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Old 05-10-2010, 09:08 PM   #1
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Hey Escapees - I need your help. Tammy just wrote me and wants to know where I want the 12v outlet and TV coax plugin installed on our 17B. Since I have never been IN a 17B I am not sure what to tell her. We would (infrequently) use the TV cable plug to connect to my Mac laptop for TV viewing. The 12v outlet I will sometimes use to charge our Coleman battery lantern and who knows. So I am hoping for some expert advice from you Escapees!!
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:30 PM   #2
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Hi: Eric T...We have two 12V sockets. One in the loft/bed area with the TV antenna and cable outlets, and one beside the GFI outlet beside the sink/ under the counter extension. If I had it to do over again I'd probably locate one beside the converter in the face of the dinette seat. Usually the power cords for the computers etc. are long enough and the dinette area isn't that big a space. My wife is the "Tech Support" one with the computer. We're still learning where stuff is after three years. Alf
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Old 05-10-2010, 10:05 PM   #3
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We have two 12 volt outlets but have not used the trailer enough to validate the choices we made for locations. However, keep in mind other possible uses such as GPS and phone recharging, laptop and how about CPAP machines. Most of the new CPAP are low draw and will run fine on 12 volt with a different power cord. By the way we choose over the Queen bed and under the front dinette.
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Old 05-10-2010, 10:39 PM   #4
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I had one installed under the bed at the rear passenger side and one on the wardrobe on the front passenger side ( after having the unit for a year ). Both are located next to existing wiring. I'd order front and rear DC ports and I'd get one outside along with an AC outside if I were ordering again. The more options the better.

However, you can buy DC splitters and extension cords for under $10 from The Source ( formerly Radio Shack ) or online. I run a DC extension out the window to my Sat radio for instance. Could watch TV outside too if I had a signal or watch a DVD using the DVD player and TV powered by the splitter and extension.

What I'm trying to say is it is easier to install options now than later.

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Old 05-11-2010, 12:30 AM   #5
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Hi All - wondering what to buy for the 5.0, 12v tv or 120v. Limitations on the 120v is need shore power. Or is using an inverter better to power the 120v tv.

Your thoughts please.
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Old 05-11-2010, 12:41 AM   #6
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Hi Eric,
I got a tv and 12 volt next to the outlet on the wardrobe passenger side facing front next to each other. I also got a tv outlet near the fridge as I got the tv too. I only got the 12 volt on the advise of a family member. For the foreseeable future, I plan to use shore power, so I got extra regular outlets, like under the stove top so I could plug in a hairdryer to use in the shower area. (I also got the door hinges changed to make that and bathroom access more user friendly for me.) Glenn has good advice.
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Old 05-11-2010, 12:54 AM   #7
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My 15" television plugs into AC and converts it to DC to the TV. I could get a DC power cord for it, but I can also plug my inverter into DC, converting it to AC and then the power cord will convert it back to DC to the TV.
Or, I could just leave the TV at home and play cribbage or scrabble, or read a book...on my iPad....

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Old 05-11-2010, 05:49 AM   #8
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Hi All - wondering what to buy for the 5.0, 12v tv or 120v. Limitations on the 120v is need shore power. Or is using an inverter better to power the 120v tv.

Your thoughts please.
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Our TV is DC, so will work whether plugged in or on battery. Makes a complicated issue simple.
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Old 05-11-2010, 07:23 AM   #9
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I put a cable/DC outlet on a dinette bench towards the front of the trailer, and one up high by the side gable of the kitchen for wall mounting a TV should we get one. The latter has only been used to charge cell phones, but the one at the dinette has been used a couple times for watching TV on my laptop.
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:36 AM   #10
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Re: Help!!!

You are an amazing group - thanks so much for your quick help! All you ideas have helped me focus on the possible locations. We are very infrequent TV viewers when camping (we are seldom anywhere where it is available) and are more likely to watch a DVD on the Mac laptop. I think for us a cable TV outlet near the bed (either above -near the lights or underneath) would be the most practical. A 12v outlet will most likely just be used infrequently to charge devices like our GPS, lantern or cell phones - so I think near the front dinette where they can sit while charging will be best.

Again thank you all so very much for all your quick suggestions!!!
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