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Old 11-20-2007, 10:22 AM   #1
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Hi,

Anybody know if PI puts a 12 cigarette type outlet in these coaches? I want to run my satellite equipment on an inverter when I don't have shore power.
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:22 AM   #2
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Hi,

Anybody know if PI puts a 12 cigarette type outlet in these coaches? I want to run my satellite equipment on an inverter when I don't have shore power.
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:47 AM   #3
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Bruce;

The only place we install a 12V cigarette style plug is in the bedroom TV opening. It should be in the ceiling.

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Old 11-20-2007, 11:07 AM   #4
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Thanks much Bryan for the quick reply.

BR is the opposite end for me. Can I safely tap into the spot light wiring over the recliners in the back of my 33RSE to plug in a 150W inverter for three electronic boxes drawing about 1 amp combined?
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Old 11-20-2007, 02:17 PM   #5
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Bruce and Jenna:
Can I safely tap into the spot light wiring over the recliners in the back of my 33RSE to plug in a 150W inverter for three electronic boxes drawing about 1 amp combined? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I did! My 12 volt aircard amplifier, and my aircard router are tapped into that light wiring.

The circuit is fused, so if your inverter draws too much (I doubt it will) you will just pop a fuse.
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Doug,

You are as brilliant as I am good looking. (I've never seen you in person, hence...)

How did you manage installing the outlet in that space? Can you post a pic or email it to me? Can ya, can ya?
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Old 11-21-2007, 05:37 AM   #7
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I have found the 12 outlet in the bedroom to be inadequate. The wiring is just not heavy enough. We have a 2002, perhaps the wiring has been improved in the newer models. If not maybe Bryan can look into it. BTW small wiring is typical for most RV's. Excel is NOT most RV's and should do it better.
Bruce, why don't you plug in your inverter to the 12 Volt outlet and run an extension cord to your Satellite setup just to see IF that 12 Volt outlet supplies adequate power. An easy test.
Mine won't so I have hardwired my inverter to the batteries.

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Bruce,

I tried to take a picture last night, but my flash would not light up the inside of the cabinet good enough.

Here is what I did. . .I bought a few of those cigarette lighter "Y" plugs in a truck stop. (radio shack has them too, but they are cheaper at flying J) The first one I bought, I cut the female plugs off, leaving about 7" of cable on the female plugs. I then cut the wire to the reading light, and spliced in one of these female sockets. (make sure you use a meter to get the polarity correct) I just used wire nuts to make the new connections.

I then installed one of the "Y" plugs so I could power the router and amplifier.


I see from your blog, you guys are both from NJ!! We sold our house in Randolph a few months ago to start our full time adventure.
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Thanks Doug. Since I'm not as familiar as you with 12v wiring, and didn't want to risk an error or a warranty problem, I paid the dealer some bucks to mount an outlet next to the light when he was banging on my slideout today. I might have attempted it with your instrutions, but I had already scheduled the appt.

NJ - yeah, seems like a lifetime ago. Actually half a lifetime, since I spent most of my first 30 years there, in Irvington, Elizabeth, Camden, and Atlantic City. Met my DW in AC and we took off for points west. Which, 27 years later, will take us to Q in Jan to the Escapees FT class of 2007 rally. As a recent addition to the FT life, you qualify too. Send me PM if you are so interested.

Thanks again for your help!
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We ordered ours with 3 extra 12v outlets: One in the bathroom, one next to the entertainment center, and one in the kitchen. These were specified to be on individual circuits. While we rarely use them it is handy when we are boondocking overnight. I use the kitchen one to run a 110 volt rear view camera when I am double towing.
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