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Posted: 03/22/20 05:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you want a weather cover you need only go to your regular hardware they ahve both SINGLE and DUAL (Duplex) outlets with weather covers.

If all you want is a single outlet someone published a snap in model up above. just cut the hole carefull

Or you can go to the aforementioned hardware for they have both single and duplex. both surface mount boxes and In-wall boxes.. Multiple designs

They also have 12 or 14 ga flexible wire to run that cord back to the inverter and plugs to plug into the inverter.


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My 600WATT AIMS Pure Sine Wave Power inverter is my always ON Duty Power Inverter and it has two 120VAC connector ports on it. I run a 15-foot extension cord with a multi-head on it to the back of cabinet tops on both ends of my POPUP trailer. Being always On makes it real handy to plug-in small wattage items 24/7...

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Thanks for all the suggestions, I think I'm changing my ideas on this plan. Below is what I was hoping to find. Something like the 12v outlets that I have mounted in my trailer, but as a 120v outlet. [image]

Since I don't think such a beast exists I'm changing directions and going to try the square snap in. I recently added a new aftermarket radio and no longer need the rear audio controls that are in the center console. Originally I was going to leave the rear controls alone. But now I think I'm going to fabricate a cover plate for the hole on my 3d printer and add a space for a snap in plug. I'll keep you posted.

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I wasn't able to find a round plug, I don't think they exist. So I went with a square plug instead.
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Just one outlet? Fused?


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Yes just one outlet for now since the inverter has only one output. I really didn't want to splice any 120v wires, so from the inverter I'm using a repurposed computer power cord to the outlet.

For normal day to day use the one outlet will almost never get used. For road trips the outlet will power a 6 outlet power strip. This setup of inverter to power strip is how we've run for many years; Only now I won't have the clutter of cords going over and around the center console.

The input power for the inverter is through a 15 amp fuse. The inverter itself has a built in 40 amp fuse. There is no fuse after the inverter except there might be a circuit breaker in the power strip.

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Posted: 03/25/20 10:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Actually, round single 120Vac outlets do exist and I have used them in our house:

Round self-contained outlet

They don't need an outlet box and are approved for direct connection with Romex (In and Out for daisy-chaining)

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