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Old 10-14-2017, 09:44 AM   #1
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Outlets, plus, switches... What modification? The Build

What additional outlets, plugs, and switches..... locations... et. al. and why?

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Old 10-14-2017, 09:56 AM   #2
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All depends on your camping style, if you have hookups all the time then you may want more electrical for appliances, heat blankets and so on. If not hooked up then you may want more 12v for boon docking with solar. You are in a better position to answer this. You can always addd more of both to cover both styles of camping. You can get a schematic with the stock locations and then go from there.
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I added a switch at the front door (next to the outside light switch) to control the central ceiling light between the kitchen and the sink. This makes it convenient to turn the light on/off as you are entering/leaving the trailer.

I also added 2 x 12v outlets in the bedroom next to the existing AC outlets. These are convenient for charging a phone or tablet after some late night reading. Each 12v outlet come with 2 USB sockets.
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You can get a schematic with the stock locations and then go from there.
Where can I see the 5.0TA stock locations?

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Not knowing what is standard now I added 2 additional 12v outlets, both would be USB these days as I've converted them to such.

1. Mid point of the back dinette bench of the U. Use it all the time while at the table, dual port USB.

2. Outside next to the 120vac outlet. Use it occasionally for the fan, and once in a while for charging something, mostly the fan.
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Honair,

I asked ETI to add "2-Exterior 12V Outlets; 1) P/S beside standard exterior 120V outlet; 2) D/S between wheel wells"

This makes it very convenient for me to plug in my 12V portable air compressor
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The trailer comes with two standard exterior LED lights. One on the driver side and one on the passenger side, but I asked for two more.
I asked ETI to add "2-additional exterior LED lights; 1) Rear, centered above belly band 2) Front, centered above belly band"

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We already have one switch to turn on/off the passenger side light. So, I asked for an additional switch to turn on/off the other 3 from the inside.
I asked ETI to add "1 - additional switch - Rear, Front & D/S exterior lights"

P/S: Passenger Side
D/S: Driver Side

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Old 10-14-2017, 10:27 AM   #7
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I added a switch at the front door (next to the outside light switch) to control the central ceiling light between the kitchen and the sink. This makes it convenient to turn the light on/off as you are entering/leaving the trailer.

Honair,

I think this is a great option and I missed adding it to our build sheet.

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What additional outlets, plugs, and switches..... locations... et. al. and why?
I added a 110v outlet under the bench seat so I could charge tools and power the wifi router and other items that didn't need to be in the living space.

Additional 110v outlet near the bed would have been nice to power the electric blankets - much more pleasant than using the propane furnace.

Additional 12v outlet near the driver side wheels to power an air compressor and my water transfer pump would also have been nice.

Too many outlets That would be like having too much money.

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We added one exterior 12V on passenger side by the door, thinking it might be handy for compressor and such. So far haven't used it.. I still think it's a good idea to have one outside tho (I think otherwise you dont have 12V socket outside). We also added an additional 12V above the bed on driver side.. this turns out to be the only outlet we ever used so far, we plugged in a USB hub and turn the overhead cubbie into a "charging station" for electronic devices... We haven't had the need to use any other outlets yet..

Ask ETI for a map of where the outlets will be... then you can see if you want more and where.
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Old 10-14-2017, 12:26 PM   #10
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Where can I see the 5.0TA stock locations?

Thank you.
ETI sent us a diagram when we ordered our trailer. I think it came with the info on choosing our exterior graphics colors. If they didn't send you one, you should contact them and ask for it. (I'm sure they'll happily oblige.)

We basically added a 12v plug next to each (stock location) 120. In our case, it's primarily so we can plug in a 12v "Endless Breeze" fan when we are camping without electric hookup. (We didn't get the inverter option...which is another topic that gets discussed fairly regularly.)
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