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Old 12-25-2020, 06:35 PM   #1
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Added some 12v USB ports to the nightstands, my 2019 came with none. Fast charging and work great. I chose these because they do not have any lights to annoy or draw power when not in use. I removed the dust caps, but may put them back if they get dirty.

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I like that! I've got 120v plugs on both sides of the master bed but they are down LOW under the nightstands. Very hard to get to and hardly enough charging cord because they are down so low.
I'm gonna have to make this a springtime mod for mine. I'm sure I can find a 12v power wire in the bed slide somewhere.
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Nice, I like having lots of 12 volt power points.
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Added some 12v USB ports to the nightstands, my 2019 came with none. Fast charging and work great. I chose these because they do not have any lights to annoy or draw power when not in use. I removed the dust caps, but may put them back if they get dirty...
Nice job on your installation. However, I think your post needs a little clarification. The power output of a USB port is 5 VDC. If you have 12 VDC at those ports, you could to be in deep doo-doo with whatever you plug into it. I hope you meant the 12 VDC for the input voltage and there's a step down to make the output side 5 VAC.
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Nice job on your installation. However, I think your post needs a little clarification. The power output of a USB port is 5 VDC. If you have 12 VDC at those ports, you could to be in deep doo-doo with whatever you plug into it. I hope you meant the 12 VDC for the input voltage and there's a step down to make the output side 5 VAC.
Yes, those USB receptacles have built-in voltage reducers.

I'm a fan of putting in 12v cigarette lighter outlets. That way, I can buy USB cigarette lighter adapters that account for the newest USB technology. For example, in a few years when I have USB-C devices or devices that utilize charging technology that supersedes QC3.0, I can buy the newest USB cigarette lighter adapter instead of switching out the entire outlet.
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Added some 12v USB ports to the nightstands, my 2019 came with none. Fast charging and work great. I chose these because they do not have any lights to annoy or draw power when not in use. I removed the dust caps, but may put them back if they get dirty.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Thanks, I've been looking for ones with no lights!
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Thanks Bob, I really didn't think anyone would consider that I was putting 12 volts through a USB especially with a link to them. I guess I should have said "powered" by 12 volt.

I toyed with the exact scenario you speak of but, so far, USB has always been backwards compatible so I went ahead and put these in. They are very easy to access and change if I ever need to. We've been camping since last Saturday and I love them.

I am going to install some USB cigarette style outlets with adapters in the bunk area for just that reason because they will not be easily changed out.
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Thanks, I've been looking for ones with no lights!
Been using them since Saturday and so far they are working great.
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I toyed with the exact scenario you speak of but, so far, USB has always been backwards compatible so I went ahead and put these in. They are very easy to access and change if I ever need to. We've been camping since last Saturday and I love them.
Ahh, that's a really good point for me to keep in mind. Since these usually have two spade connectors on the back and are a pretty standard diameter, switch-out is as simple as unscrewing the tightening ring and disconnecting the two spade connectors.

They also look nicer than the gaping hole of a cigarette lighter outlet. Thanks for giving me a different perspective to think about.
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Ahh, that's a really good point for me to keep in mind. Since these usually have two spade connectors on the back and are a pretty standard diameter, switch-out is as simple as unscrewing the tightening ring and disconnecting the two spade connectors.

They also look nicer than the gaping hole of a cigarette lighter outlet. Thanks for giving me a different perspective to think about.
They are also the new Quick Charge 3.0 which will power newer charge pads if your device supports wireless charging. It's nice to just drop the phone on the pad without connecting anything up
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I added one to my nightstand last year. Our trailer only had one on my wife's side.Click image for larger version

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Try these. I like them.

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I change several 120 volt receptacles out for the ones that have USB capability.
Lowes has a shallow plastic box for old construction work that can be put back in the wall. Also split the GFCI circuits to 2 breakers. The outside is separate that the inside. Bath and kitchen are inside.
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I change several 120 volt receptacles out for the ones that have USB capability.

Lowes has a shallow plastic box for old construction work that can be put back in the wall. Also split the GFCI circuits to 2 breakers. The outside is separate that the inside. Bath and kitchen are inside.
Splitting the GFCI is smart. I need to do that mod.
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Splitting the GFCI is smart. I need to do that mod.
Iím a little confused, when you say splitting the GFI, are you talking about breaking off the side tabs of the GFI connections and separating the top and bottom plug receptacles from each other? If so are both top and bottom plug receptacles still an active GFI?

In a home This is common practice for outlets behind a bed and night stands. You separate the plug receptacles so one is a constant power outlet and the other is switched for a table lamp.
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Iím a little confused, when you say splitting the GFI, are you talking about breaking off the side tabs of the GFI connections and separating the top and bottom plug receptacles from each other? If so are both top and bottom plug receptacles still an active GFI?

In a home This is common practice for outlets behind a bed and night stands. You separate the plug receptacles so one is a constant power outlet and the other is switched for a table lamp.

No, I see this as installing another breaker in the panel and running a separate 15amp feed to the outdoor receptacle. We often use the kitchen outlet for the toaster, while I'm frying on the electric griddle on the outside plug. More than once we've tripped the breaker. Or my wife decides to blow dry her hair in the bathroom while someone is making toast for breakfast.
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No, I see this as installing another breaker in the panel and running a separate 15amp feed to the outdoor receptacle. We often use the kitchen outlet for the toaster, while I'm frying on the electric griddle on the outside plug. More than once we've tripped the breaker. Or my wife decides to blow dry her hair in the bathroom while someone is making toast for breakfast.
Gotcha, I installed 2 of these and installed a GFI in bath and kitchen. I run them off the 15 amp pedestal outlet when Iím plugged in to shore power. So I donít trip the main pedestal breaker.

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Gotcha, I installed 2 of these and installed a GFI in bath and kitchen. I run them off the 15 amp pedestal outlet when Iím plugged in to shore power. So I donít trip the main pedestal breaker.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0825X3M7X...p_mob_ap_share
Now that is a pretty clever idea..well done Johnynorthland!
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You can convert any 120 volt outlet except the ground fault type with a USB/120 volt outlet.
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Yes, those USB receptacles have built-in voltage reducers.

I'm a fan of putting in 12v cigarette lighter outlets. That way, I can buy USB cigarette lighter adapters that account for the newest USB technology. For example, in a few years when I have USB-C devices or devices that utilize charging technology that supersedes QC3.0, I can buy the newest USB cigarette lighter adapter instead of switching out the entire outlet.
I like the marine grade 12v cigarette lighter style receptacles. They seem to hold the male 12v plug a little more secure.
Another advantage to the cigarette lighter style receptacle is you can actually use it to power 12v devices if the need arises.
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