Jimbo wrote:I am thinking about not including any 12v wiring outside of the running lights on my TD. I will always be camping where there is shore power so it seems like a waste. I have found some nice interior lights but can't find anything that will work for a porch light. I thought about getting a 12v light and modifying a 120v nightlight to work with it but would rather find something better suited out of the box. Any suggestions?
Chuck Craven wrote:Yes but you need to rectify the 12-v ac to dc. But the better way would to go to Radio Shack or an electronic supply house like Jamco and bye a 12-v power supply, to replace the low voltage transformer. Then you have 12-dc and can run lamp type lights, LED lights, portable florescent lights or any thing that runs on 12v dc. You just need to get a power supply big enough to handle the total load. You can even run the small LCD auto TV / DVD sets. All from the supply plugged in to the shore powers 120-v ac. One could add the battery if needed later!
AC not DC, what a difference a letter makes. Should have read your post not skim over it.
What do you think about running everything on 110 AC except the lighting? And what type of lighting do you recommend? I was thinking maybe flourescent tubes, but do not know anything about the 12v DC flavor. Could you get white LED's bright enough to read a book by? Do not know much about LED's either.
Thinking about surge protected 110v AC and 12v battery system.
Thanks for keeping me pointed in the right direction.
Surge protection is a good idea no mater what you are using shore power to run. Most campgrounds have there wiring under sized. The worst are county campgrounds as they never were setup for the motor homes that use 5000 watts, like a houses do. I would think of using a GFI breaker as the main if you wire the tear with 120v ac power. Build up a small breaker box with several circuits to power the teardrop. If you are going with just 12v lights then the low voltage lights work good. LED’s in the right fixture can be blinding, should have no problem reading by LED light! Set up the LED lights in one of those custom van adjustable spot light fixtures "map light fixtures", that should work good for reading.
Map light fixtures sound great!!! Two or three of those and a dome light and I think the interior will be well light. Another two or three in the galley and I think it will good to go. Do you think the breaker on a hair dryer would be OK? Thought I would use this and an extention cord to get the ac power to it. Maybe put a breaker on the A/C unit and one for the TV etc. and one for the galley.
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