12V outlet? How do I install one?

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  1. Dave Brick

    Dave Brick El Cheapo Family Camper

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    I'm not really savvy on wiring. I have replaced and tested GFI outlets in my house though, so I figure I should be able to do a serviceable job. I have a 2012 Coachmen Clipper 108 sport, and I'd like to hook up a 12 V outlet inside, mostly for charging cell phones, although I might also use it for a few other 12V devices. How should I do this?

    Thank You.
     
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    eoleson1 Well-Known Member

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    I would suggest tapping into the 12v wire from the battery where it goes into the converter. Put an inline 10A fuse and just run a new circuit using 12awg wire. For the ground, again use 12 awg wire and either tap into an existing ground, or go directly to the frame.
     
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    Finding a good spot to tap in is the first thing to do. I put mine on the water pump line because it was easy to install there. I think I would choose a different spot, because the pump switch needs to be on, but it was like a 15 minute thing and works for me. You need to drill a hole, put in the 12v (which you can get a any auto store) and hook up two wires, positive and ground.
     
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    I tapped into the wires behind the cabinet that power the front stoop light.
     
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    BelchFire I speak fluent vise-grip

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    I added two cigarette lighter plugs in the sides of the galley so we could charge phones (back before all chargers went USB direct). I tapped into the power feed for the water pump because we have never filled our water tank and don't plan to use it.

    You might also consider swapping out for a 110VAC outlet with USB capability, but then your 12VDC would only work on shore power.
     
  7. Dave Brick

    Dave Brick El Cheapo Family Camper

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    Thanks. I will look at tapping into the water pump, because I don't use it.
     
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    aslag Pacific Northwest

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    Looks like the search engine is still having issues....here's a link to a previous forum post that has a lot of suggestions.

    If you decide to go with direct USB outlets, make sure you check out the info from user MPKing....he has a post re: the current/future standards of USB's.

    http://www.popupportal.com/index.php?topic=109654.0
     
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    roybraddy Well-Known Member

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    I ordered a couple of these BLUE SEA panels from AMAZON... These will mount to a wall almost anywhere and use a small round hole for each of the three units... Can be mounted horizonal or vertical as the three round units rotate.

    The one I have has a DC VOLTMETER module in it which is very bright so I added an ON-OFF switch for it... You can order one with a switch as well...

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    If you wanting to install a socket for carrying higher DC current I would suggest one of these BLUE Matched socket and plug assembly. These will not get hot on you like some of the cheaper auto parts stores ones will do...

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    Roy Ken
     
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    I like that. I want to put a permanent volt meter into the camper because I'm forever going out to check the batteries with my handheld. Having that, I can just glance at it and know how much the batteries are discharged.
     

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