Originally Posted by AbdRahim
Anyone have step by step instructions on how to do this? Do I really need an electrician? Seems I would need someone with rv experience.
I don't think I can give you step by step instructions since much of the installation depends on where and how you might mount the various bits in your specific RV.
Here's the inlet port that I used:
and here's a 20-amp circuit breaker that I used:
Additional parts included a plastic outlet box, an outlet pair, and some romex wire (probably 12 gauge, though I don't remember for sure), and a box cover plate, all from HD or Lowes.
I wanted to mount the inlet port on the driver's side, near the existing 30 amp inlet, but I couldn't get enough access from the interior of my RV (Solera 24R) to know exactly how that would happen. So I ended up installing it on the passenger side, next to the existing power/cable tv outlets. This area is right behind the kitchen sink / cabinet, so access from the interior was pretty easy.
After confirming that my mounting location was clear on the inside, I used an appropriate sized hole saw to cut the opening for the inlet, attached the wires to the inlet, and installed it from the outside. I added some foam around the inlet on the inside to further ensure that things would be water tight.
I mounted the outlet box to a convenient location on the inside, ran the wiring to it, and wired the circuit breaker in series with the outlet. I used a double width box and cover plate. The cover plate was blank on one side and I drilled a hole in it to accommodate mounting the circuit breaker next to it. I then mounted the various pieces to the box and was done. Everything seems to work.
If I was to do it over again, I'd probably just go with the 15 amp inlet (looks the same, just slightly different exterior plug) and circuit breaker to avoid having to use a 20 amp extension cord. At the time, I thought the extra amps might come in handy...