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Old 10-05-2014, 07:48 AM   #1
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External 12V power outlet

I am considering adding an external 12V power outlet to my build. Just wanted to check with other owners that have gotten this option to see how well it is sealed. I would also like to know if you find it useful.

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Old 10-05-2014, 09:38 AM   #2
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I added one at the rear awning attachment point just ahead of the AC outlet for wifey to plug in her 12V awning lights. It's a marine outlet and well sealed, although it would be a simple do-it-yourself mod anywhere in that area since the battery is under the passenger seat side of a 21. I think ETI was a $75 option price. Also useful for a 12V compressor.

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Old 10-05-2014, 09:39 AM   #3
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We have two- one beside the 110 on the side of the trailer, the other beside the propane tanks - on the 5TA the front one would be a protected area in the rain, if we had to put the awning in.

to answer your questions-
we put them in these two areas because we have a 12volt cooler that we leave outside- we have an adapter/converter for the cooler but it takes up the entire plug and doesn't fit very well.

The seal on them appears to be very good, it is rubberized and seals the plug completely when not in use.
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Old 10-05-2014, 09:41 AM   #4
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With the 21' Escape the battery is in the rear curb side compartment and the 12v exterior outlet there would be preferred. for those with the battery elsewhere, keeping the 12v outlet as near to the battery is preferred to keep voltage loss to a minimum.
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Old 10-05-2014, 11:10 AM   #5
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I don't currently have an external 12V outlet, but if I was to add one, I would place it just inside the rear curb side hatch. With this location, it is readily accessible and entirely out of the effects of weather.
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Old 10-05-2014, 11:53 AM   #6
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I have one and use it for our 12v fan when the bugs are out. Also have used it for our small plug in style inverter that I use for charging some non 12vdc battery operated items. I like using it outside as it's little fan isn't exactly quiet.

It either is this one or just like it.
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Old 10-05-2014, 12:24 PM   #7
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I would like to thank everyone for their feedback. I think i will plan to have one installed. I would prefer not to have to drill the hole myself at a later date.
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Old 10-06-2014, 08:13 AM   #8
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We always camp where there is power and have no need for 12v outlets. Here in the South all the state parks (at least), have power since AC is a necessity in the summer. If we lived in the West and boondocked or stayed at the national parks (which often don't have power), our needs would probably be different.

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