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basic electrical question

Postby DavidMcC » Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:00 pm

Ok, here is my story...I am making a "camper" that will set up on a 5x8 utility trailer. Here is where it gets kind of funky for a lot of folks lol, this system will be sections or panels that come apart and lay flat for travel and storage allowing the trailer to be used as needed and then when I camp it all goes together with t nuts and wingbolts. My question is this I want to run two outlets so clearly I will need two outlets, outlet boxes and cover plates. How do I make a plug that will plug into camp supplied power and run power to the two outlets? the only things I will be powering would be my laptop, lights and here is the biggie the a/c, now its not the big dog ac I'm thinking the 3' high ones that vent outside. At the very least if that wouldn't be an option then possibly a couple of fans.
If it matters my walls would be 1/4 outside 1.5'' insulation inbetween and then 1/4" ply for the inside wall. I will be running 1x2 "studs" as well.
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Re: basic electrical question

Postby working on it » Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:54 am

DavidMcC wrote:Ok, here is my story...I am making a "camper" that will set up on a 5x8 utility trailer. Here is where it gets kind of funky for a lot of folks lol, this system will be sections or panels that come apart and lay flat for travel and storage allowing the trailer to be used as needed and then when I camp it all goes together with t nuts and wingbolts. My question is this I want to run two outlets so clearly I will need two outlets, outlet boxes and cover plates. How do I make a plug that will plug into camp supplied power and run power to the two outlets? the only things I will be powering would be my laptop, lights and here is the biggie the a/c, now its not the big dog ac I'm thinking the 3' high ones that vent outside. At the very least if that wouldn't be an option then possibly a couple of fans.
If it matters my walls would be 1/4 outside 1.5'' insulation inbetween and then 1/4" ply for the inside wall. I will be running 1x2 "studs" as well.
thanks gang,
D
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Re: basic electrical question

Postby tony.latham » Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:21 am

I put one of these in my sister's 'drop. Nice and clean.

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Re: basic electrical question

Postby lfhoward » Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:37 am

I did what Tony did. The 15A inlet plug on the drivers side of my camper is connected to a 15A fuse and a GFCI outlet on the inside of the camper. Anything else can be hard wired to that outlet or you could just use a power strip from there as Working On It suggested.

Here is the fuse holder I used. Underneath the cover is a round screw-in type 15 amp fuse. The switch allows you to turn off the electrical system from the inside of the trailer if you need to.
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Re: basic electrical question

Postby DavidMcC » Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:59 am

Thank you guys this is the direction I was hoping for some not mind boggling lol
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