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Old 08-17-2014, 03:57 PM   #1
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Adding 12v outlet - are we missing something???

We thought this would be simple but something is just not working right.
We are trying to add a 12 v outlet to our Escape. We have a Marinco Sealink 12vRC Marine Grade receptacle.

We spliced a length of 14 gauge wire into the wire run for the light fixture just inside the door. Ran the wires through the upper cabinet and on into the cabinet over the bed....total length of the added wire is about 4'.

Checked the voltage coming out of the newly added wires and got a 12 volt reading. Then added the receptacle onto the new length of wire and checked the receptacle and got 12 volts again.

BUT, nothing we plug into the receptacle will run!
We tried a phone charger and we tried the CPAP machine (which is why we're doing this!) And they don't get any power. We tried rotating the plugs in the socket and still no power.
Any ideas??
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Old 08-17-2014, 04:04 PM   #2
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We thought this would be simple but something is just not working right.
We are trying to add a 12 v outlet to our Escape. We have a Marinco Sealink 12vRC Marine Grade receptacle.

We spliced a length of 14 gauge wire into the wire run for the light fixture just inside the door. Ran the wires through the upper cabinet and on into the cabinet over the bed....total length of the added wire is about 4'.

Checked the voltage coming out of the newly added wires and got a 12 volt reading. Then added the receptacle onto the new length of wire and checked the receptacle and got 12 volts again.

BUT, nothing we plug into the receptacle will run!
We tried a phone charger and we tried the CPAP machine (which is why we're doing this!) And they don't get any power. We tried rotating the plugs in the socket and still no power.
Any ideas??
Hi: FMLNM... Sorry to say that not all 12V sockets fit all 12V plugs and vice versa!!! Don't know how to tell them apart except to try them. Alf
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Old 08-17-2014, 04:15 PM   #3
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Would look at your fuses in the WFCO. I remember blowing a 15A when installing mine. Can't remember exactly why, but worked fine thereafter.
We think the fuse is fine because the lights on that line still work and we still get 12v reading on the line.
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Hi: FMLNM... Sorry to say that not all 12V sockets fit all 12V plugs and vice versa!!! Don't know how to tell them apart except to try them. Alf
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The plugs seemed to fit in the outlet fine and that particular outlet is advertised as working with any standard 12v plug and this is backed up by online comments from other buyers. We know that the 12v outlet that is part of the cable TV connection in the Escape does NOT fit most plugs...actually none that we can find will even fit in the outlet....
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1) Do you have the polarity correct? Center should be +, outside should be ground (-). Compare it to an ETI installed 12V outlet.

2) Do your CPAP and phone charger work with the ETI installed 12V outlets?
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1) Do you have the polarity correct? Center should be +, outside should be ground (-). Compare it to an ETI installed 12V outlet.

2) Do your CPAP and phone charger work with the ETI installed 12V outlets?
We checked the receptacle and are sure we connected positive to positive, etc. Unfortunately we have no other 12v volt ETI outlets to compare it to other than the one that is part of the cable TV plate (Winegard) ... frustrated that that outlet is basically useless to us. Apparently only designed for a 12V TV...
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We think the fuse is fine because the lights on that line still work and we still get 12v reading on the line.
We double checked the fuses and replaced one that looked a little odd...it still worked. No change...lights still work but nothing that we plug into the 12v receptacle works.
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We also had tried 2 other receptacles - from Wally World. When they didn't work we figured they were just defective or crummy, so then we tried the Marinco and got the same result.
We plugged a 12 v extension cord into the receptacle and check the voltage at the end of THAT cord and got 12 volts....but nothing we plugged into it would run!
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Measure the voltage at the battery. What is the voltage at the fuse ?The voltage at the 12V receptacle should be very close. The difference is due to resistance and voltage drop in the circuit. Can you measure the voltage at the receptacle with a 12V device plugged into it? Does the voltage drop even further ? May well be high resistance in the circuit due to wiring or connectors. If the voltage drop is excessive track backwards toward the battery to find the problem.
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Measure the voltage at the battery. What is the voltage at the fuse ?The voltage at the 12V receptacle should be very close. The difference is due to resistance and voltage drop in the circuit. Can you measure the voltage at the receptacle with a 12V device plugged into it? Does the voltage drop even further ? May well be high resistance in the circuit due to wiring or connectors. If the voltage drop is excessive track backwards toward the battery to find the problem.
We are on solar and everything looks fully charged. We did not check the reading at the fuse BUT we took a 12 v extension cord and plugged it into the new receptacle and measured 12v at the end of the extension cord. We are reading 12 volts at every point we measure...each of the two wiring connections and in the receptacle and at the end of an extension from the new receptacle. The 12v phone charger cord we tried works fine in our tow vehicle. We just don't understand how we can get a 12v reading everywhere but not have anything run...and have the same result with 3 different receptacles!?!?
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