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Old 07-14-2013, 07:29 PM   #1
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Above our side dinette, under the upper cabinets were (2) 12v lamps and (1) 120v lamp. I had no idea why you would need a 120v lamp there. So to suit our needs better, I removed the lamp and installed a 120v duplex recepticle. Looks like it has been there forever. Now we have a place to plug in our coffee maker, or the laptop. Much more user friendly for us.
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:36 PM   #2
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These trailers are generally under 'outletted'. We have 11 outlets in our Scamp 16 running off the four breakers..
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I believe you had a fluorescent light for when you were hooked up and 12v light for when you were not, common to Scamps. You can always plug in a lamp if needed.
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But the 12v lamps work whether you are plugged in or not. Either off the battery, or through the converter. So I see no need for the 120v lamp.
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With the improvement in LEDs we have considered replacing our fluorescent light with an LED bar. In our trailer the fluorescent is the only light over the stove side counter. As a result we've left it in place.

All other lights are LEDs.
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But the 12v lamps work whether you are plugged in or not. Either off the battery, or through the converter. So I see no need for the 120v lamp.
Now, that's true. I can think of two possible reasons for the dual lighting scheme, which was common long ago; both are just guesses...
  • Some trailers may have come without converters.
  • The fluorescent lamps which were commonly used in this setup may have provided better lighting than the original low-power incandescent bulbs.
We have both 12VDC and 120VAC lighting in our decade-old non-moulded trailer, so it was not unique to eggs and was done relatively recently. I find it annoying.

I agree that with current technology, the dual setup is obsolete.
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