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Old 05-04-2012, 03:29 PM   #1
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What are your favorite electrical features ...

All,

As part of my redo, I'm building a list of desirable electrical features in an egg.
As an example:
* interior switch for the "patio" light
* Main battery cut off
* 12 volt external outlet
* cabinet light with automatic on/off switch
... and so on

What are your favorite electrical features?
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:47 PM   #2
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Multiple Grounds so I don't have to worry about things not working.
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:48 PM   #3
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Electric Hot Rod in the water heater so I can get free hotwater at campgrounds instead of using my propane.
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:14 PM   #4
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USB charging port
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:22 PM   #5
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We've done a lot of electrical work to our trailer.

Electric rod in water tank so I don't have to hear the water tanks propane burner, saves propane.
Extra AC outlets, we have 8 inside (1 under couch for Converter and Sat receiver) and 1 under sink (for water heater electrical hot rod and air conditioner) and 1 outside on door side plus 1 in fridge bay.
Extra DC outlets 2 inside (useful for small inverters and electronic devices) and one in fridge bay, useful for running compressor.
80 watt roof solar panel.
Wifi hotspot/booster.
1200 watt Inverter.
Cable and Sat dish input jacks.
Expanded breaker box to four 15 amp breakers.
LED bulbs in lights,
Addditional lights, spot over couch and two lights over dinette.
LED Tail lights.

Planned:
Grid AC to Inverter AC switch.
Second Battery.
Improved LED bulbs (an area that seems to get better with time)
Quick conect AC cord to get AC power cord out of the trailer.
Looking for lowest current water pump, ours draws 7 amps.

It's a lot but I'm somewhat of an electrical person. I know the number of AC outlets seems excessive but I notice we use everyone sometime during the day between chargers, computers, toaster and coffee pot. The least used outlet is the outside pair.

The inside DC outlets are used a lot when boondocking. We put a 100 watt cigarette lighter inverter in each one, one near the TV and one near the Sat dish. The outside DC outlet is only used for our small RV compressor when I'm topping off the tires.

We want to get the AC cord out from under the dinette, mostly because we want to install a larger water tank, plus we rarely pull out that cord more than a few feet.

Hope that helps
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:27 PM   #6
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Having all but one of my lights LED to keep the power consumption down when not attached to electricity.

Having the controller for my portable solar panel permanently mounted and attached to the battery, so all I have to do is plug in the portable solar panel to it when needed without having to play around with the battery attachments.

A 110 outlet outside and a 110 outlet located lower down towards the floor inside for times when you want to use the electric heater instead of the trailers propane heater.

Having 110 outlets at the ends of the cabinets on the dinning table side is great for using a lap top or charging phones with out having the cords hanging down the kitchen area of the trailer just waiting to be tripped over & also great if you are using a toaster or what ever - you dont have the cord running over the middle top of the counter as you do with outlets located at the front of the counter.

Edit: forgot to add the 12 volt inside outlet for charging things such as phones & cameras when not on the power grid. Have a couple of plug in adapters for them to cover normal plugs as well as usb.
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:59 PM   #7
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a few (more than you would think you'd need) 12 V outlets, plus a bunch of 110V outlets. A 110 plus a 12V outlet in the bathroom.

Lights inside cabinets and closets

An easy-to use battery disconnect switch

A 110 V outlet on the driver's side of the coach, near the water heater for plugging in the Hotrod
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:23 PM   #8
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I remember seeing battery disconnect jacknife switches that attach right at the battery. Goes on terminal and provides connection terminal on other side of switch Complete Battery source was the store. Not sure about cost but less than $30 is what I recall.
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WHat's the purpose of a battery disconnect?
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Old 05-04-2012, 06:38 PM   #10
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LED, lamps, Vortex (1) speed Vent fan, Bracket for American flag.Right front corner, 12 volt Cig. receptacle inside.
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:11 PM   #11
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An electrical feature? Does my Mr. Coffee count? . I'd rather not have lights than do without coffee in the morning.
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:13 PM   #12
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A power line up to the ceiling vent hole,,, for an add on fan.
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Refrigerator fan (inside and outside).
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WHat's the purpose of a battery disconnect?
Disconnect battery from trailer wiring for working on electrical, possibly during storage to avoid micro draw from things like stero. I used something like this for a two battery system that only used one at a time to power camper.

Kids had habit of leaving stuff on like bathroom light and radio so was set up to draw from one battery only, while other was in reserve. 12v water pump and unexpected dead battery while in boondocks prompted that. I could "switch" each battery on/off line.

Honestly not sure why one would want one typically. Unless they mean quick connect/disconnect plugs of some sort?
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