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GFCI receptacle enhances RV safety

GFCI receptacle enhances RV safety

SHELTON, Conn. — Electricity and water never mix, which is why ground fault circuit interrupter receptacles are essential in any area of an RV with the potential for water exposure, such as galleys, washrooms or outdoor kitchens. The GFCI duplex receptacle from Hubbell is fully compliant with the 2015 UL 943 requirement to automatically monitor circuit functionality every three hours or less. This provides continuous protection against electrical shock for greater safety in RVs.

The Hubbell GFCI duplex receptacle can be installed in any standard 2.5-inch electrical box and will accept locking fork terminals. If a ground fault occurs and the leakage level exceeds 4 to 6 milliamperes, the GFCI unit interrupts the power supply and limits the duration of any current flow. After tripping, it’s reset by pushing a dedicated button on its face. An adjacent test button allows the user to confirm the GFCI is in working order.

For enhanced safety, a feed-thru feature allows the device to protect additional receptacles installed downstream of it on the same electrical circuit. An integral power indicator provides immediate visual confirmation of the unit’s status—green when operating, solid red when the power supply has been tripped, and flashing red at device end-of-life.

This duplex receptacle meets the requirements of the National Electric Code (NEC). Available in white, ivory, gray and brown to complement a range of interior finishes, it is provided with a nylon wall plate. A PVC weatherproof lift cover, in gray or white, is also available for more exposed installations. MSRP for the GFRST52 GFCI duplex receptacle is $29.95; the optional CWP26CR weatherproof lift cover is $39.95.

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Source: Hubbell Incorporated press release

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Ronnie Garrett is the editor in chief of RV Daily Report. She's been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and now the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year.

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