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Old 06-04-2013, 10:08 PM   #1
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Charging Station Mod

The 23B is really nice as it has a lot of counter space in comparison to the other TTs we looked at. But it was lacking a good location for charging phones and the like. With the DWs permission I removed the stereo and the false panel above it. Before doing any other changes (so I could easily revert to the OEM design), I had the DW test the stereo to ensure it was not too high.

All the wood pieces to make the charging station was from the various panels I removed from the TT. The interior panels were cut from the false front that was from under the J-Sofa, and was hidden by a black skirt under the sofa. The stock used had held in those various panels.

I did pull another set of dedicated wires from the converter, to the two 12 volt power points.

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I found we use the space to place misc small items that use to land on the counter on this shelf more than we use it to charge our phones. Best of all we no longer have cords hanging down all the time.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:30 PM   #2
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I like it. I may have to see where I can put one.

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:19 PM   #3
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Nice work!.....I was looking at USB / 110V receptacle combos this weekend as almost all our devices take the same plug (phone, GPS, Kindle, iPod)

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I love the idea....but $30-$50 is a little pricey....ouch
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We solved two problems with our setup. having a 120VAC charging station and having one that works when we are on Shore Power or running Off the batteries. We just run a couple of 120VAC extension cord multi-outlet receptacles from a 600WATT PSW Inverter that is direct wired to the battery bank. One to the Home entertainment location and the second one to the bedroom night stand location. These will give 120VAC when we are on Shore Power or running off the battery. We normally camp off the power grid most of the time anyway. I mount these multi-outlets behind the table top or down on the wall - All cabling is out-of-sight with only the multi-outlets visible. I run this 600WATT PSW Inverter from the battery even when connected to Shore Power sites. HDTV never misses a beat when the power goes off.


All of our charging transformers plug into these two areas.

I am not a big fan for 12VDC cigarette lighter sockets or 12VDC appliances. Apparently the trailer manf guys aren't either as you certainly don't find many in the trailers...

My other hobby is Ham Radio which has a bunch of 12VDC equipment to be used inside the trailers. I hard wire all of these 12VDC connections to one of these BLUE SEA 12VDC Fused Sub Panels which is fed from the battery bank with larger cabling.


If I have to use a 12VDC socket and plug I usually purchase a matched set from BLUE SEA/JAMESTOWN with a high current rating...


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Nice looking work on the power outlets.

A little information about using computer style 120 volt plug strips with voltage spike suppression circuits for charging stations on GFI protected circuits. Some plug strips with overvoltage protection cause a few milliamps (mA) current to flow to the ground circuit conductor in their protection/monitor design. They are usually the more expensive type strips. A GFI receptacle or GFCI protected breaker (Ground Fault Interrupter or Ground Fault Circuit Interruper) for personal protection is designed to trip if the leakage current exceeds 5 mA to ground. That current is additive so if the plug strip is impressing a few mA of leakage on the circuit it won't take much more leakage to trip a GFI protection device feeding the circuit.

It can also cause up to 60 volts AC to be impressed on an unconnected ground conductor (missing ground pin) which can be verified by using a digital voltmeter. Fortunately there isn't any current capability from the 60 volts so there should be no real danger.

Just something to keep in mind especially if you are using more than one plug strip and experiencing nuisance GFI trips. FWIW. vic
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Nice work!.....I was looking at USB / 110V receptacle combos this weekend as almost all our devices take the same plug (phone, GPS, Kindle, iPod)

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I love the idea....but $30-$50 is a little pricey....ouch
Threebutchers, I considered adding a 120V outlet like the one you shown. But if I am not connected to shore power it would be useless. By adding the 12V power points I now will always have a method to charge our phones.

I also ordered (but not arrived) a couple Griffin (gc23139) powerjolt dual car chargers. They are the only usb charges I know of that have dual 2.1amp outputs.
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Threebutchers, I considered adding a 120V outlet like the one you shown. But if I am not connected to shore power it would be useless.
Too true....
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I get around this problem by using an INVERTER. This runs off the battery and gives me 120VAC. It works better for me as 120VAC appliances are more readily available and work better than 12VDC appliances. My charging station runs off of 120VAC whether I am camping at shore stations with electric service or camping off the power grid using my dedicated 600WATT PSW Inverter. In addition to the charging station I get to run my HDTV, DVD player, and any number of small wattage 120VAC items when camping off the power grid...

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The bad thing with using the inverter is that you loose power running the inverter to convert DC power to AC power, and sometimes it has to be converted back to DC power.
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