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Old 01-25-2016, 03:21 PM   #21
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You can also buy 12V extension cords for cheap if you are late with your build list.
I run mine out the door or out a window to power my pump or fan.
Too funny! I just got off the phone with hubby and he said he could run an extension cord if need be, but he didn't know if there was a 12v one. Now we know there is! Thanks for this.
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Old 01-25-2016, 03:27 PM   #22
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we wish we had one. will prolly install one to run the 12V holiday lights that we string outboard on the awning for some cheerful extra lighting under the awning. Right now the light cord is long enough to run thru the rear storage door but... would be nice to be outside. everyone elses ideas are great too!

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Old 01-25-2016, 03:29 PM   #23
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While the Horst probes are a nice addition, after using the trailer for awhile you will develop a sense of when it is time to dump. You may be surprised the first couple of times, but after that the "fuzzy" readings won't be much of a problem.
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Old 01-25-2016, 06:10 PM   #24
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You know folks, once we get our build sheets finalized we are NOT allowed to read any more posts about options folks are getting or questions on it or what others got in the past or ANYTHING build sheet related!
We turned our build sheet in about 2 weeks ahead of time to lock prices. Once we signed off on it, never took it out again or looked at it till it was time to go to orientation. What's done is done.
Crystal called us one time to mention they couldn't do one item once Reace reviewed it and we had them just take it off, but that change was on ETI so no charge for removing it.

Agree with Jon, on the probes. Once you've checked the levels for awhile it's pretty easy to know where yours read.
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Old 01-25-2016, 06:58 PM   #25
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I think it all depends on where your batteries are in which trailer. In the 19 they are in the front box and easily accessible if you need to hook something up. Similarly on the 17 being outside on the rear.
I have opened up the battery box on the back of a 17 Foot (almost a decade ago), and I would not want go through that hassle to get to the battery terminals and clip on a power cord. On the other hand, an outdoor-grade socket could be installed right in the battery box, providing an outside outlet without doing any wiring inside the trailer or making any more holes in the trailer shell; with a 17' with dual 6V batteries there could even be a socket on each side of the trailer. Similarly, a trailer with battery (or batteries) in the front box could get a socket installed in the box wall, or even inside the box.

An alternative might be to install sockets inside any compartments with exterior doors, which would protect those sockets when it is not in use.

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You can also buy 12V extension cords for cheap if you are late with your build list.
I have one of those. "Cheap" is certainly the operative word. I really dislike "lighter" sockets, and avoid making strings of them with adapters and extensions, but it does work. Also, these extensions usually have light-gauge wire so they add a lot of resistance.

An alternative is a booster pack. I carry one of these in the tug anyway, so for tire inflation I just take the pack to where I am using the pump.
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:12 PM   #26
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or, install one of these smart battery boxes Amazon.com: UPG 40790 Black Marine Smart Box: Automotive
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There are 12v good extension cords available.

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Old 01-25-2016, 09:40 PM   #28
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...An alternative might be to install sockets inside any compartments with exterior doors, which would protect those sockets when it is not in use...
That is what I would do if I ever developed a need for an outside 12V plug. Would probably put one just inside the rear compartment.
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Old 01-25-2016, 10:05 PM   #29
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This is sold at Costco for $80. Use it all the time, including running our Bose outside on 12V.
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Old 01-25-2016, 10:54 PM   #30
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Respectfully to all who have commented on this subject. I don't think that running extension cords out of doors or windows is a sensible solution. On top of the logistics, I really don't need another piece of gear added to my list. K.I.S.S principle at work here...
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