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Old 10-25-2011, 07:42 PM   #15
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What's your concern or what are you worried about?
getting electrocuted, or strangling on the cord of something. I've been putting a pillow up against it, but it's not always there when I wake up. I was electrocuted by a nightlight when I was a kid and I remember it VERY well.
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:45 PM   #16
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I agree that the two end of the counter outlets are mislocated. Plugs do get knocked and bumped.

To resolve the issue we installed three outlets in the dinette area. We put one in the facing surface of each front corner of the dinette and one in the rear corner of the door side dinette. Once you decide to put an outlet in, putting two or three in costs a small amount more.

We also installed an outlet in the front face of the couch to allow us to power computers and the like when on the couch.

We have also installed two outlets that can't be seen. One is under the sink for the air conditioner and the electric hot water. One is under the couch for the Converter and Inverter.

We also have one outside.

Having outlets where you need them just adds to the organization of the trailer.
Very nice! That spot on the angled surface of the dinette is where we put the propane detector.
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:46 PM   #17
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One solution that I make good use of is the 90 degree plug! Here is a link to what I'm talking about: Leviton 5266-CA 5-15P Angle Plug Industrial - Black-White - OneStopBuy.com You can find less expensive versions at Lowe's etc.
I've cut most of the straight plugs off my trailer stuff and put these on. They lay flat against the wall where they are less likely to get pushed down or broken. Some of these plugs can be rotated to any angle, and I suggest using that type. Part of the problem with Scamp outlets is the lack of walls to put them in. I have had to rework some of my AC placement as well.

I would agree that the placement of plugs could be better concieved. Same for the lights. Virtually all of them are located to shine in your eyes, not on the work

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Great suggestion! Thanks! I will look into that.
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:49 PM   #18
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One person's bed is another person's dinette. Perhaps the original owner wanted an electrical outlet there to plug in entertainment devices? You could always swap ends for sleeping then the plug would be at your feet rather than in your face...
Good point. I did try swapping end for end, but the reading light is on the other end and I use the sink area as a nightstand, and that is at the other end too. I think those right angled plugs have potential, and (I don't know why I haven't done this yet) I'll get some of those plastic blank plugs so that the electricity can't come out and get me!
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:55 PM   #19
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You mean you are going to "child proof" your Scamp?
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:03 PM   #20
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Nice work honda! Love the cabinets.

My plug is located by the sink and the interior lights are above it. So if you want to read at night, your head is on the end where the plug is. So, like other have mentioned, time for mods!
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Nice work honda! Love the cabinets.
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My plug is located by the sink and the interior lights are above it. So if you want to read at night, your head is on the end where the plug is. So, like other have mentioned, time for mods!


Thanks for the kind words.

We added a wooden over head cabinet above the bed/dinette and placed two lights on the bottom of the cabinet. I've been thinking of adding a light on the end of the passenger's side cabinet to match the one on the driver's side as well.

For reading, we've given up paper books for e-books because we're on the road for such a long period that it becomes too much to carry them.

We've added Adobe Digital Books to our computers and Ginny's Nook. I mainly read books on the computer which is it's own light source. It's really neat that we can down load books from our home town library where ever we are. (Actually it's from the state of NH electronic book library linked to all the town libraries.)
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Old 10-27-2011, 12:17 PM   #22
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getting electrocuted, or strangling on the cord of something. I've been putting a pillow up against it, but it's not always there when I wake up. I was electrocuted by a nightlight when I was a kid and I remember it VERY well.
It's not very likely you'd get an electrical shock from that outlet even with an electric blanket plugged in. The plug would have come part way out, or cord would have to have two bare conductors. With the plug part way out you would have to get part of yourself contacting BOTH prongs to get any electrical shock.
As for electrocution, not going to happen. The term electrocution means to terminate a life via electrical shock. I suppose it could happen if you could pull the plug part way out and get toe on blade and a finger on the side of your body on the other one. I would think that would be pretty difficult to accomplish. You have a greater chance of getting shocked from the wires inside the blanket than the plug.
In order to kill electrical current has to flow through the heart. More damage is often done in an effort to get away from the shock than the actual shock. I've worked with electricity all my life, been shocked more times than I can count and have a pretty good understanding of how it all works.
In your case the best advice was given earlier, a right angle plug. If you don't know how to replace a plug find somebody that does so you the proper wires to the proper blade of plug.
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Old 10-29-2011, 05:26 AM   #23
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Hi Heidi. Most trailers today utilize ground fault interrupters (GFI) like the ones found in kitchens and bathrooms. These receptacles, recognized by the test and reset buttons, measure the current leaving one side and returning to the other side. If the two currents are not the same, it interrupts the flow much like a circuit breaker. These all but eliminate the risk of shock. Does your trailer have these? If not they can be purchased at any hardware store but must be installed correctly to work. By all means hire an electrician if you have any doubts about doing the install. It won't cost much and you will sleep better at night. Good luck, Raz
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Thanks. It does not have a GFI outlet. Will look into that.
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Old 10-29-2011, 11:29 AM   #26
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I never do any outlet work without one of these:
GB Electrical GRT-3500 Circuit Tester, Circuit Tester#

You just plug it in and it tells you immediately whether you have power, whether the polarity is correct, and whether the ground is good. They make a version that also has a button to test the GFCI, but you can use the one on the outlet too. They are great for testing existing wiring that may be suspect too. They are under $10 just about anywhere electrical stuff is sold. I wouldn't be without one.

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I never do any outlet work without one of these:
GB Electrical GRT-3500 Circuit Tester, Circuit Tester#

You just plug it in and it tells you immediately whether you have power, whether the polarity is correct, and whether the ground is good. They make a version that also has a button to test the GFCI, but you can use the one on the outlet too. They are great for testing existing wiring that may be suspect too. They are under $10 just about anywhere electrical stuff is sold. I wouldn't be without one.

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This should be part of your Egg's tool box and used any time you hook up at a campground.
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I never do any outlet work without one of these:
GB Electrical GRT-3500 Circuit Tester, Circuit Tester#

You just plug it in and it tells you immediately whether you have power, whether the polarity is correct, and whether the ground is good. They make a version that also has a button to test the GFCI, but you can use the one on the outlet too. They are great for testing existing wiring that may be suspect too. They are under $10 just about anywhere electrical stuff is sold. I wouldn't be without one.

David
These things are always a good idea to have around trailer and home.
However, if a person wishes to change the plug on the end of power cord they don't help there.
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