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Old 04-14-2020, 06:55 AM   #1
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12V under the bed

I have a 2016 19 footer. I'd like to add a switched light, accessible from the starboard rear hatch.


Is there a wire bundle with a constant live 12V supply in that storage space? Plenty of wires route there, but they appear to be for tail lights, running lights, pump, etc., all switched or controlled elsewhere.


Any suggestions?


I poked around last fall and will do a more thorough search now.


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Old 04-14-2020, 08:01 AM   #2
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I believe there is a 12v wire run along the top part of the door opening that is headed to the kitchen. I was able to tap into that source for my 12v lights both underneath the middle and ran a wire over to the side compartment for a second light accessible inside the passenger compartment door. On edit here is a link to my install
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"I believe there is a 12v wire run along the top part of the door opening that is headed to the kitchen."




The door you are referring to.....is that the storage hatch door, or some other?


Thanks for your prompt response.
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The inside double door.....did you see the pictures in the link? #112
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Old 04-14-2020, 02:48 PM   #6
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Where is your power center ? I ran my own wires from the spare fuse positions to power my accessory addons. Theres a DC ground stud on the back of the power center that you can stack more ring terminals on for your ground wires.
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In the E19 it is located under the front dinette seat, driver side.
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In the E19 it is located under the front dinette seat, driver side.
ah, so you'd need to snake a wire from there all the way to the back. not so easy.
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In the E19 it is located under the front dinette seat, driver side.
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ah, so you'd need to snake a wire from there all the way to the back. not so easy.
Itís not that difficult with a fish tape. The existing wires pass as a bundle down low behind the bathroom enclosure. I have been able to get wires from the front driverís side dinette bench area to the rear.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Klein-Too...6005/100660167
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Itís not that difficult with a fish tape. The existing wires pass as a bundle down low behind the bathroom enclosure. I have been able to get wires from the front driverís side dinette bench area to the rear.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Klein-Too...6005/100660167
Another useful "fishing" tool is Harbor Freight's Wire Running Kit.
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under bed storage light

A pleasant enough of a weather day so I got my under the bed in a 19'er light installed. Thanks for the info. I did find live wires where CPHarley suggested and tapped off of them to bring juice to near the rear access hatch. I could use a brighter bulb in the fixture, but this is an improvement over mucking about in the dark.


But getting old and creaky and the tight spaces I've been doing my work in, I need a rest and break from mods.
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A pleasant enough of a weather day so I got my under the bed in a 19'er installed. Thanks for the info. I did find live wires where CPHarley suggested and tapped off of them to bring juice to near the rear access hatch. I could use a brighter bulb in the fixture, but this is an improvement over mucking about in the dark.


Better getting old and creaky and the tight spaces I've been doing my work in, I need a rest and break from mods.
I agree, I'm starting to install an electric heater, for the 4th time in an Escape, it is starting to get old as so am I......
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