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Old 09-28-2015, 08:19 PM   #1
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What to do with all the stuff on the dash?

When we made the inaugural trip from picking up the Dutch Star, we started hooking up the electronics on the dash. Priority was the GPS, also had the TPMS and the remote for the Blue Ox Patriot brake system. Also need to mention the cell phones that need charging during the day.

The coach only has one 12v outlet on the dash.

I ended up buying a 12v strip that had 2 12v outlets and 3 USB outlets at AutoZone for the trip home, but the dash is a snake pit of cords.

How does everyone deal with the abundance of electronics that need their juice?

I've been toying with making a bracket or other mounting system to keep them organized, any pics or ideas?
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Why do the phones have to charge during the day? Charge them while you sleep. Seems you have three items that need to share dash space. Gps, brakes, tpms.
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We have a Ventana and there is a 12v plug plus a regular outlet on the wall by the passenger seat. There is another outlet on the wall by the driver's seat. I (the passenger) have the TMPS and a GPS by me. I can charge my phone too with the regular wall charger. The TMPS uses the 12v and the GPS uses a USB adapter.

We usually don't have anything plugged into the 12v on the dash but it's there if we need it.
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Why do the phones have to charge during the day? Charge them while you sleep. Seems you have three items that need to share dash space. Gps, brakes, tpms.
Well...if you take pics, FB, check iRV2, email, check WAZE and use the phone as a hot spot, the battery can get low before bedtime!

That's what I've heard.
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Well...if you take pics, FB, check iRV2, email, check WAZE and use the phone as a hot spot, the battery can get low before bedtime!

That's what I've heard.
I hope you don't do all that if you ever drive in NH! The 1st offense is $250. Live Free or Drive (oops, I meant Die)!
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We've had two 12 v plugs in the last three MH's and a few times I've used them all. I do wish we had one beside each front seat though. Will have to see about wiring them in I guess.
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How does everyone deal with the abundance of electronics that need their juice? I've been toying with making a bracket or other mounting system to keep them organized, any pics or ideas?
Here's a simple little box I made because of the same problem. Too many gadgets and not enough 12v outlets. The GPS and CB are direct wired into it, then there are three 12v power plugs for misc stuff. It's wired hot all the time, so the switch lets me shut everything down. As a bonus, it gives me a flat spot to set the GPS, etc. It was fairly easy to make out of 1/8 in plywood covered with some scrap vinyl. The Tiffin does have USB power stations on the dash, the copilot seat area, and two in the bedroom which come in handy for charging cell phones and tablets.
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I hope you don't do all that if you ever drive in NH! The 1st offense is $250. Live Free or Drive (oops, I meant Die)!
I am a passenger side driver, navigator, photographer and keeper of the gadgets!
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Lt Dan, that's what I've been thinking about.

Anyone else have something like this?

And no, I don't use the phone, computer or text while I drive, that's the DW's job, along with telling me what I'm doing wrong

As a noob, I'm doing my best to keep it between the ditches.
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We have a 12V plug in the center of the dash area this is for the GPS that's mounted on the center of the dash, then there's a plug on the console to my left, this is for the TPMS which is mounted to my left also, then there's a 110V outlet beside the pass. seat, this is for the cell phones, etc.
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Your AutoZone splitter is a pretty simple solution. GPS, TPMS, Dash Cam, Phones, laptop ect will run off their own internal battery for several hours. Time management will reduce the wire nest as would hard wiring the GPS, TPMS to a fuse panel.
Your 12v outlet on the dash (and radio) may be wired to your engine battery fuse panel - I like to use the house battery fuse panel for aux item hardwiring so the chassis battery stays fresh for starting the engine. Lesson learned from traveling with kids :>)
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My smart phone is my, non-broadband dependent, GPS. (A GPS is not needed 100% of the driving time. More like 20% of the driving time.)

My TPMS monitor battery needs recharging only 1x per week or so and does not need drive time 12v power assistance.

My Brake Buddy remote indicator needs the 12v connect, but I seldom have used that indicator over the past 13 years and 72,000 miles.

So, my GPS/Smartphone gets the power connection. The only one in my dash.

That is how I have and will do it.
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Made this out of aluminum, and mounted it to the window frame.
Power comes up from where the windshield frame meets the dash.

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I replaced the in dash monitor with two temperature displays and a four outlet usb outlet available off amazon . The usb adapter normally plugs into a 12v outlet, i wired it to a fuse directly powered from coach power that is not switched. we plug the gps, phones and sirus radio into it. We also charge tablets etc. using the outlets.
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