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Old 05-08-2021, 08:49 AM   #1
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New Electrical Outlet Rear Dinette Table Question

On my trailer and many others with the rear dinette layout there is a single electrical outlet under the dinette table just above the floor about where your feet kick things. Its super awkward to access. One has to bend way over and scrunch under the table. Common uses of this outlet are to charge a laptop or mobile phone while working at the table.

Has anyone successfully installed a new outlet directly above the existing outlet at table height? It appears there is room on the wall above the table and below the wrap around window. The obvious strategy would be to run a length of romex straight up from the existing outlet but I wonder if there are hidden frame members blocking that route.
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We have a different trailer and the dinette is forward, but the plug under the table is the same. Years ago I added an extension cord (with a flat plug) that comes around the side and to the center of the table along the wall. I used a trim piece to hide the cord where it runs above the table.

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We have a different trailer and the dinette is forward, but the plug under the table is the same. Years ago I added an extension cord (with a flat plug) that comes around the side and to the center of the table along the wall. I used a trim piece to hide the cord where it runs above the table.

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On my trailer and many others with the rear dinette layout there is a single electrical outlet under the dinette table just above the floor about where your feet kick things. Its super awkward to access. One has to bend way over and scrunch under the table. Common uses of this outlet are to charge a laptop or mobile phone while working at the table.

Has anyone successfully installed a new outlet directly above the existing outlet at table height? It appears there is room on the wall above the table and below the wrap around window. The obvious strategy would be to run a length of romex straight up from the existing outlet but I wonder if there are hidden frame members blocking that route.
I plugged in a power strip with a short cord a few years ago, and left it there. When not in use the power strip portion is stored at the end of the bench cushion out of the way/out of site.
We can both plug in our computers and phones at the table to use and/or charge overnight. We also plug in our toaster oven or coffee maker at the table when we want to use them. IMO, this was the easiest solution.

I think mine has a 4 foot cord and six outlets. There is an on/off switch, with a light indicating power on. It cost less than $10.
Mine has a plug that makes the chord lie parallel to the wall, so that it does not stick straight outward and touch anyone setting directly in from of it.
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If USB power is what you want, I previously installed this hub extension. Fits nicely in the gap between the table and wall.

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The rear dinette location has lots of Vulcum sealant all over that area (in front the license plate cavity behind the rear wall. You may want to pull the existing outlet and go hunting for a usable route up the inside wall with a straightened coat hanger first.
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