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Old 01-30-2017, 10:05 PM   #21
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I wish I had an exterior 12V outlet, so I could use my laptop while sitting under the awning. Now that I know how to use my awning.

I guess for the time being I'll turn on the inverter and power the laptop through the exterior 120V outlet, though that's inefficient.
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Old 01-30-2017, 10:11 PM   #22
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I wish I had an exterior 12V outlet, so I could use my laptop while sitting under the awning. Now that I know how to use my awning.

I guess for the time being I'll turn on the inverter and power the laptop through the exterior 120V outlet, though that's inefficient.
Easy to add on a 21 since the battery is right behind the rear awning leg mount. I put one there so our 12V fan could sit on the picnic table and blow the mosquitoes away (and run wifeys awning lights.)
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Old 01-30-2017, 10:13 PM   #23
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I wish I had an exterior 12V outlet, so I could use my laptop while sitting under the awning. Now that I know how to use my awning.

I guess for the time being I'll turn on the inverter and power the laptop through the exterior 120V outlet, though that's inefficient.
It wouldn't be very hard to add one. I purposely did not get one, wanting to first see how I would use it, and where to put it.

Edit: or what Charlie said.
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Old 01-30-2017, 10:20 PM   #24
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I wish I had an exterior 12V outlet, so I could use my laptop while sitting under the awning.
You can buy a DC extension cord in the meantime. Just run the cord out the door or a window. I also use the extension cord to power my compressor when filling my driver side tire.
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Old 01-31-2017, 02:43 AM   #25
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Cal also, I don't think I have any electronics and appliances at home!

I think of myself as a minimalist, but I did add 1 110 outlet on the front of the kitchen. I have one there in my Aliner and it works well. Having said that, I only realized last year that I had a second outlet under the bed, so I've done pretty well with 1 for the last 12 years! The Escape will be true luxury!!
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Old 01-31-2017, 07:16 AM   #26
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Easy to add on a 21 since the battery is right behind the rear awning leg mount. I put one there so our 12V fan could sit on the picnic table and blow the mosquitoes away (and run wifeys awning lights.)
How did you route the wires to the inside? I looked under the trailer and didn't see an obvious route, though I gave it only a cursory glance.
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Old 01-31-2017, 09:54 AM   #27
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How did you route the wires to the inside? I looked under the trailer and didn't see an obvious route, though I gave it only a cursory glance.
Just made a hole for the socket. Mounts through the side wall:

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Old 01-31-2017, 10:07 AM   #28
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Thanks. I have no experience working with fiberglass, so for the time being I'll use the inverter. I'll be in the PNW later this year; maybe I'll ask Escape if they can add one for me.
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Old 01-31-2017, 10:11 AM   #29
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Thanks. I have no experience working with fiberglass, so for the time being I'll use the inverter. I'll be in the PNW later this year; maybe I'll ask Escape if they can add one for me.
Any boat/marine shop can install it. There are a few in Florida.
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Good idea, thanks.
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Old 02-02-2017, 07:30 AM   #31
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What are all your extra outlets for? I noticed that many of you are adding a bunch of extra outlets inside and outside your trailer. I can only think of an outlet for my cell phone and my laptop to recharge. Am I missing something important that I will regret later down the road?


For us, it was the convenience of having an outlet available no matter where in the trailer we were located. Pure personal preference.

We did add two 12V plugs outside (one on each side) near the tires so we could plug in our 12V air compressor.


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For us, it was the convenience of having an outlet available no matter where in the trailer we were located. Pure personal preference.

We did add two 12V plugs outside (one on each side) near the tires so we could plug in our 12V air compressor.


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For us, it was the convenience of having an outlet available no matter where in the trailer we were located. Pure personal preference.

We did add two 12V plugs outside (one on each side) near the tires so we could plug in our 12V air compressor.


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Old 02-02-2017, 11:11 AM   #34
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I have a small portable inverter I use in my car to plug a 120 into a 12 volt cigarette lighter.. Is there anything that does the opposite? Allow you to plug in a 12 V into a 120 outlet?
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I have a small portable inverter I use in my car to plug a 120 into a 12 volt cigarette lighter.. Is there anything that does the opposite? Allow you to plug in a 12 V into a 120 outlet?
There are plethora of choices, here is one https://www.amazon.com/Cellet-Univer...ds=120v+to+12v
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Old 02-04-2017, 10:04 AM   #36
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That is the Zamp solar plug for using our portable solar panel.
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:23 AM   #37
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There are plethora of choices, here is one https://www.amazon.com/Cellet-Univer...ds=120v+to+12v
I'm sorry if this is an ignorant question! Does this wind up using just the 12v or does some get wasted in stepping down?

Do you use one like this? I've gone from 12v to 120v, but never this direction.
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:30 AM   #38
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I'm assuming you mean 12v outlets? In my first Escape I went for extra 120v outlets, as plug in 12v adapters were plentiful. In my last 2 Escapes I switched to having more 12v outlets due to majority of devices were now USB. Other than a/c, the rest of the trailer can operate off 12v/propane. Thus I feel the need for a couple of extra USB/12v. I installed one of these in my dinette table see#52 http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8...ns-8841-6.html
allow the use of one 120v outlet into 2 more 120v plus 2 usb https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Does this require actually opening up the electrical and tying in, or is it plug in? I have a plug-in inverter for my car that gives me 120v, USB, and 12v panel. I've blown the fuse with a curling iron. Whoops. Can this be used in the Escape? Is there a recommended plug-in inverter that'll give me as much power as I can safely get out of the 12v outlet?

When you add a 12v outlet, do you get 2 plugs like with a 120v or just one?
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You can plug that inverter you already have into a 12V outlet in the trailer, but you can't run high-energy items, like a hair curler or dryer or coffee maker into it without maybe melting a plug ( done that ). You've already noted that there are better ways to make lunch than to run a microwave.
There are many small, cheap inverters available, and there are splitters and USB outlets.
You can get 12V chargers for most anything. I purchased one to charge my MacBook Air instead of using an inverter and the 120V charger.
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You can plug that inverter you already have into a 12V outlet in the trailer, but you can't run high-energy items, like a hair curler or dryer or coffee maker into it without maybe melting a plug ( done that ). You've already noted that there are better ways to make lunch than to run a microwave.
There are many small, cheap inverters available, and there are splitters and USB outlets.
You can get 12V chargers for most anything. I purchased one to charge my MacBook Air instead of using an inverter and the 120V charger.
What happens when you split a 12v? Do you get two good 12v?

Long ago I read about someone putting a 300w inverter in their Escape. Was this with larger gauge wiring? What's the highest wattage inverter I can use, and then can I plug anything into it that falls below the listed wattage?
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