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Old 10-15-2016, 06:20 PM   #1
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Started some major changes this week, installation of an electric heater as well as a pedestal electrical outlet. The stock outlet installed are unknown to me as well as they do not appear to have the capability for another feed to be added. So I removed it and installed a conventional outlet upon which I can feed a switched line to the new heater. Cut out the heater and new outlet box.
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Old 10-15-2016, 06:22 PM   #2
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Some more pictures. one of the benefits of Amazon Prime are the boxes, which the cats enjoy as a cat condo.....
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Old 10-15-2016, 06:34 PM   #3
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Started some major changes this week, installation of an electric heater as well as a pedestal electrical outlet. The stock outlet installed are unknown to me as well as they do not appear to have the capability for another feed to be added. So I removed it and installed a conventional outlet upon which I can feed a switched line to the new heater. Cut out the heater and new outlet box.
so those two pictures of the outlets are what ETI is installing in new 2017 Escapes?
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Old 10-15-2016, 06:47 PM   #4
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Yes #3,4,5 are the 120v outlets installed stock, the faceplate just snaps on/off. The wires are pinched in place as seen in #3.
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Old 10-15-2016, 08:41 PM   #5
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May not be the exact same outlet but appears to be similar.

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Yes #3,4,5 are the 120v outlets installed stock, the faceplate just snaps on/off. The wires are pinched in place as seen in #3.
thanks for the pics..those outlets obviously work but IMHO junk as there are better outlets ...disappointed in ETI choice of insulation displacement connection to save a few cents in labor and parts cost compared to a very good AC outlet for less than $1 each on a 30k trailer ...... similar to GM trying to save a few pennies on the ignition switch on a 30K+ vehicle..

....given a choice would not plug a portable heater or a toaster oven into those outlets and just another thing to add to the list of things to fix on a new Escape trailer...
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Another thing to add to the list of things to fix on a new Escape trailer...
I presume you will have that list laminated.
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Old 10-16-2016, 04:08 AM   #8
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The Self Contained Devices are presumably used for the same reason that similar devices are used in other RVs - they install in a cabinet panel without using a separate box. A regular outlet is cheap, but add the box, suitable brackets, and installation effort, and they get a lot more expensive. I do agree that insulation-displacing connections are not what I would want in receptacle connection, but I suspect that's what's in my motorhome (and now I have to check ). I don't think these devices existed when my current trailer was built.
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Yes, that is the type of outlet and you will need that special tool. I tried installing the second line but did not feel too comfortable about using a flat screw driver as my installation tool. So I replaced it with the typical outlet and box.
I see nothing wrong with these outlets and they are sort of nifty, not cheap as Freespirit states. They are UL approved and I can see using them once you learn and gather the proper tools. If you do not plan on adding or replacing a 120V outlet there should be no concern.
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OMG! The installation tool is $321.28!
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