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Old 07-25-2016, 08:06 AM   #1
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Love love my AS, but I have one (Major) gripe.... I don't want to come across as bitter, or that I don't like my AS I do.. It was just found out on my maiden voyage and well.. LOL

I don't know what AS was thinking by no longer putting in the 12v cigarette lighter plugs in, but they have totally omitted any way from the inside of the camper from possibly connecting anything 12v without paying the dealer to install something aftermarket. I don't know who the engineer was that came up with this bright idea but it was stupid. I like to camp and enjoy the outdoors, so I have 12v devices. I don't want to spend my time in an park for hookups. If it was a cost saving decision they should rethink it. Friends that have a new $12,000 fiberglass box have them..
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Old 07-25-2016, 08:24 AM   #2
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Buy a plug in inverter?
Exactly, there is no plug to plug such inverter in ;-) That is the point of my post
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Old 07-25-2016, 08:28 AM   #3
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I deleted my post. Google 120 to 12 volt converter and you will find a plug into 120 to 12 volt cigarette lighter type device. I use my 12 volt stuff all the time with one of these.
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You could just buy one of these 120/12v USB outlets. Easy install but you will have to spend the $30.

https://www.amazon.com/High-Speed-Do...wukcrew4uco-20

Doing this allows you to keep an outlet and have 2 USB all built in.
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I deleted my post. Google 120 to 12 volt converter and you will find a plug into 120 to 12 volt cigarette lighter type device. I use my 12 volt stuff all the time with one of these.
Unfortunately this solution won't work when boon docking with no access to 120 AC power (shore power or generator.) I agree with the OP and will be replacing one of the USB outlets with a regular 12v outlet.
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I'm guessing you can tap off a 12v source, such as the propane detector or a light fixture?

Stinks, I agree. But not too difficult and certainly could have been done easily at the factory.
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The op didn't say he was boondocking. My solution works.
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Yeah, they should have the 12 outlets. That is how I run my CPAP when not on shore power. Plus we use a Fantastic 12 volt portable fan sometimes. Plus I have a battery monitor plugged into one outlet. I can not imagine doing without them. It will be extremely difficult to instal the 12 volt round style oulets and that might be one reason they quit. The outlets just do not fit in the thickness of the Airstream walls. I had to replace the one that my CPAP fits into and it was a difficult job and required modifications on what I could buy at Radio Shack at the time.
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Yeah, they should have the 12 outlets. That is how I run my CPAP when not on shore power. Plus we use a Fantastic 12 volt portable fan sometimes. Plus I have a battery monitor plugged into one outlet. I can not imagine doing without them. It will be extremely difficult to instal the 12 volt round style oulets and that might be one reason they quit. The outlets just do not fit in the thickness of the Airstream walls. I had to replace the one that my CPAP fits into and it was a difficult job and required modifications on what I could buy at Radio Shack at the time.
I was thinking they could be installed on a wood surface, definitely not the aluminum wall.
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The op didn't say he was boondocking. My solution works.
Sorry, yes, I only boondock, far away from people.. Camping is my getaway...
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I agree with you Mario. Our 90's AS had a few 12v outlets.

Stupid cost savings IMO.

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could not agree more. wanted to top up the tires this weekend with my 12v mini compressor. cord would not reach from the lighter plug in the rear of the Yukon :-(
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Love love my AS, but I have one (Major) gripe.... I don't want to come across as bitter, or that I don't like my AS I do.. It was just found out on my maiden voyage and well.. LOL

I don't know what AS was thinking by no longer putting in the 12v cigarette lighter plugs in, but they have totally omitted any way from the inside of the camper from possibly connecting anything 12v without paying the dealer to install something aftermarket. I don't know who the engineer was that came up with this bright idea but it was stupid. I like to camp and enjoy the outdoors, so I have 12v devices. I don't want to spend my time in an park for hookups. If it was a cost saving decision they should rethink it. Friends that have a new $12,000 fiberglass box have them..

I had the same problem. My fix was to order an exact replacement for the TV plug in with a cigarette lighter adapter with 12v. It looks good and works perfect. Still have the AC with shore power and the TV amp light. Took about 5 minutes to put it in. Joe
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