How to Install an Outlet in a Camper

Written by mark spowart
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How to Install an Outlet in a Camper
Install additional electrical plugs into your motor home to reduce the amount of extension cords you need to use. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

If you ever had a home built you may have had the opportunity to meet with the builder and determine the number and location of power outlets needed for installation. This option is often not readily available when a motor home or camper is being built, yet you may find it necessary to add additional power outlets inside. Installing additional outlets in your camper eliminates the need to run extension cords throughout your camper.

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Things you need

  • Wire strippers
  • drill and 1/4-inch drill bit
  • jig or small hand saw

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  1. 1

    Determine the location and the number of outlets you want to install in your motor home or camper. Look around the area to see if there is the potential for water lines to run in the walls where you want the new plug. In most cases water lines run under the floors, but there is the possibility of using walls for concealment.

  2. 2

    Disconnect the ground cable from the battery that supplies the coach portion of your motor home and make sure the motor home or camper is not plugged into an electrical socket.

  3. 3

    Drill a ¼ inch hole into the wall. Feed the electrical wire into the hole and use a straightened coat hanger to guide it where you can retrieve it and eventually connect into the power converter. This is often the most difficult part of the process, depending on how far away from the converter you are installing the plug.

  4. 4

    Strip the end of the wires and connect an inline fuse. Confirm you are connecting the positive wire to the positive lead on the inline fuse and the same for the ground wire. Attach the line into the power converter.

  5. 5

    Strip the end of the wires at the location for the new outlet. Connect the red wire to the positive post on the outlet. Connect the black wire to the negative post on the outlet. Cut an area large enough to hold the outlet and box with a jig or small hand saw and screw the outlet to the camper wall. Re-attach the battery ground cable and plug in the camper motor home to an outlet to check the functionality of the new plug.

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