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Old 11-26-2016, 09:50 AM   #21
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I plan to get an exterior access hatch on the drivers side aft and have an additional electrical hatch right next to it to get under the dinette seat there ( we are getting a removable power cord). ETI is putting a pigtail to the solar controller there. That will be where I can connect a portable solar, wifi antenna, cell booster antenna, etc. I figure to run the wires through the electrical hatch and then reach in through the much larger access hatch to plug them in. I will have 12 volt there to power the cell booster. That way I can make the connections from outside, but also do it from inside if needed. I am getting an extra 12 volt outlet on the dinette bench and will wire off of it to put my own 12 volt outlet under the seat, as ETI said they would not put a 12 volt outlet under the seat. ETI told me that a 12 volt drop is 16 gauge wire, but if you get a 12 volt outlet it will be 14 gauge wire suitable for up to a 15 amp draw. That is my reason for the extra 12 volt outlet there. Hope it will all work out as planned, but I still have time to change something if needed.
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Old 11-26-2016, 11:39 AM   #22
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The potential connections I see could be:
- Coax for TV - from antenna or campground cable
- Wife Antenna
- Solar
- I might also do a DC outlet in there too
A "Wife" antenna would be a handy thing to have. Where did you get yours?
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Old 11-26-2016, 11:55 AM   #23
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Thank you for the clarification. I too will probably just have Escape put in another access port. That way I can run other wires in as time goes on.
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Old 11-26-2016, 11:58 AM   #24
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Old 11-26-2016, 03:13 PM   #25
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A "Wife" antenna would be a handy thing to have.
I tried a Wife antenna once. It didn't work and I got caught red-handed...


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Old 11-26-2016, 04:17 PM   #26
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:04 PM   #27
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I plan to get an exterior access hatch on the drivers side aft and have an additional electrical hatch right next to it to get under the dinette seat there ( we are getting a removable power cord). ETI is putting a pigtail to the solar controller there. That will be where I can connect a portable solar, wifi antenna, cell booster antenna, etc. I figure to run the wires through the electrical hatch and then reach in through the much larger access hatch to plug them in. I will have 12 volt there to power the cell booster. That way I can make the connections from outside, but also do it from inside if needed. I am getting an extra 12 volt outlet on the dinette bench and will wire off of it to put my own 12 volt outlet under the seat, as ETI said they would not put a 12 volt outlet under the seat. ETI told me that a 12 volt drop is 16 gauge wire, but if you get a 12 volt outlet it will be 14 gauge wire suitable for up to a 15 amp draw. That is my reason for the extra 12 volt outlet there. Hope it will all work out as planned, but I still have time to change something if needed.
I really like your plan and I'm seriously considering something similar, but I plan on having a 120 volt power cord hatch instead of getting the removable power cord.
Is there any disadvantage to using the 120 volt power cord electrical hatch for the the portable solar, wifi, etc cables instead of having a second electrical cord hatch installed? Is the hatch too small for multiple cords, or will the magnetic field from the 60 Hz affect the solar power, wifi, cell reception, etc?
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:28 PM   #28
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Richard, if the hatch is still like it was on our 17B , then one problem would be that you will not be able to close the flap that closes down on the 120V cable to help keep critters out. It might be possible to modify it, but it has a slide up and down space for the 120 cable, that snaps into place.

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I really like your plan and I'm seriously considering something similar, but I plan on having a 120 volt power cord hatch instead of getting the removable power cord.
Not sure I understand. That sounds like the hatch that most trailers had before the removable became fashionable.
My cord coils inside the trailer, with the plug behind a little door.
If you are thinking of something larger, then will you reach inside and search for the plug?
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Is there any disadvantage to using the 120 volt power cord electrical hatch for the the portable solar, wifi, etc cables instead of having a second electrical cord hatch installed? Is the hatch too small for multiple cords, or will the magnetic field from the 60 Hz affect the solar power, wifi, cell reception, etc?
I used my optional hatch for multiple phone wires, thermometer wire, 2 ham radio antenna wires - all at the same time. (During a 4 month stay as campground host.)
There was no interference that I could tell - although the 120v cord came in the usual spot and not through the optional hatch. But given the physics of 60Hz current it is unlikely that a few feet of close contact would make a difference. But for me the big advantage was that the optional hatch was near the batteries and solar controller.

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