Camper trailer accessory plugs

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 14:35
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Hi all,

I would like some advice on what accessory plugs to install on my camper trailer.
I have a power pack, but I'm not sure if I should put it in the front toolbox or trailer part.

Also, what type of accessory plugs are the best to use (cigarette or merit)?
Is it best to have a bank of female plugs near the battery pack?

I think I will only be running a engel type fridge, some LED light strips and LED flood lights.

Any pics of your set up would be great to see.

Thanks,
Adam.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 17:12

Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 17:12
Merit work best but you may need an adaptor for cig as many accessories come plugged that way.

The Engel will draw a fair current so wire for what, about 15 amp?

A bank of sockets would be handy, mounted closest to where your power take-offs will be to avoid extension leads. Note that if you buy a bank you should check what capacity it has. Many (perhaps all) won't have the capacity to fuel a fridge so you'll need a separate circuit for that.
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 20:08

Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 20:08
Sigmund,

No Engel draws anywhere near 15 Amps.
The 40 litre model draws a max of 2.5A
The 80 litre a maximum of 4.2A

A Merit type socket is the most practical socket to use for any devices under 10A current draw.
Cut the ciggy plugs off all 12v accessories and replace them with Merit plugs.
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 07:21

Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 07:21
Thanks for the correction. Was prob. watts I was thinking of - whatever the fuses are rated in. The point is that many 12v supply devices (ext. leads, splitters) only handle 8 and I'm told this isn't enough for a 40l fridge.
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 07:37

Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 07:37
Why do yo have to have a cig type plug on the Engle cord......... you have a perfectly good plug 1m down the cord at the fridge.

All you are doing is doubling the chance of fault....... we always hard wire fridges from the aux power to the fridge cord.

We prefer anderson type plugs as they are less likely to get damage..... people use cig and merit plugs and they chuck something in the area where the plug is and it gets broken off.
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 09:03

Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 09:03
We've done 3 outback trips and haven't had a problem with the merit connection to the fridge. It's tucked out of the way in the CT and the cord is long enough for the fridge to both run while traveling and be pulled out and sat near the tailgate when camped.
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 08:10

Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 08:10
Hi Adam,

So much stuff (chargers for cameras, torches, phones, ipads, computers, etc etc....) comes standard with cigarette lighter plugs that we've adopted them as our standard. We have three outlets at the back of the Troopy, three more behind the navigator's seat, and more in the trailer. The fridge outlet uses a latching 4 pin ''cannon" style connector - easy to use, won't shake loose, and by paralleling pins will handle 12 amps, far more than the fridge uses. This has worked well for the last 20 years, and I wouldn't change anything - certainly not go chopping cig lighter plugs off, just to fit some alternative to do the same job. The only appliance that does need a decent reliable connection is the fridge.

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Reply By: ahurle - Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 14:39

Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 14:39
Thanks everyone. Do Hella or Narva do a bank of female plugs. I can't seem to find any in their range.
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Follow Up By: ahurle - Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 19:22

Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 19:22
And also, is it advisable to run one lead from the battery pack into a, say 4 plug bank and just plug all appliances into the bank (fridge, led light strips, led flood lights etc)?
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Reply By: mountainman - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 03:07

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 03:07
generaly fridge on one line

lights on another depending on halogen.. sucks the juice..
and led's on another.. as you can leave these on all night, and use stuff all juice.

that way one stuffs up, you dont loose all your power..
and your fridge stays running..if the other two are faulty..

mostly blown fuses, or rusty connections going from one environment to another.
inland to the coast..

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Follow Up By: ahurle - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 12:22

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 12:22
Thanks mountainman.
So instead of installing a bank of female plugs with one lead going back to the battery, I should install seperate female plugs with seperate leads gong back to the battery?
Thanks.
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Follow Up By: mountainman - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 13:20

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 13:20
yes correctamundo.. ha ha
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Follow Up By: Adam H - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 20:31

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 20:31
hi Adam

i have a aluminium box on both sides of my camper. the one that opens into the tent when erected has all my electronics.
Battery
fuse box (Narva)
Main Fuse 80Amp
solar reg Morningstar
and 3 cig sockets and 2 merit on the outside of the of the Aluminium box and a solar input. this works a treat for all the lighting and fridge requirements in the camper and the drifta kitchen. i also have another solar input and a cig and merit sockets on the other side of the camper on the aluminium box for the shower pump and anything else. Just been away for the weekend and worked really well. At this stage dont need any thing else. look about 3 trips to work out exactly what i needed. hope this helps.
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Follow Up By: ahurle - Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 at 09:52

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 at 09:52
Thanks Adam H.
Any chance of some photos?
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