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Old 01-24-2016, 06:34 PM   #1
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Do I need an exterior 12v outlet

One thing that we are going back and forth on is, do we need an exterior 12v outlet. Was wondering if you got one (or more) and what you use them for?
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Old 01-24-2016, 06:42 PM   #2
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Mainly for the 12 volt box fan. Fly, gnat, and skeeter deterrent, works fairly well. The breeze is of course nice when it's hot.

Found the 300w inverters fan is pretty loud, so when I'm charging the vacuum or drill/driver I sit them on the tires outside.

Wouldn't be hard to add one later if you pass on it now.
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Old 01-24-2016, 08:50 PM   #3
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We use our outside 12V outlet all the time, charges phone, can move our 12V TV & radio outside if we want, Cheap addition for the convenience.
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Old 01-24-2016, 09:29 PM   #4
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We have two, use them all the time for the 12v cooler
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Old 01-24-2016, 09:50 PM   #5
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12volt outlet for air compressor

We use the exterior outlet for recharging & powering various electronic devices, but also to power the air compressor when adding air to the tires. I too was on the fence when we were ordering our trailer, but glad I included it.
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Old 01-24-2016, 10:49 PM   #6
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I use ours for a water transfer pump, to pump water from 7 gallon jugs into the main tank when far from a spigot. Wish now I had one on each side of the trailer. Same goes for the 110v outlet - 1 is nice, 2 even better.
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I use ours for a water transfer pump, to pump water from 7 gallon jugs into the main tank when far from a spigot. Wish now I had one on each side of the trailer. Same goes for the 110v outlet - 1 is nice, 2 even better.
You people have good ideas. The more I read on this forum the more expensive my potential trailer gets.
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Old 01-24-2016, 11:47 PM   #8
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You people have good ideas. The more I read on this forum the more expensive my potential trailer gets.
Just remember that your option choices should depend solely on how you camp and your camping lifestyle. Not many options, if any at all, are a must-have, and the basic Escape trailer is still the best unit around as is.
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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. In the 5.0 and 21 models they are inside under the dinette seat, not that easy from the inside but a simple plug can be installed after market if needed on the outside wall.
I feel a lot of the exterior plugs, unless they are marine quality, are subject to leaks. Something to think about, since we all went to fiberglass because of the leak proof features.
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All great points, thanks for all of the feedback.

Our build sheet is not due until May but we are going to go ahead and lock it in now. We've already been hit with one price increase recently (u-shaped dinette), and if the Canadian dollar keeps going down, I would expect to see more. So we want to avoid being hit with those.
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