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Old 02-16-2016, 11:51 PM   #1
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Question 110 volt duplex/switch upgrade

I'm doing a partial rebuild of a 1976 Great Divide Coach travel trailer. I would like to replace all of the 110 outlets and switches with modern style duplex and switches mounted in J boxes. The existing devices are the snap-in type where the romex cable in clamped in-place without cutting the wire. ALso there appears to be little to no slack in the cable. So issue one is how to get these devices out of the wall and issue two how to handle the very limited amount of cable.

I would like advice from anyone has made a similar upgrade. I really, really do not to tear the walls apart to do this.
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Check out this link to a discussion on just that subject--you probably will have to register on MyRVTalk.com to see the posts/pics completely.

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Hope it helps you.

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Thanks for reply, I check the link you provided and have not so far found any details that I'm looking for. Could you please provide details to the thread you are referencing.

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Not sure what you really need to see--if you could open and see the outlet pics on the link, there isn't much more I can add. The thread in the link was about replacing the pass-thru wiring RV outlets with regular household 110 outlets and how to get more wiring length if there isn't enough already to work with.
Did you access the posts/pics? If that isn't enough, there isn't anything else I can add.
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Did you actually give those receptacles a good tug to see if the wire is 'stuck'? I would be surprised if there wasn't a fair amount of slack in the wire as they have to have some latitude for fit when doing the panel build. It also might be stapled to a joist. On the last 4 TTs/5rs we have had, all wiring has had more slack then ever needed and it was easy to replace receptacles and switches with shallow old work boxes and Leviton Decora pieces to kinda match the existing that didn't need replacement. I really dislike those usual RV no box wiring devices

If for some reason you can't get wiring slack, solder on pieces of correctly colored insulation and awg wire for length, cover the splices with heat shrink tubing and maybe even add some electrical tape if that helps the comfort factor and do your update. Don't use wire nuts though there are some crimp ons that will work on the usual RV 14awg wiring.
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