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Old 10-20-2012, 11:23 AM   #15
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LOL who would have thought that a question regarding outlets could lead to a Saturday morning sex education class
It is important to learn these things, Carol. Even at the ages of many here.
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:37 AM   #16
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No matter your going to have to put a hole (wire or receptical) in the body somewhere. I cut a hole for the box and tapped into the 110 v line inside. Depending on your wire configeration inside you could put your GFI on1 ist item on the same line which would protect all down the line or put it in the outside only. Then a weather tight cover on outside. I placed mine on the rear panewl (door side) also put in a double while your at it, woul'nt regret.

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Thanks for the clarification Jim I feel better. I believe I got the GFI connected correctly: line (from the panel) and load (to the extra plug). It actually took me a long time to get up the courage to add the connection not due to worry about cutting another hole in the trailer but due to fear of getting the electrical wrong. I have very few electrical appliances and it would be very rare for more than one to be running at the same time so it shouldn't be to hard to figure out which plug/appliance caused the trip should it happened.
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It is important to learn these things, Carol. Even at the ages of many here.
Yup agree due to the age factor it is possible that some us may have actually forgot the details.
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:46 AM   #19
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Thanks for all the great ideas. I'm sorry that I didn't specify that I want a female outlet so that I can bring power out to a crock pot.

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here are some pictures for visceral reasons, female and then male
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and finally your GFCI type outlet
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I have often wondered, does the odd shaped hole go up or down?
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"Then a weather tight cover on outside. I placed mine on the rear panewl (door side) also put in a double while your at it, woul'nt regret."
Ron, in your pictures, your exterior outlet cover maybe better if the hinge was reversed/upside down so that wind driven water can not lift the cover and gain access.
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Carol, yes, as others have said, you're OK the way you've wired your exterior outlet. In the event of a problem the interior GFCI will protect the exterior outlet. Just don't do that at home. In BC exterior GFCIs must be on a completely separate circuit.

Jim, the odd shaped ground hole should be on the bottom. Think of a plug that is starting to pull out and tilt down. With the ground pin on the bottom it's the last pin to disconnect. Much safer than if the ground disconnects while the circuit is still hot.

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Just don't do that at home. In BC exterior GFCIs must be on a completely separate circuit.
Thanks Ron I did know that having had a new exterior plug added to the house not long ago. Its also why I thought I had better double checked with a few more knowledge folks than I prior to doing the trailer after I read in the GFCI instructions that I could put them in line.
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I'm thinking about Carol's comment "I *believe* I got the GFI connected correctly" (emphasis mine). If I were in that position, I'd test it. Get a 14 gauge wire with two bare ends, and touch it from hot to ground and see if the GFI triggered. But I'm wondering how wise that attitude of mine is... For that reason I won't recommend anybody else do it. But I'll ask: am I being "unwise" (aka "stupid") doing such things?
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Tom,

In case you haven't considered it, the reason for mounting mine to the bottom of the floor near the bumper is to eliminate another hole thru the fiberglass. In my case the plug is rarely used, a few times a year.
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I'm thinking about Carol's comment "I *believe* I got the GFI connected correctly" (emphasis mine). If I were in that position, I'd test it. Get a 14 gauge wire with two bare ends, and touch it from hot to ground and see if the GFI triggered. But I'm wondering how wise that attitude of mine is... For that reason I won't recommend anybody else do it. But I'll ask: am I being "unwise" (aka "stupid") doing such things?
Doug I think you are being wise to double check but I cant comment on how best to - hopefully someone else well.

The reason I said "believe" is mainly due to having done the install a few months ago so from the comfort of my chair I can say I am 99.9% sure its correct based on memory of following the line and load instructions, just dont feel comfortable saying 100% sure without going out to the trailer and taking the outlet cover off to reconfirm it.
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