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Old 02-08-2014, 03:58 PM   #11
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Donna, while you're at it, change out one of the outlets for a square type with two USB charging ports embedded. I put one on the side of the short drawer cabinet at the end of the bed in our 21. They're available at Home Depot for $25.
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Old 02-08-2014, 04:02 PM   #12
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I bought a couple of those USB outlets and they are a lot larger than the standard outlet, did you have any trouble fitting yours in the standard box?
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Old 02-08-2014, 04:27 PM   #13
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Jim, no problem at all. Quick and easy. Now we won't have to carry all those bulky transformers. Now that I think about it, there are two different sizes. I got the smaller one at Home Depot which was a 15A outlet, Model# TR7745W-K-L
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Old 02-08-2014, 05:13 PM   #14
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I do find it odd that Escape still uses the old style duplex plugs, instead of the newer Decora style, like the GFI plug is. I know in all our projects we build, it is a rarity that someone wants the old style.

Leviton makes plates and plugs in many different colours. I find that black tends to be less noticeable than white in most cases. In homes White and Almond are the most popular colours we use.

Plate colours are:
Aluminum
Black
Blue
Brass
Brown
Brushed Stainless Steel
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Gray
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Mahogany
Orange
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Plug colours are:
Black
Brown
Ebony
Gray
Grey
Ivory
Light Almond
Mahogany
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Old 02-08-2014, 05:36 PM   #15
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Thanks Tim, that's helpful. I bet the GFI is under the counter on the 21' and new 5er too.

I found a 15 amp GFI in almond, it's a three pack and I'm thinking perhaps a rocker switch plate would fit the outlet too.
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Old 02-08-2014, 05:47 PM   #16
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I do find it odd that Escape still uses the old style duplex plugs, instead of the newer Decora style, like the GFI plug is. I know in all our projects we build, it is a rarity that someone wants the old style.
I'm not surprised at all. The old style are inexpensive and they work just fine. I'm just a tinkerer. Probably won't do anything like changing these right away. I was able to get the unfinished oak switch plates at half-price, so I jumped on them. And think they'll look better with almond outlets than bright white. It's just a little thing, but will change the look for ME.

All the switch plates in my Scamp are real diamond plate

I like the idea of having a USB outlet added too. Probably at the end of the dinette bench, refrigerator side. Easy access for the stooge table.
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:23 PM   #17
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I think it's important to know what amp rating...
I'm betting 20 amp
I would be surprised if anyone used a 20-amp outlet for anything inside a trailer, but ETI must have had some reason for picking a 20-amp for the microwave. 20-amp outlets would require 12-gauge (instead of the usual 14-gauge) cable supplying them.

20-amp plugs have one blade turned at right angles to the other, so purely 20-amp outlets have one slot turned to match and are unusable with normal appliances; most 20-outlets have a T-shaped slot so they work with either 15-amp or 20-amp plugs. My point is that you can see whether or not an outlet is 20-amp by looking at the slots.
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The microwave circuit is 15 amp as are all other plug circuits, all plug wiring is 14 gauge. The only 20 amp circuit is the air conditioner and it's wired with 12 gauge wire. I believe this was brought up in another thread.

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Old 02-09-2014, 12:13 AM   #19
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The only 20 amp I'm aware that Escape uses is the microwave, otherwise all the rest are 15 amp outlets, but please see my signature
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The microwave circuit is 15 amp as are all other plug circuits, all plug wiring is 14 gauge. The only 20 amp circuit is the air conditioner and it's wired with 12 gauge wire.
Well, Escape's microwave wiring may vary by model over over time, but at least there seems to be agreement that there's no reason for any 20-amp outlets (the air conditioner is presumably hard-wired).

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I believe this was brought up in another thread.
Maybe this one: Microwave plug
Jim, this would be one of those signature-line times ... your microwave outlet is apparently 15 amp.

To avoid re-opening a discussion of circuit capacities, there is this one which perhaps settled any concerns: What gauge electrical wire is standard in the Escapes
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Microwave plug and colors of plug recepticles

Maybe that plug is just 15 amps and that is the reason for the sticker on the plug that says for microwave only.
In our kitchen in the house all of the plugs are the color of the wall. Nancy just paints them and touches up if required.
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