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Old 06-14-2020, 12:46 PM   #1
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110v outlet mods

I would like to upgrade some of my outlets to the dual plug with USB chargers. Are the ones installed in the trailer the same as one would find in a house? Mounting points, etc? The face plates look difficult to remove without breaking, any advice?
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You might have a depth issue with thin walls

New outlet will need to be as shallow as possible

New old construction box

Wires should have some slack which you will need to terminate

Most RV are the push style

I have done it but it sure takes more effort than in your home
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Old 06-14-2020, 12:59 PM   #3
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RV outlets are a shallower depth than house units , because of wall thickness.

So standard house units won't work.

Also many RV manufacturers use an outlet with barbed , squeeze inserts for wiring and a sealed back , as there aren't any boxes in the walls.
In my experience only GFCI outlets in RVs are the same as house hold units.
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Not sure but unlikely. The walls are not thick enough for a regular box, I suspect they are these.
https://www.amazon.ca/Diamant-Groupe...ag=googcana-20
I located a nearby 12 volt supply and added a USB power plug like this.
https://www.amazon.ca/Charger-Socket...2161383&sr=8-5
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I considered adding some residential type outlets with USB's also. Determined that the thin walls of my BR slide would make it difficult. I added a pair of these to the existing bedside outlets. Found them at Lowe's of all places. A little strip of double sided 3M tape makes them very secure. No issues to date.

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Old 06-15-2020, 09:44 AM   #6
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Glad I asked before I purchased! Thanks for the advise everyone!
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Before you listen to the "Naysayers" I recommend that you simply open the current outlet, take it out and see how much clearance you have in a particular location you are considering? If there is room then it's possible with some limitations which we can help with once you find the answer.

Secondly, you may consider adding a dedicated 12V outlet with multiple USB/12V outlets. This will be more efficient, especially when boondocking or driving as you will not be turning 12V power into 120V just so you can then use it to charge your low voltage devices.....very inefficient, this, of course, is not an issue if plugged into power in a park

Here is the model that I have installed in multiple locations throughout our coach

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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You can install this over the existing opening. Remove the existing receptacle Knock out the rectangle on the back plate, screw it to the wall, pull the wires through the opening, snap the box to the back plate, wire the receptacle, install cover and charge your device. You may have to extend the existing conductors to reach your new receptacle.


https://www.legrand.us/wiremold/at-h...arter-box.aspx
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You can install this over the existing opening. Remove the existing receptacle Knock out the rectangle on the back plate, screw it to the wall, pull the wires through the opening, snap the box to the back plate, wire the receptacle, install cover and charge your device. You may have to extend the existing conductors to reach your new receptacle.


https://www.legrand.us/wiremold/at-h...arter-box.aspx
Makes sense, thanks!

I know for sure one spot there will be space, its back to storage. The other is in front of the sink... brilliant right? That will be too tight for the house style, but it's not a convenient spot anyway. I will probably decide to run DC closer to a set of beds, that area lacks charge power either way. I might even be able to rob from one of the lights.
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