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Old 06-14-2016, 05:24 PM   #1
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Added another USB Port in Living-room

Since the DW and I both have iPads and iPhones, we are always trying to charge something. We often have to utilize one of the two ports on either side of the bed. To facilitate charging while in the living-room, I wanted to add another port. I could have put one under the cabinet over the dinette opposite where the other is. Instead I am trying out placing the port on the wood shelf above the sofa. So far the DW likes it. Because this USB port has a bright light, I decided to add a switch next to it.
It fit right into the cup holder hole and stuck on with double stick tape. So this can easily be removed if necessary.
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Old 06-14-2016, 05:41 PM   #2
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Old 06-14-2016, 07:00 PM   #3
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DW asked if it's possible to put a USB charging port on the "U" shaped dinette table? She doesn't like the charging cable(s) dangling down in the corner and on to the table where she is using her iPad or Kindle. Would be a bit more challenging since it's on the Above Floor Slide, but there is power there for the overhead cabinet lights and the other USB port. Have to look into that.
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Old 06-14-2016, 07:15 PM   #4
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They now make replacement electrical outlets with built in USB ports along with the 120 volt receptacle. Be sure it isn't too deep for your box location.
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Old 06-14-2016, 07:44 PM   #5
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They now make replacement electrical outlets with built in USB ports along with the 120 volt receptacle. Be sure it isn't too deep for your box location.
True, I have some in my house. Would work fine in an RV park with hookups.
But I think most of us want it on the 12 volt side for dry camping.
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Old 06-14-2016, 08:05 PM   #6
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True, not a dry camping option.
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Old 06-14-2016, 08:19 PM   #7
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Back to my original one on sofa shelf.
Going to get correct colored wire tomorrow along with an inline fuse and finish it up.
DW says they should all come with this additional USB outlet. Got that Joshua?
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Old 06-15-2016, 01:57 PM   #8
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I also just added two usb ports yesterday, one on my side of the bed and one on my wifes. The only 12v usb was on the charging station in the lounge. Got one with a light accidentally but returned for one without. I just took a 12v power feed off the lights, it was very easy to do, didnt need an inline fuse as the lights are fused back at the switch board.
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I also just added two usb ports yesterday, one on my side of the bed and one on my wifes. The only 12v usb was on the charging station in the lounge. Got one with a light accidentally but returned for one without. I just took a 12v power feed off the lights, it was very easy to do, didnt need an inline fuse as the lights are fused back at the switch board.
I just got back from the hardware store with the wire. I am tapping into my inverter line that is already fused from when I installed it.
Our's came with USB charging ports in the night stands on either side of the bed. I would make my iPhone a WiFi hotspot and plug it into the charger by the bed and use my iPad in the living area thru the hotspot.
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Old 06-15-2016, 03:47 PM   #10
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True, I have some in my house. Would work fine in an RV park with hookups.
But I think most of us want it on the 12 volt side for dry camping.
That's what the generator is for


(BTW, you DID do a nice mod!)
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Old 06-15-2016, 04:03 PM   #11
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That's what the generator is for


(BTW, you DID do a nice mod!)
The National and State parks we frequent all have generator hours. We seniors often forget to recharge the batteries .
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Did finish the wiring late this afternoon. Found it a challenge to get the wiring down to the back of the outdoor entertainment center radio where I had power. Wired it up and were done!
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Did finish the wiring late this afternoon. Found it a challenge to get the wiring down to the back of the outdoor entertainment center radio where I had power. Wired it up and were done!
Did you have to fish it through the wall?
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Did you have to fish it through the wall?
No, I removed the shelf and carefully placed a drilled a hole thru the pine frame and into the plastic housing for the TV. Measured to make sure I wouldn't hit the TV. I then ran the wires thru the hole down the back side of outdoor TV to the big wire /cable opening where it fed directly to the back of the radio/cd/dvd player and the power supply. I had previously pulled off the shelf above the sofa and reinstalled it with dowels instead of staples.
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After camping with 3 adults and 4 grandkids and all their toys, I put in 8 USB chargers; and it still was not enough.
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Old 06-16-2016, 07:17 PM   #16
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After camping with 3 adults and 4 grandkids and all their toys, I put in 8 USB chargers; and it still was not enough.
Oh my, I know the feeling!
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I just bought 2 old work boxes, 2 USB combo plugs and swapped out one outlet on the counter and one in the bedroom with the USB combo plugs. No additional wire required.
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Very nice job Sage. I need to add a charging port/110 plug on each side of the bed. should not be too hard since there is power under the bed.
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Very nice job Sage. I need to add a charging port/110 plug on each side of the bed. should not be too hard since there is power under the bed.
I may have mentioned before, ours came with 2 USB ports on each side of the bed hooked up to 12v system and regular 110v outlets. Since 90% of our trips are dry camping the 110v receptacle with USB wouldn't work for us since that combined receptacle uses 110v to power the USB charging ports.
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