12v vs 110v power - what goes where in Scamp? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 11-22-2005, 01:47 PM   #1
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That's just a darned shame about the hackers nuking this forum. Hopefully Karma will go back their way.

Anyway, since I'm new to the Scamp world, I took my 13' (thanks, Christi!) out on the maiden voyage with my kidlet camping at the Oregon Coast a couple weeks ago, and as we were sitting inside, out of the rain, I said to myself, "Self, when the Scamp is plugged into external power, do ALL the lights and power run off the external, or are there some lights that still run off the battery?"

My 'Self' didn't have the answer as of yet, and I couldn't decipher it from the owner's manual.

It would sure be great if there was some sort of switching circuit that automagically switched from battery power input to external 110v to save the battery. Plus, it would sure be nice if all power (battery or 110v) went through the convertor.

Anyone know?
thanks in advance!
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Old 11-22-2005, 02:33 PM   #2
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external power goes through the convertor your lights and stuff would work if the battery was removed. in fact while hooked up your battery is charged.
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Old 11-22-2005, 03:00 PM   #3
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in fact while hooked up your battery is charged.
Does this mean 110v power 'charges' the battery at the same time it supplies juice for lights? That's how I read that.
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Old 11-22-2005, 05:21 PM   #4
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When you're in your car, truck, or what ever you drive and driving down the road, does the radio, lights, etc. run off the battery or the alternator?
Basicly it's the same question except I believe there's a 120Volt floresent in the Scamp.
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Old 11-22-2005, 05:34 PM   #5
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This seems like a good time to point out that I've posted the owners manual that came with my Scamp to my web site (url listed below). The owners manual explains the electrical system (and more) quite nicely. It is by no means a complete reference to our little trailers, it is worth the time it will take to fully read.

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Old 11-22-2005, 06:57 PM   #6
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Thanks Gents, and that's an excellent site you have Dan.
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Old 11-22-2005, 07:12 PM   #7
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that's an excellent site you have Dan.
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I have to second that, Thom. I've got Dan's site bookmarked and use it regularly.

Thanks Dan!

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I have florescents that are 12v. Not sure what your Scamp has, but you can get 12v landing lights (Florescents) from any rv parts store.
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Old 11-24-2005, 10:48 AM   #9
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Hmmm... well that's basically what I was wondering: do some lights run at 110v and some at 12v? And I don't know for sure if I have a convertor or not (I believe it does). Unsure where even to look. I'll sniff around it tomorrow and see if I can find something that resembles it.

As far as what lights use what power, it is only hooked up to battery now, so I'll try turning on the flourescent above the stove, along with all the others to see if they come on or not. If they don't, I can assume those would be 110v.
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along with all the others to see if they come on or not. If they don't, I can assume those would be 110v
Unless they are indeed 110 and some clever former owner installed an INVERTOR for them.

something else to look for! Boy, we are complicating your day, huh?

Older CONVERTORS look like big raw exposed transformers, and the newer ones are encased in what looks like an oversized computer power supply, including the fans. Dans site should give you an idea where to look.
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As far as what lights use what power, it is only hooked up to battery now, so I'll try turning on the flourescent above the stove, along with all the others to see if they come on or not. If they don't, I can assume those would be 110v.
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Tom, the other way to tell is to look for what the flourescent plugs into. Most of them that are 110 just plug into a nearby 110 outlet. I don't think I've ever seen a 110 flourescent fixture that was hard-wired into the 110 trailer wiring.

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Every thing in my Boler is 12volt even the flourescent fixtures.The only 110volt is my wall plug ins.
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Old 11-24-2005, 09:40 PM   #13
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My 13' Boler has the 110V flourescent fixture hard wired with a toggle switch on the fixture....Benny
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My 13' Boler has the 110V flourescent fixture hard wired with a toggle switch on the fixture....Benny
Your right Benny-------I had forgot about my 13footer.
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