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Old 04-09-2012, 04:03 PM   #1
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CB installation / Power

I added a CB in a Phaeton 40QTH Freightliner. have it powered using a cigarette lighter plug temporarily. I looked to see if they had a spare plug or wire under the dash for this purpose. I did not find any on my first attempt. I also could not find any mention of such a wire or plug in any manual. Any one know if there is such a wire or plug? I can tap into power somewhere under there, just figured there may be something just for that purpose already there. Thanks in advance for the replies.
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Welcome to the forum, I can't say for sure on a Tiffin but American Coach does. Seems that Tiffin would also.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:47 PM   #3
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There is almost always either an AUX socket somewhere you can fill and use or....

On the main vehicle fuse block, (Wherever it is hidden) there is OFTEN (not, I suspect, always but at least two different competing companies do this) either one or two brass bolts. If you really look at 'em they don't make a lot of sense.

They are 12 volt power studs.

Took me five years to find 'em on this rig.
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Old 04-10-2012, 12:30 AM   #4
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I asked about a CB power wire during a recent visit to Red Bay. I was told that they don't provide a dedicated power wire, just the antenna lead.
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:59 AM   #5
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Look in the front compartment just below the driver's seat. You should see a white board with fuses and breakers. The left side is marked Ignition Breakers, which provide power when the ignition key is turned on. The right side is marked Battery Breakers, which provide power with the key on or off. The last position at the bottom of the right side of the Battery Breaker side should be a 20 amp fuse marked CB. You will need to route a wire from there up through the existing loom of wires that enter the coach through the floor under the DS dash.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:18 AM   #6
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Thanks Bob. I know the panel you are talking about. I never even thought to look there. I appreciate the help.
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Thanks for all the replies. I appreciate the help.
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:38 PM   #8
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Chuck,
How did you mount your CB in the coach and what antenna did you use? If you used the Tiffin supplied antenna did you adjust the SWR?
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I have said this before and I'll say it again I dislike cb radios and all the constant twang lingo and vile language. So since our new Allegro RED came with a CB antenna and my need to own every electronic gadget available i bought the Cobra 75 WXCT. installed and wouldnt you know the digital readout did NOT display all the digets and I had to send it back. Guess it showed me.
PS directly beside the CB antenna connection is a 12v plug in with an extra long lead and I tapped into it for the power for when I get the CB back from the cb hospital.
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We have to watch what you say about the Good old boys on the CB. The 80 m ham band is starting to sound like a bunch of Cbers. Some of the hams are embarassing to be around...poor manners.

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Right now I still have it wired to a 12V plug and plugged in to one of the 12V accesses on the dash. I went with the Cobra 75 radio for ease of instillation. (Did not have to find a place to mount it) It really does a fine job. I used the antenna that came on the Coach. I have not put an SWR gauge on it. It gets out and receives well. Although the antenna is tunable (by cutting) I have not tuned it and don't see a need to. With the C75 there is a small connector box to be mounted under the dash or some place. I just have it set up temporarily now. I am a little slow on deciding where and how I want to mount it so I will use it in different locations until I decide which is best. Not to big on drilling or screwing holes only to decide later that another spot would be better.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:46 AM   #12
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i have not yet found a plug. It appears some coaches have them and some don't. I will look again though. I do agree that the CB lingo has gotten pretty trashy at times. It is a shame that at times I must turn it off because of the language or topics being talked about. But I do like having it. It makes me aware of unseen road conditions and issues. I have also used it to adjust my route to get around traffic and or accidents. Besides the fact that I am a little fond of gadgets myself.
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