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Old 01-15-2020, 10:49 AM   #1
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Using a splitter on TV Inverter Circuit

Hello! Does anyone know if I can use an outlet splitter on the “Inverter Circuit” outlet behind the bedroom TV? The outlet only has one 120v outlet, the bottom outlet is sealed shut.

I assume this is to prevent the owner from using more power than the inverter can supply. But when hooked up to 50 amp shore power and not using the inverter, can a splitter work to power two devices?

I would like to plug an Apple TV in here and mount the unit to the back of the TV without having to run the Apple TV power cord across the bedroom to another outlet.
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:26 AM   #2
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You can actually use a dremel tool or a small chisel to open up the sealed outlet. Or, you can replace the whole outlet with one that has both open, sold by many RV places. Make sure it is deenergized before you mess with it.
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Old 01-17-2020, 09:40 AM   #3
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Thank you for the info. I might consider swapping to a dual outlet. But for now, I’m not sure I want to modify the existing outlet.

So for a temporary fix - is there an issue with using a splitter in the inverter circuit outlet when not running the inverter and connected to shore power?
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Jasper,
No issue using a multi-tap to power your Apple TV from the TV outlet.
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My 2012 25’EB has one of these electrical fixtures near the TV, one socket, the other closed off. What’s that about? Why and what’s it for, what’s it do? I never thought about it before this thread, now I’m interested.
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I believe it was an attempt by Airstream to limit the amount of demand you could place on the inverter. Mine was exactly the same way, only one outlet at each location. Long before I redid my electrical system, I drilled out, then replaced those fixtures. But, I really never needed anything else plugged into the inverter socket since the inverter was so puny to begin with.
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Thanks for the feedback, everyone! I didn’t find much on the topic when searching - probably because it’s such a non-issue. This is my first RV and Airstream so I’m being overly careful with everything.
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The only concern would be the amount of current draw at the outlet, it should not exceed the output of your inverter.

Since you are new, Be aware of the inefficiency of using an inverter. They will suck the life from a battery supply in no time. Unless you are able to turn them off they still have a parasitic drain on your system.

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