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Old 04-30-2014, 01:18 PM   #1
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Inside appliance outlet question

My TT has one GFI outlet located on the the front of the cabinet just below the counter, none on the walls above the counter. In order to plug in a toaster and/or a coffee maker you have to bring them to the very front of the counter making the counter useless while the appliances (very short cords) are in use. Could I possible use a 13amp (16/2) 6' extension cord with 2 outlet connections on it to be able to move the appliances back to a better location or would this be creating a hazard. Have any of you folks run into this problem and how did you resolve it?
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Old 04-30-2014, 01:48 PM   #2
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My TT has one GFI outlet located on the the front of the cabinet just below the counter, none on the walls above the counter. In order to plug in a toaster and/or a coffee maker you have to bring them to the very front of the counter making the counter useless while the appliances (very short cords) are in use. Could I possible use a 13amp (16/2) 6' extension cord with 2 outlet connections on it to be able to move the appliances back to a better location or would this be creating a hazard. Have any of you folks run into this problem and how did you resolve it?
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Depending on the AMP draw if your appliances a 16/2 extension cord
could be dangerous, (especially if you use more than 1 appliance).
I use a short homemade 12/3 extension cord, (and only 1 appliance at a time).
(And never if I am not going to be in the coach to monitor it).
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Old 04-30-2014, 02:25 PM   #3
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Thinking maybe I should just go to a stove top coffee percolator and a cast iron griddle for toast...Thoughts?
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Old 04-30-2014, 02:32 PM   #4
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We use a surge protected power strip...our dinette is located aside the kitchen counter area and I have the strip plugged in the outlet under the dinette....and the strip is concealed by the coffee maker and toaster.....
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Sounds like a better idea than an extension cord. Have you run the toaster and coffee maker together at the same time? Wondering if they exceed the 15 amp breaker...
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How many amps does toaster and coffee maker draw, should be stamped on bottom somewhere.
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Didn't realize it would be on the appliances...I'm heading over there now so I'll check.
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15 amp breaker takes 14 guage wire. Get extension cord size 14/3.
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Are you saying there is only one outlet in the area of the counter or are there others that are not GFI outlets. If that is the case other outlets may be protected by the GFI outlet under the counter if they are downstream. You can check by plugging a lamp into the non GFI outlet and then pushing the "test" and trip the GFI outlet to see if the light shuts off.
If that is the only outlet then you may want to get a power strip to plug into. Doesn't need to be GFI protected since you will plug into a GFI outlet.
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Yes, that's the case...Just the one outlet by the counter. I'll check to see if the outlet by the dinette table is also in line with the GFI as you suggested.
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If your outlet by the dinette doesn't shut off by the GFI under the counter it may be protected by the bathroom GFI but I would imagine it is protected by a GFI somewhere so you may need to cycle other GFI's.
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Milasman,
I went and checked my coffee maker, it's 1000 watt and the toaster is 900 watt. I bought a 15 amp protected power strip and I'm going to plug both appliances in at home and see if it trips the power strip breaker. If it does then I probably shouldn't hook it up my trailer. Sound reasonable?
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The breaker should trip. 1900 watt divide volts is going to be right at the max of 15 amps. The power strip is fine, you want the weak link to be the breaker. Those two items have to be used one at a time or on seperate circuits.
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Got it....Thanks. The key seems to be to only run one appliance at a time. Coffee first
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