
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Old 07-19-2007, 01:53 PM   #2
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jrnyman3 posted the following on another thread. I think it to be a question of potential interest to others and so have started this thread.

...anyone out there done any "remodeling" to the outside outlet situation on the 26BH's? Because there is no outside outlet and I want to put one (or two) out there, and I am certainly no electrician, can you put a GFI outlet on the outside while piggy backing it to the standard outlet that is in the front bedroom on the inside? Or does the inside outlet need to be converted to a GFI as well? Got to be able to plug in my dormer refrig to keep the beer cold and handy while enjoying the outdoors!

I am not an electrician and am not certain that the following answer is completely correct. Perhaps someone who is a qualified electrician will jump in and add to this thread.

Stand-alone GFI outlets are commonly used in travel trailers, usually in bathrooms and kitchens. A waterproof (water-resistant) exterior outlet should be available for you to purchase or order through a trailer parts source. Have the installation done by a pro and make darn sure that a framing member does not get cut in half during the process. For purposes of safety and simplicity, have your dealer order and install the outlet.

The inside outlet does not have to be converted to a GFI outlet. Likewise, and as I recall, if you are feeding off of an interior GFI outlet, the outside outlet would already be protected. (If this is the case, I would install the GFI device on the inside and, thus, protect both outlets.)

Other passenger-side feeds might be preferable to one located at the front of the trailer, simply so that whatever you plug in will be protected from rain by your awning.

Whatever feed you use, remember that the circuit will only be rated for 15 amps. Thus, if you feed off the kitchen GFI outlet and you plug in the coffee pot and crock pot on the inside and a frying pan on the outside you is gonna have a problem.
Have a beer for me once you make the mod.
Yup, all sound info and advice.
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