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Old 05-07-2013, 09:05 PM   #1
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Exterior outlet discovery

Read about replacing the exterior AC outlet cover. Since our cover is warped I figured I would replace before it caused a problem.

Apparently this was providential to act first.

Lookie at what I found from PO's!


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Old 05-07-2013, 09:13 PM   #2
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Now, the 'outlet' is one of those 'crimp' connect deals where they have sharp metal parts that cut through the wire insulation to make contact. The plastic part that holds wires in place is cracked and so allowing water inside when it rains.. (rare in Texas, I know)... but this is a Travel Trailer!!

So, I figure I have to go to the Electrical Supply house, (No HoDep), and find a watertight box, one that will mount, somehow inside this opening...

The PO's managed to get the screws to wedge in, but once I pulled on the cover a bit, it started to pull away from the aluminum...

I don't know how the 'arc' hole happened, but can only presume PO and something to do with water...and electricity... but there is no 'known history' and this might have well occurred at JC!!

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I think the unused original screw holes, new enormous mounting holes that fit the replacement fixture, and gouging out of the original opening are pretty good clues this was an aftermarket butcher job.

Don't you?

Try to find an outside receptacle that will cover that opening. Is there a ground wire present?

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I think the unused original screw holes, new enormous mounting holes that fit the replacement fixture, and gouging out of the original opening are pretty good clues this was an aftermarket butcher job.

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the circuit supplying this outlet should be protected with a GFCI breaker. if not, install a new GFCI breaker in you subpanel, or,

replace the existing outlet with a suitable protective box, a GFCI outlet, and an appropriate external weather resistant cover.

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the circuit supplying this outlet should be protected with a GFCI breaker. if not, install a new GFCI breaker in you subpanel, or,

replace the existing outlet with a suitable protective box, a GFCI outlet, and an appropriate external weather resistant cover.

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Thanks! Will do! Need proper electrical safety!
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Would this work? We installed one on Little Girl. It replaced the old water fill.

Receptacle Housing for Exterior 120 Volt 500169 [500169] - $86.95 : Out-of-Doors Mart!, More Airstream Parts on-line than anyone!

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