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Old 07-25-2016, 06:46 PM   #29
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12 volt plugs seem to be going the way of the dinosaur in vehicles replaced by the USB plug. Our 2015 Bambi 16 has two USB's near the radio and several in the bed area. New cars seem to be loaded with USB plugs in lieu of the "old fashioned" cigarette lighter plug. No problem for us as our 12 volt devices, including a table fan, have USB plugs included, plus we added a plug adapter which retains two 110 V plugs but adds 2 additional USB's.
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Old 07-25-2016, 07:08 PM   #30
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I agree withe OP, 12-v outlets can be handy in the trailer. And if you are not plugged into AC, its much more efficient to use 12-volt directly from a 12-volt circuit run off your batteries than to use a converter plugged into an AC outlet which would require use of your inverter to create AC from you battery which you would then convert back to 12-volts! Also, if not plugged into AC, its also more efficient to use 12-volt devices than AC devices run off your inverter.
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Old 07-25-2016, 08:02 PM   #31
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If you like to boondock you most probably need a generator or solar system and built-in inverter, in which case there is little need for 12 vdc outlets.
That's the solution I came to.
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:12 AM   #32
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I'll bet your Battery "on/off" switch is firmly mounted in a wood panel...?? How 'bout installing a 12V outlet (or two/three) immediately adjacent in that same, sturdy panel and connect (with an inline fuse) to the back of that Batt Switch?

Seems simple enough that a boondocking-CaveMan could do it.

(I recommend using marine-grade outlets.)
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:53 AM   #33
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Can the Sport single lead acid battery support the factory 12 vdc systems, plus a bunch of 12 vdc devices while boondocking more than overnight? I don't think so, the engineers have it right.

If you like to boondock you most probably need a generator or solar system and built-in inverter, in which case there is little need for 12 vdc outlets.
I have a 200W solar charger and my Bambi came with 2 6V AGM batteries.
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Old 07-26-2016, 12:20 PM   #34
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:-( I didn't mean to cause such a controversy, I was just pointing out my only gripe.. (tail between legs)
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Old 07-26-2016, 12:29 PM   #35
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Mario don't tuck tail or fret you did nothing wrong.

It's just a very passionate group about all things including their/your beloved Airstreams.

Its interesting how the most benign threads can sometimes spin out of control. But now you've had lots of potential solutions presented.
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Old 07-26-2016, 12:53 PM   #36
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I concur with Hittenstiehl, and I have lots of 12-volt boating devices I could use, so Mario your gripe is just fine. The folks at Airstream read or hear about complaints here, so maybe yours is one that will make it back into the product line-up, if only as an option.

Now that many trailers have solar and improved batteries, using 12 volts directly -- straight from the volts' mouth -- is obviously a no-brainer, without having to use an inverter.

Even televisions and stereo systems can be had in 12-volt.





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Mario don't tuck tail or fret you did nothing wrong.

It's just a very passionate group about all things including their/your beloved Airstreams.

Its interesting how the most benign threads can sometimes spin out of control. But now you've had lots of potential solutions presented.
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