Originally Posted by 43jeeper
I have both the shore power plug for the outside of the van, and the dist panel (leftover from a teardrop build) for the inside. But Im curious how everyone actually, physically plugs everything in? Do you wire in household outlets in a big enough gang box to be a "power strip" for all teh appliances? Or do you just use a power strip and cut its plug head off so you can wire that into the dist panel?
I wouldn't recommend using a power strip and cutting the plug off for several reasons....
Power strips are typically junk compared to stuff you actually use to wire up 110V mains junction boxes. The circuit breaker in the power strip is typically a 20 cent part. Also, the cord of the power strip is not rated to be used under carpets, behind walls, etc. which would make it a fire hazard.
The mains (110V wiring) gets wired pretty much the same as inside your house, which is inside junction boxes using 14/2 AWG wire for 15A circuits and 12/2 wire for 20A service. All of the romex grounds also need to be tied together (preferably with crimps instead of wire nuts) and tied to the chassis somewhere.
Based on your question above, it sounds like you are thinking that each 110V receptacle needs a wire run into a common J-Box much like plugging each one into a power strip. Typically, you need only one wire running from the first junction box to each subsequent box for a few receptacles, all protected by an appropriate breaker.