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Old 06-23-2015, 03:44 PM   #31
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I also don't want it if I don't really need it.
Yes, sometimes "more" is just more stuff to go wrong or worry about...
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I only have one 12V at front dinette and one at back. Could do with a couple more, and another outside, but I'm making do with do-dads. All are inexpensive, purchased either at The Source or Canadian Tire.

Pic #1 is of two types of 12V splitter.
Pic #2 is an extension cord ( 9' maybe? ).
Pic #3 is a 75 watt inverter ( about $12 on sale ).

Proper outlets would be a lot tidier.
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Yes, to that, too. If I needed more 12V outlets (which I don't), that's the route I would go rather than adding more built-in ones at $50 a pop.
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Eric, you can always add an inverter later if you find you want one. If you are not a do it yourself-er you'd have to have someone else do it, a fair amount of electrical work is needed.

I have 2 12v outlets inside, one by the door where we charge the gizmo's and one under the dinette that I've probably used once. I also have one outside next to the 120v outlet for the same fan that Mary has. It's come in handy for the portable inverter too.
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Eric, you can always add an inverter later if you find you want one. If you are not a do it yourself-er you'd have to have someone else do it, a fair amount of electrical work is needed.

I have 2 12v outlets inside, one by the door where we charge the gizmo's and one under the dinette that I've probably used once. I also have one outside next to the 120v outlet for the same fan that Mary has. It's come in handy for the portable inverter too.
Pretty sure I'm ditching the inverter! Thanks everyone for your advice.
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Pretty sure I'm ditching the inverter! Thanks everyone for your advice.
Good. This is how you come to an informed decision. Get feedback from the experienced owners, weigh all the pros and cons, think about your camping style, analyze if or when you might need or use a particular option, and then decide. There's no one answer for all.

Using a little common sense and this approach, we pretty much nailed our options list, and several months into ownership, there's nothing I would change right now.
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Good. This is how you come to an informed decision. Get feedback from the experienced owners, weigh all the pros and cons, think about your camping style, analyze if or when you might need or use a particular option, and then decide. There's no one answer for all.

Using a little common sense and this approach, we pretty much nailed our options list, and several months into ownership, there's nothing I would change right now.
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I only have one 12V at front dinette and one at back. Could do with a couple more, and another outside, but I'm making do with do-dads. All are inexpensive, purchased either at The Source or Canadian Tire.

Pic #1 is of two types of 12V splitter.
Pic #2 is an extension cord ( 9' maybe? ).
Pic #3 is a 75 watt inverter ( about $12 on sale ).

Proper outlets would be a lot tidier.
Folks should be careful with those 12V splitters. Sometimes they are rated at a lower amperage than the 12V wall socket they plug into. I exceeded the 10A rating of a splitter and melted its plug in the wall socket, not blowing the 15A fuse in the circuit to the socket. I could have easily started a fire in my trailer.
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