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Old 01-12-2010, 03:27 PM   #1
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Electrical outlets musical chairs

For some reason our coach did not have an outlet for 120 volts near the steering wheel or front dash.
so after much deliberation i added one, it now runs our small zylon heater that's up on the dash to keep the window dry in winter and will also allow me to plug in a nice lamp for my steering wheel table ( which is next on the list of hmmm honey do's)

I need to lay out some disclaimers before i get bbqd
the new outlet up front is tapped off the outlet at the passenger table/switch/cupholder thingy. I ran the wire back under the the coach floor outside in 1/2 emt vinyl conduit, then through the forward electronics bay up through existing grommets for electrical wiring then into the drivers side panel that holds the tranny panel/leveler panel and accessories switches
the outlet that was at the passenger station is never used because it hides behind the seat, i didnt add any extra loads and still kept total amps on that circuit below its rated 15. I dont have a huge amount of things plugged in, I just needed a Conveniently located outlet


the second addition was under the computer desk at the forward edge. there are two outlets now but they are up in the back at the top and hard to reach, so i tied in at the junction box which is under the aft drawer on the desk, and ran the new wire up and over to the other side. i ran the exposed piece thru again a small conduit that is invisible and nests up against the desk top forward ledge so its completely out of view

the current outlets on the desk are great for the puter and printer but dont give good access for anything else.

the third addition was pure genius
my coach is wired and plumbed for a washer/dryer
since we arent putting one in, we use the closet for clothes storge. there is a plug in there way up top all the way in the back that is on its own 15 amp breaker and never gets used.
so i killed the a/c power and ran me a new wire to that breaker and added an outlet right above the engine heater switch so we now have a convenient outlet for a small space heater or anything else.
this also shed load off the one side of the incoming feeds and balanced out loads pretty evenly on both incoming legs.

I am sure some will not like it.....but the outlets in teh bedroom are for me a real pita to get to, the ones on the lower edge of the bed frmae are in the dark and i have a heck of a time plugging things in without the dreaded finger on a plug situation.

enjoy

i also moved the dumb outlet from behind the ktichen dvd player to infront of it so its easier to plug in the coffee maker
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Old 01-12-2010, 06:21 PM   #2
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Bravo

Very nicely done powerboater. I have grimaced at the lack of AC volts in the cockpit also. Your solution looks a must do. I don't understand why factory doesn't provide it for us so we don't have to do the work arounds.

I like the bedroom deal also. I have not even looked closely enough at the circuit breaker board to see the washer/dryer circuit. Pulling that down out of the closet is a great plan.

You get and A+ for this thinking. My coach is now sitting in my yard at 20 deg or so, so I have not spent much time digging around in it for improvements.
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