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Old 05-24-2012, 01:09 PM   #1
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Question 12 v Outlet in overhead-plug doesn't fit

The 12v outlet in the forward overhead that is part of the panel with the TV antenna amplifier seems to be a little undersized. I haven't finished fighting this battle but I can't seem to get any of my normal 12v plugs to fit.

Anyone else have this problem?


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Old 05-24-2012, 01:19 PM   #2
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I know the European "cigaret lighter" size and the US one are slightly different and I have had some issues over the years with plugs that did not fit in outlets, either too small or too big. No real standard for them it seems, and as most everyone agrees, it is a very poor plug/outlet arrangement which kind of just happened. You may have to replace the one you have with a new one, and hope it works better.

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Old 05-24-2012, 03:42 PM   #3
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Yes there are 2 distinct different type of this receptacle I can't say which is which but I can say there are 2. I had to wire a new one for my pletier cooler and use the original for my I Phone adapter.
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Old 05-24-2012, 04:38 PM   #4
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There was a problem with this several years ago and I think there may be a thread on Air Forums. Suggest you do a search but the only fix as I remember is to replace the socket.
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Old 05-27-2012, 05:05 PM   #5
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I had that same issue for the socket that also includes the Winguard power switch. We intended to replace it, but instead found a 3-outlet adapter at Radio Shack (it's black and has a pivoting hinge, if you go look for it) that fits in there easily. Added bonus: we can plug in two extra items.
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Old 05-27-2012, 05:14 PM   #6
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I had the same problem when I wanted to power a second monitor in that single DIN slot that has the odd connector. I was going to replace it with a standard plug but that's when I found a 12V switched house battery lead in the wires above the headliner on the LH side, (above the driver), so I never bothered to change the outlet.

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Old 05-27-2012, 08:01 PM   #7
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Airstream had a problem with undersized 12v outlets in 2010 and maybe a couple of years before and after. The only fix is to replace the outlets. Depending on when your rig was first sold it may still be under warranty and if so they should cover it.

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