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Old 03-11-2014, 11:22 AM   #1
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How many 12V, 110V, and inverter sockets...

The recent threads re batteries, inverters, etc got me thinking. One thing that I wish I had understood better when I built my 19 was the nature of the electrical plugs inside the trailer. I went with the "stock" options included with the inverter and solar setup. There were several standard 110V sockets throughout the trailer that only work when the trailer is plugged into "the grid" such a a campground with a 110V source. There was also one 12V plug (think cigarette lighter) under the table on the passenger side. Next to that was another 110V socket..1/2 of which was the regular 110V "on the grid" source. The other 1/2 of the same socket was 110V from the inverter...the only inverter active source in the trailer. Had I understood that, I would have had another 12V socket at the opposite end of the trailer (near the bed) and 1-2 other inverter active sockets near the bed and middle of the trailer. All personal preference, but it would be worthwhile taking some time to understand and think through the options available.
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:11 PM   #2
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:22 PM   #3
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Right on. I added another 12v cigarette plug by the bed to my build. Since we nearly always boondock it made sense for me to then add a separate, more advanced true sine inverter as an additional hedge. A solar solution is likely also inevitable for me. I didn't include these and other things (audio stuff, A/C , tongue box, etc) in my initial build because I thought they cost too much and, figured my DIY skills could compensate me monetarily as well as mentally.
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How is that decision working out for you, would you do the same again?
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Oh, yes. No regrets. I also think the mental stimulus has increased the size of my brain. My old (Longmire) cowboy hat has been feeling rather snug lately.
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While there is nothing wrong with preplanning, found that determining where to add additional 12V outlets after a year of using the trailer was helpful. While some locations must be preplanned, there are many places where an outlet, both 12V & 120V can be added after you determine where you need them. I now have 5, 2 of which I added, and use more than the others. I also found the single 120V duplex receptacle next to the sink (in a 17B) was far more useful after I added a second receptacle.
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Jon, I just read thru your latest mod's, re: water heater 120v switch, you may want to use a lighted switch or another led that visually tells you it is "on" to prevent accidental use.
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