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Old 08-22-2013, 11:32 AM   #1
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Question 1.5" Wall Outlet boxes ?

Does anyone know where to find 1.5 inch outlet boxes for the Airstream?

My 1963 outlet boxes were made by Thomas Betts- however they no longer make a 1.5" wall outlet box. Please help if you know who has em! Thanks a million~
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We found them at Home Depot - not the same brand as the originals, but the same function and they fit. The side flange lets you rivet to a rib.



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We found them at Home Depot - not the same brand as the originals, but the same function and they fit. The side flange lets you rivet to a rib.



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That's a "New Work" box. The side flange is to anchor to studs or, as you said, ribs. Great if you have the skin off. Considering the way that Airstream installs outlets, that's a lot more trouble than it's worth.

I use an "Old Work" box, also from Home Depot. (After taking one of the New Work boxes back.) Just cut the hole large enough for the box to slide in and the flanges at the top and bottom give you places for four screws to attach it to the inner skin. Much easier.



Once you have these in place, you can use normal outlets and switches instead of the special RV ones that have the faceplate made on and those strange "wings" to hold them in the hole.
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That's a "New Work" box. The side flange is to anchor to studs or, as you said, ribs. Great if you have the skin off. <snip>
We had the skins off when we needed to add new boxes...so we were able to use the "new work" version. It worked exactly as it is designed to. I'm sure there are other options that work as well...

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We had the skins off when we needed to add new boxes...so we were able to use the "new work" version.

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That's what I thought from looking at your previous posts.

I just wanted to be sure that others knew about the "old work" versions if they, like me, didn't have the skins off.
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