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Old 07-26-2013, 07:45 AM   #15
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I've added 12 volt sockets to our trailer and there are a couple of places to pick off 12 volts other than the DC distribution panel.

I have picked up 12 volts at the fridge. We never run the fridge on 12 volts because it can quickly deplete the battery and the wiring should be adequate to handle a 12 volt socket.

You can also pickup 12 volts at the water pump, again substantial wiring and typically the water pump is rarely used and than for short bursts.

Another place is the battery terminals of the solar panel controller.

In general the my 12 volt outlets are used for items that draw just a few amps, typically for a 12 volt 100 watt Converter, though I have installed one for a CPAP machine that I wired directly to the DC distribution with its own fuse.
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:58 AM   #16
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Thanks guys, and don't worry, I'll keep you posted. Everything I've seen and read about these Parkliners is so positive, with one exception. Folks don't always get a response from the factory to their questions. They've been pretty good with me, and I also understand they're busy folks as essentially a start-up company. Once we get over and see Tim's, we may drive down to the plant to give them our deposit and visit some family in NC. We'll see how it goes.

Today is Escape day. Got to get some stuff from the dealer, scan it and get it to the credit union. We've been approved, it's just this detail stuff. They don't have the car here yet anyways. The Ford garage just called and told me they should have it by noon. Just due to our schedules, we may not get it till Monday. No biggie, we didn't trade anything in!

Have a great day guys!

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Old 07-26-2013, 08:07 AM   #17
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Thanks folks, great suggestions, and very much appreciated.

Gotta get back to work!

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I've added 12 volt sockets to our trailer and there are a couple of places to pick off 12 volts other than the DC distribution panel.

I have picked up 12 volts at the fridge. We never run the fridge on 12 volts because it can quickly deplete the battery and the wiring should be adequate to handle a 12 volt socket.

You can also pickup 12 volts at the water pump, again substantial wiring and typically the water pump is rarely used and than for short bursts.

Another place is the battery terminals of the solar panel controller.

In general the my 12 volt outlets are used for items that draw just a few amps, typically for a 12 volt 100 watt Converter, though I have installed one for a CPAP machine that I wired directly to the DC distribution with its own fuse.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:23 AM   #18
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Maybe I'm on the wrong forum for this question. I thought this was the forum for owners helping owners? Should I ask this someplace else?
My comment was intended to be helpful, by identifying a factor which you might consider in deciding which, if any, outlets might be better factory-installed.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:26 AM   #19
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I've added 12 volt sockets to our trailer and there are a couple of places to pick off 12 volts other than the DC distribution panel...
Great suggestions, Norm.

I suggest adding to or modifying the labels on the distribution panel if this is done, to identify which outlet is supplied from which circuit.
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Old 07-26-2013, 02:17 PM   #20
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Ya know what I don't get about ParkLiner? Wouldn't ya think somebody at the company would be looking at forums like this? I know the owner is registered here, it's just weird. Heck, he's younger than me, and I'm a busy guy too!

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Old 07-27-2013, 08:40 PM   #21
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Hi Frank, i'm late in the game on responding in this thread and i hope your weekend of visiting trailers and such went well.

I did have Chandler put in an extra 12 volt socket near the front facing side dinette seat as i knew from the get-go that we would be utilizing our rig primarily off grid and via the 12 volt onboard system.

That said... I am replacing the inexpensive (~$10??) socket with marine grade sockets as mine after 3 months of outings (five?) are all but falling apart from use. In fact, though i've not finalized my tweak/design, i will most likely take out the stock socket mounted near the galley 120v AC outlet(s) and hard wire a fused USB multiple outlet and just have the secondary one (side dinette) with the cigarette socket. We use the 12 volt system to charge all our electronic gadgets, run the MaxxFan, LED lighting (replaced the stock incadecent), and water pumps...we do not plug the unit in when we are off grid camping way up in the boonies...with one exception during a once-a-year egg-fest at a state park.

Best wishes on your EggVenture what ever you decide.
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:47 AM   #22
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When we got our EggCamper the factory added a 12v receptacle and didn't charge anything for it. 100 bucks is outrageous.
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100 bucks is outrageous.
I agree!
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:13 PM   #24
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I agree!
Yeah, I think its outrageous, Mine was lightly used by a member here who took it on 3 outings before selling it. Since then I have added a nice marine stainless 12 volt socket...would like to know more about the multi usb outlet that Thom added....I could use something like that lol
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...would like to know more about the multi usb outlet that Thom added....I could use something like that lol
Hi deryk, just head down to your nearest radio shack or electronics shop...you should find various models you can simply plug into the 12v socket.



Here is a link to a quick google search result.

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oh ok...I have a plug in dual usb unit...I thought you found a 12 volt version of something like this Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet with USB Charging Ports (White) NEW! *2.1*amp on eBay!
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