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Old 05-13-2021, 10:33 AM   #1
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Where do you plug in your Garmin?

We sold our 2013 Phaeton. We have on order a 2021 DSDP 4369 which should arrive mid June. I purchased a new Garmin 890 to go with the new coach. We are looking forward to having plenty of USB ports in the new coach because we had none in the Phaeton. When I opened up the new Garmin 890 to my surprise it plugs into a 12 volt receptacle only with no option to use a USB port. So I reviewed (again) the walk throughs of the 2021 DSDP 4369 and see no mention of a 12 volt receptacles, certainly not in the co-pilot area.

So where do you power your Garmin (GPS) device or TPMS or any other 12 volt device you have mounted on the dash? Do you use an adaptor from 12 volt to USB? Do you use a 110 volt power cord?
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USB ports are typically only 5 volts. I'd be surprised if you don't have a 12-volt power port somewhere in the dash.
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Old 05-13-2021, 12:20 PM   #3
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Found 12v under the dash. Wired with 3amp fuse.
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Old 05-13-2021, 12:27 PM   #4
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Congrats on the new rig.

See post #6 in this thread for how I added a 12v port inside the dash for my dash cam with a switch to control it.

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f103/201...ts-479355.html

It may be different doing this on the co-pilot area but there should be a 12v line in there you can reuse. Also usually a blank switch cover if you want to add a switch.

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Thanks Richard for a great suggestion and ideal on direction. I'll try to pickup 12 volts on passenger side as that's where I want to mount it.
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We sold our 2013 Phaeton. We have on order a 2021 DSDP 4369 which should arrive mid June. I purchased a new Garmin 890 to go with the new coach. We are looking forward to having plenty of USB ports in the new coach because we had none in the Phaeton. When I opened up the new Garmin 890 to my surprise it plugs into a 12 volt receptacle only with no option to use a USB port. So I reviewed (again) the walk throughs of the 2021 DSDP 4369 and see no mention of a 12 volt receptacles, certainly not in the co-pilot area.

So where do you power your Garmin (GPS) device or TPMS or any other 12 volt device you have mounted on the dash? Do you use an adaptor from 12 volt to USB? Do you use a 110 volt power cord?
We ordered our current coach, a 2016 VTDP, five years ago. While spec-ing out the new coach, in consultation with our dealer, we requested some extra 12-volt outlets at strategic locations around the RV - for reasons just like the one you mentioned. Hopefully, your coach is not too far down the assembly line for such a mod. If it's too late for assembly line mod's, I don't think it would be too hard for a tech (or skilled owner) to install such a mod after delivery.

I'm sure that this is exciting time for you in anticipation of that new RV. Enjoy!

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I would think there would be a 12vdc plug down by the co-pilot seat where the tv/cable button is. I have one there and on the dash, but I have a 2016 Ventana. I plug my Garmin in there and mounted it on a ball mount on the chrome door handle so my copilot can give me directions.
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I built this and added it under the dash (dash cover over instrument cluster). Half of the ports are ignition hot and and half are hot all the time. I drilled a hole in the side of the dash, near the driver's window, where you can't see it. I routed all the cables for my laptop, dash cam and TPMS through the hole to the power unit. You can pull the power from under the dash or from the bay under the drive's window.

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My question is where do you place it? I bought one, noting now there is not a "bean bag" or similar mount.
Wife is not big on the 3m Stick-on pads.
Looking for ideas.
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Ram mount makes several Garmin specific mounting options. We just installed our Garmin RV 785 to the dash just above our camera monitor.
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I have a Garmin &90 a d it came with a USB mini option. I had a USB with 2 outlets installed on the dash. 1 side is 2.5 amps and it works great. You can also get a 12v with a USB plug too. I also mounted my Garmin directly to the dash angled towards the driver.
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My question is where do you place it? I bought one, noting now there is not a "bean bag" or similar mount.
Wife is not big on the 3m Stick-on pads.
Looking for ideas.
I have the 1090 and use the suction cup, in front of the pillar post works well.
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We ordered our current coach, a 2016 VTDP, five years ago. While spec-ing out the new coach, in consultation with our dealer, we requested some extra 12-volt outlets at strategic locations around the RV - for reasons just like the one you mentioned. Hopefully, your coach is not too far down the assembly line for such a mod. If it's too late for assembly line mod's, I don't think it would be too hard for a tech (or skilled owner) to install such a mod after delivery.

I'm sure that this is exciting time for you in anticipation of that new RV. Enjoy!

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Exactly! Have your dealer call Newmar right away and see if they can add whatever 12V ports you want. Our 2018 came standard with a couple of 12V ports up front (console and on wall alongside passenger chair). We had Newmar add a couple more; a second in the console and one under the driver armrest. I added a third in the consoled, so now I can power the Garmin 890 (you made a great choice, BTW) and the EezTire TPMS plus a spare.

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I added a 12v socket & a pair of USB jacks to power GPS & Dash cam. Third will be used for a Bluefire monitor.
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