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Old 04-28-2016, 02:35 PM   #1
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The $550 option on the build sheet provides one outlet vs $850 for all of them. There is no problem putting a duel plugin into the outlet to provide a double plug in is there? I'm not spending the additional $300 however I'm hoping I can still get a functional double plug in with the $550 option.
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Old 04-28-2016, 02:46 PM   #2
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One outlet has two receptacles. We got both and probably could have lived with just the one by the kitchen-however it is nice to have them all live to charge your camera battery or tire pump, etc. and have them out of the way. And besides, its not $300 U.S.- right?
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Thanks that does it. Double receptacle....dah. I had a brain drain again.
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Old 04-28-2016, 03:43 PM   #4
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The $550 option on the build sheet provides one outlet vs $850 for all of them. There is no problem putting a [dual] plugin into the outlet to provide a double plug in is there? I'm not spending the additional $300 however I'm hoping I can still get a functional double plug in with the $550 option.
If that one outlet (or receptacle) is the one for the microwave, it should be only a single receptacle, since dedicated microwave outlets are intended to prevent any other appliances from being plugged into the same circuit... which is exactly what you want to do.
Single receptacle:


Even if that one outlet is a normal duplex (dual) receptacle, it's in the cabinet behind the microwave, which is screwed in place (if you get the microwave supplied by Escape). How would you reach the outlet to use it?
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Without the higher-cost "all outlets" option you don't get a transfer switch and sub-panel of circuit breakers, so you only have one circuit for power from the inverter. I don't see why more than one outlet couldn't physically be wired to that circuit... but Escapes are built to the CSA standard for recreational vehicles (CSA Z240), which might not permit that. The standard might not even permit the duplex receptacle.
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Old 04-28-2016, 05:39 PM   #5
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My microwave outlet in both units was a duplex...
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Hmmm. I'm thinking that a duplex not behind the microwave is the most useful. If that prevents use of microwave when off shore power so be it. Thanks a million.
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Hmmm. I'm thinking that a duplex not behind the microwave is the most useful. If that prevents use of microwave when off shore power so be it. Thanks a million.
Or you add a simple DPDT switch to the microwave circuit. That allows for microwave inverter use off grid and the inverter itself has a second receptacle that can be used for other purposes.

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My microwave outlet in both units was a duplex...
Strange, but potentially handy in this case , although likely not very accessible with a microwave in place.

If an Escape is ordered without a microwave, my understanding is that the space is just open for whatever use is desired (and can be equipped with a door so it's like other cabinets). If it still gets the receptacle, it might be handy that it's a duplex, for other stuff that might be used in there.
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My 19 had a microwave with a duplex outlet, I removed the microwave and plugged in an accessory and reinstalled the microwave. I installed the accessory outside the area. My 21 did not have a microwave but did have a duplex, behind a flip door. I plugged in a rechargeable flashlight and installed it on the wall, always had a charged light handy.
There is quite a bit of waste space behind the microwave, that is the reason I chose not to have one in BlackJack. That space became my pantry and was utilized.
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The inverter options may have changed since I purchased. We got the smaller 600 watt one, my only disappointment is that it does not have a cabinet face mounted on/off switch. You have to lift the lid on the bench seat to turn it on. At the time, the larger unit had the remote switch. It may be an option on the smaller one now, things do change. I'm going to wire in a disconnect eventually between the supply power and the unit but it needs to handle at least 60 amps and that difficult to find. I'll probably have to use a battery disconnect or a switch and a relay.
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