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Old 01-10-2014, 07:47 AM   #21
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Thanks, that is a much better solution for connecting a portable solar panel. It is a polarized connection as well, so it insures the proper match of powered and grounded wires. The nomenclature of a "deck connector" was what I could not come up with to see all the options. West Marine comes through again.
As mentioned in the other thread this plug is shown in, I believe this should only be used for power out, not power in.
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I'm ordering without solar or an A/C. Think about how solar has evolved over the past 2-5 years. It's gotten cheaper and more efficient. The same with A/C. My stars. So, while I'm not getting either, I'm going to have both WIRED like I am ready. It's up to me to keep track (solar wiring is 6" behind the ?? vent), etc.
Exactly what I did, except solar was not an option, and would do now if buying again.

Someday when I retire I may need A/C, and when I do, it will be nice to have it new and modern, as opposed to a unit that got used a dozen times and is aging.
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Jim, couldn't agree more, it is tough to determine what work for me based on others experiences, but weighing their opinions with my own is the best I can do at this point.
Yep, 'tis the way to do it. Just don't let it be a cause for stressing out too much, as it seems to do for some. It could just be me, but I try to avoid stressful stuff. Going camping helps muchly with stress relief for me.
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Old 01-10-2014, 09:22 AM   #22
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Thanks all, a few replies.
Fran & Dave, who did the emergency hatch add? I was wondering about such after seeing most truck campers have them in the bedroom. I am going with opening windows in the bed room so air flow should be okay, extra light can be a pro or a con. Mud flaps, on the TV or trailer? I've looked at them for the TV although I don't care for the look, especially the big ones that hang on the trailer hitch.

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We had Escape do it all. The previous owner had left it at Escape to sell so before we picked it up we had all the work done....it's a long way to New Mexico!
For the emergency hatch in the bed loft, we cut out a piece of reflectix that we can wedge into it for darkness and/or draft at night or keeping out sunload during the day when needed. we actually did that for all the windows....helps here in the SW.

We had the mud flaps put on the trailer. We already had stock mudflaps on the tow vehicle. Here is a photo that shows mudflaps on trailer and TV. They are quite inconspicuous.
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:48 PM   #23
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As mentioned in the other thread this plug is shown in, I believe this should only be used for power out, not power in.
They are usually used for power out, but it shouldn't make any difference. If I recall correctly, this is pretty much what ETI used on my trailer for the roof mount, except the Perko is metal whereas mine is a plastic unit. And very heavy sealed so it shouldn't come unplugged easily. I used Perko units on my sailboat for external 12v power needs.
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:10 PM   #24
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They are usually used for power out, but it shouldn't make any difference. If I recall correctly, this is pretty much what ETI used on my trailer for the roof mount, except the Perko is metal whereas mine is a plastic unit. And very heavy sealed so it shouldn't come unplugged easily. I used Perko units on my sailboat for external 12v power needs.
It would not make any difference from a performance standpoint, just a safety one. Personal safety not so much, but protection for your electrical system. Unplugged, the male connection on the end of the cord would be hot, and has a high potential for being shorted out. Any connector I have seen for power in does not leave the energized prongs of the connector exposed. Granted, most I have dealt with were 120V, and not 12V, but the theory is the same.
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Old 01-11-2014, 01:02 PM   #25
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Woulda: thermal windows, extra insulation, 2 burner vs 3 burner stove. Coulda: upgraded our mini blinds to pleated shades. Shoulda: waited for the current exchange rate. Betcha: wouldn't be without solar - it creates freedom; we're glad we made the Apr 2012 purchase - it's a joy the way it is!
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It would not make any difference from a performance standpoint, just a safety one. Personal safety not so much, but protection for your electrical system. Unplugged, the male connection on the end of the cord would be hot, and has a high potential for being shorted out. Any connector I have seen for power in does not leave the energized prongs of the connector exposed. Granted, most I have dealt with were 120V, and not 12V, but the theory is the same.
True enough, but at least the male connection would only be hot during the time one was handling the solar panel being plugged in. You would need a cover for the male end when it's not plugged in. Here's a better product, but I doubt it's as weatherproof. It's item 1214 on the list.
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True enough, but at least the male connection would only be hot during the time one was handling the solar panel being plugged in. You would need a cover for the male end when it's not plugged in. Here's a better product, but I doubt it's as weatherproof. It's item 1214 on the list.
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Or you could try a search for "waterproof 2-pin aviation electrical plug". Looks something like this:

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It is now 4 months since we took ownership. I am content with all the options/additions I chose. They weren't extensive, not much off the base design... window over sink, insulation package, different upholstery, extra outlet, dual 6-volt batteries, no air conditioning, being the biggies. I do doubt we'll ever make serious use of the microwave.

One minor thing now appears as a regret. The trailer is wired cable-ready but I wish I had specified that the cable outlet be placed on the curb side. That's where the tv will be... if we ever use it.
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One minor thing now appears as a regret. The trailer is wired cable-ready but I wish I had specified that the cable outlet be placed on the curb side. That's where the tv will be... if we ever use it.
See.... see! That may be the differance between a single traveler and a couple. I'm have TWO TVs installed. And BOTH will be on the drivers side. (A bit of a different layout to the trailer too).

I see a huge difference between a couple (company) and a single traveler (looking to be entertained). YMMV
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Myron,
Are you saying curbside outside or curbside dinette/ bed inside?
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