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Old 03-26-2019, 10:18 AM   #1
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Where to install exterior outlet?

Iím interested in installing an electrical outlet outside the coach on the door side. I currently plug an extension cord into the pedestal, but would like to avoid running it around the backside of the coach. The only outlet currently on the door side is in the compartment just forward of the pegboard, but in order to use it the compartment door would need to remain open. (There also an outlet in the freezer compartment, but that doesnít help me).

Iím interested in what others have done or ideas you may have on where to install an outlet.

Some ideas that I have include installing an outlet on the underside of the bedroom slide or cutting a notch into the floor of the compartment where the existing outlet is. An opening similar to how the coach power and fresh water hose exists the coach.
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Iím interested in installing an electrical outlet outside the coach on the door side. I currently plug an extension cord into the pedestal, but would like to avoid running it around the backside of the coach. The only outlet currently on the door side is in the compartment just forward of the pegboard, but in order to use it the compartment door would need to remain open. (There also an outlet in the freezer compartment, but that doesnít help me).

Iím interested in what others have done or ideas you may have on where to install an outlet.

Some ideas that I have include installing an outlet on the underside of the bedroom slide or cutting a notch into the floor of the compartment where the existing outlet is. An opening similar to how the coach power and fresh water hose exists the coach.
Curious why the outlet in the freezer compartment doesnít work? I use that for an extension cord and a battery charger.
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Old 03-26-2019, 10:36 AM   #3
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Curious why the outlet in the freezer compartment doesnít work? I use that for an extension cord and a battery charger.


There only one outlet for the freezer compartment and the freezer is plugged into it. If I were to have a second outlet there and plugged in an extension cord I would have to leave that compartment open. It doesnít help me solve my issue as the one in the compartment in front of the pegboard is more convenient, but I donít want to have to leave the door open.
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Old 03-26-2019, 10:46 AM   #4
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Where to install exterior outlet?

What is the useage for the cord? I also use the fridge plug, 1st compartment behind the entry door, but mine has 2 outlets. I use a standard house 8 foot cord for my outdoor speaker or radio if required. Perhaps you can retrofit a 2 outlet socket?
Btw a flat cord fits between the door and the weatherstrip without causing damage.
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Where to install exterior outlet?

We have been using an extension cord for the toaster (breakfast outside), charging laptops and mobile devices while sitting outdoors, and for power tools. I can also see using it for the induction cooktop.
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These are real handy to have on hand. I use one in the freezer compartment as well as several other places:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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I installed a cord reel next to my freezer. Very handy and the door can be closed with the cord sticking out.
Similar to this.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073SBQ51W...f-05b8878a13d8
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I replaced my freezer outlet with a dual outlet.
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Old 03-26-2019, 12:11 PM   #9
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I installed a cord reel next to my freezer. Very handy and the door can be closed with the cord sticking out.
Similar to this.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073SBQ51W...f-05b8878a13d8
I like the cord reel idea; may put one in our coach's freezer compartment. I would opt for the 15A 12-gauge version rather than the 13A 14-gauge, however.

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TJ I did install the 12 gauge version just could not locate it on Amazon.

I stole\borrowed this from another IRV2 member. We use it all the time for tailgating or for awning lights. It was a perfect fit on the right side of the pullout freezer.
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TJ I did install the 12 gauge version just could not locate it on Amazon.

I stole\borrowed this from another IRV2 member. We use it all the time for tailgating or for awning lights. It was a perfect fit on the right side of the pullout freezer.
Thanks for the update. I'm going to measure the space in our 2018 MADP to confirm it will fit. If it will, I'll order up one of the 12-gauge units.

I have several cord reels in my workshop and find them very useful.

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I installed a cord reel next to my freezer. Very handy and the door can be closed with the cord sticking out.
Similar to this.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073SBQ51W...f-05b8878a13d8
I have a similar cord reel that I was going to install, but have not done so. Do you have a picture of how you did your installation?
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I installed a cord reel next to my freezer. Very handy and the door can be closed with the cord sticking out.
Similar to this.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073SBQ51W...f-05b8878a13d8


Do you have a cutout for the cord to extend out of the compartment or do you just have the cord pinched between the door and the coach itself?

My fears is the the cord will get damaged if itís just pinched between the door and the coach. I realize that there is gasket that will get compressed and provide some space.
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Iím interested in installing an electrical outlet outside the coach on the door side. I currently plug an extension cord into the pedestal, but would like to avoid running it around the backside of the coach. The only outlet currently on the door side is in the compartment just forward of the pegboard, but in order to use it the compartment door would need to remain open....
I use this outlet and carefully close the basement door and it's fine. Gasket in the basement will adjust to allow the cord to remain there.
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