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Old 09-01-2020, 04:27 PM   #1
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Adding a extra outside receptacle?

Any ideas on the best way to add a extra outside 110 electrical receptacle?
Thinking about splicing into the existing outlet. One is never enough!

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Are you asking if you need special outlets? I've used residential type (some might disagree with that) but you have to be careful that nothing can come loose.
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Are you asking if you need special outlets? I've used residential type (some might disagree with that) but you have to be careful that nothing can come loose.
Just standard household 110/120 volt.

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I have a table I always set out beside the door. There's an outlet there, and with a simple plug strip there are 6 . That's really the easiest way, and no holes to cut or wires to run.
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I have a table I always set out beside the door. There's an outlet there, and with a simple plug strip there are 6 . That's really the easiest way, and no holes to cut or wires to run.
Great idea!

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I have a table I always set out beside the door. There's an outlet there, and with a simple plug strip there are 6 . That's really the easiest way, and no holes to cut or wires to run.
But I could see a situation where someone (like me ) would want plugs on separate circuits so as to use two appliances outside that draw 10-15 amps each.

EDIT: More work than what the OP asked about.
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Funny story about outside plugs. We had one on our coach, stopped in a Walmart parking lot for the night. We ran the generator, with the AC on, through the night because it was so hot and humid. I noticed a fifth wheel pull up next to us about 10:00 pm, after we had gone to bed, remember thinking, "with the entire parking lot, he had to park next to us?" Anyway, got up around 6:00 am to pull out (no jacks down, slide out, etc) went out to do a walk around, check the toad, etc. Found a standard 50' extension cord running from the fiver, with an adapter to his 50 amp plug . . . and plugged into MY outside outlet! I had THOUGHT that our genny had been running a little fast when our AC wasn't running . . . now I knew why!
So, being the terrible person that I am, I finished my walk around, started the coach engine, went back outside, unplugged the cord from his rig, coiled it up, tossed it in one of my storage bays and got the heck out of there!


On installing a plug, just make sure it is rated for damp/wet environments, and NOT one of those with the large covers that stick out 3 to 4 inches from the wall and you should be fine. Personally, I'd also wire it on a separate breaker, and make it a GFCI plug as well, but that's just me . . .
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Funny story about outside plugs. We had one on our coach, stopped in a Walmart parking lot for the night. We ran the generator, with the AC on, through the night because it was so hot and humid. I noticed a fifth wheel pull up next to us about 10:00 pm, after we had gone to bed, remember thinking, "with the entire parking lot, he had to park next to us?" Anyway, got up around 6:00 am to pull out (no jacks down, slide out, etc) went out to do a walk around, check the toad, etc. Found a standard 50' extension cord running from the fiver, with an adapter to his 50 amp plug . . . and plugged into MY outside outlet! I had THOUGHT that our genny had been running a little fast when our AC wasn't running . . . now I knew why!
So, being the terrible person that I am, I finished my walk around, started the coach engine, went back outside, unplugged the cord from his rig, coiled it up, tossed it in one of my storage bays and got the heck out of there!


On installing a plug, just make sure it is rated for damp/wet environments, and NOT one of those with the large covers that stick out 3 to 4 inches from the wall and you should be fine. Personally, I'd also wire it on a separate breaker, and make it a GFCI plug as well, but that's just me . . .
Wow! And if/she he had only asked, you might have said yes.
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Well Iíll be!!! I wondered where my extension cord went....!!!
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That's the boldest thing I've ever heard of. Nothing surprises me anymore.
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Wow! And if/she he had only asked, you might have said yes.

Yep, I would have, and he'd still have his cord and adapter. The absolute GALL of it just pissed me off so much that I relieved him of his cord . . . .
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I built this some 20 plus years ago and don't remember a trip we haven't used it. Has a main switch with a power on green indicator light. One main 20 amp receptacle and two receptacle that are individually controlled by a rheostat with on red indicator light. Has a 20amp push button breaker and 30ft of 12/3 cord. Plug it into the 20 amp on the power pedestal so not going through the rv. The rheostat receptacle are to dim our hanging lights.[IMG][/IMG]
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Also have added 2 to the RV, outside.....1 in the slide , independent of Rv, and added a 30 amp in the front to a transfer switch to run trailer without unloading genny for those late night stops.
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IMO- the solution depends on where and how you will use that second AC outlet.

If you are normally on shore power, just run an extension (12ga) from the power post to your work area.

If you want the extra power while boon docking and will be running it off a generator then wire it in. I would add a new breaker and run a dedicated cable for this outlet. Make it GFCI for sure. Use a weather tight cover, like what you have now. I would most likely run the Romex wire inside of a wire loom for added protection from abrasion. Some makes do that for all 120v cables. If your breaker box is full then get a twin breaker that fits in a single standard position.

I don't use that much 120V outside, but I have added 12V power outlets on driver and passenger sides. I used 12ga wire and bought 20 amp rated 12v outlets and fused them at 20 amps each.
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