12v lights - Escape Trailer Owners Community
Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Escape Systems | Water, Waste, Charging & Propane
Click Here to Login
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-08-2024, 12:55 PM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: Greenwood, Indiana
Trailer: 2020 Escape 5.0TA
Posts: 371
12v lights

Hi all. Dummy question of the day. I know that the lights in the trailer are 12V because they work when not connected to shore power. I assume that they still run off the batteries if I have shore power too because the shore power voltage would fry them. Correct? Thanks.
Carmel Clown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2024, 01:02 PM   #2
Senior Member
Ron in BC's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: North Van., British Columbia
Trailer: 2014 Escape 19, sold; 2019 Escape 21, Sept. 2019
Posts: 9,024
The shore power, in effect, goes to a battery charger and inputs 13 or 14 volts to the batteries and the nominal 12V system, not 110V. So no danger using any 12V device while connected to shore power.

Ron in BC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2024, 08:27 PM   #3
Senior Member
C&G in FL's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Tampa Bay Area, Florida
Trailer: 2015 Escape 5.0TA (Little Elsie) Extensively Personalized
Posts: 3,023
Sharon, a couple of terms you will hear: converter and inverter. Every Escape has a converter. As Ron stated, the converter takes 120 v ac power to 12+ v dc power. An inverter takes 12 v dc power from the battery and converts it to 120 v ac so you can use ac appliances when you are not connected to shore power.
What a long strange trip its been!
C&G in FL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2024, 07:50 AM   #4
Senior Member
huskersteffy's Avatar
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Trailer: April 2016 21' "Ramble On"
Posts: 286
For a deeper dive, I've found this website called "The 12 volt Side of Life" to be a great tutorial on 12 volt RV systems.

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt
huskersteffy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2024, 02:10 PM   #5
Senior Member
rubicon327's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Burlington Twp., New Jersey
Trailer: 2010 Escape 19
Posts: 7,147
My father's 1999 Scamp had one 18" 120V under cabinet light over the dinette table that only worked on shore power. Never could figure out why they did that instead of 12V DC that you would have at all times. I assume that Scamp no longer does this for various reasons.
Mods to Rubicon: https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f...tml#post249508
One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.― W.F.
rubicon327 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Escape Trailer Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:33 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2023 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.