Looking for a small mountable plug/socket

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I have ordered a second wheel carrier for our solo, single vehicle, remote desert and cross country trips we are expecting to do in the coming years. The first being a solo Madigan Line drive this year. Just a bit more insurance. The carrier will need to hold the number plate as well. Thus it will need wiring to run the light. I have been searching for a mountable, water and dust resistant plug and socket pair so that when not in use the second tyre and carrier can be easily removed and the number plate moved back to the bar. I don't like connectors or wiring flapping around and won't just use tape.

I found a small version of the Anderson connectors but they are for power poles and I am finding it difficult to see how the "socket" side can be mounted. I could use the old bullet shaped Utilux crimp style but they don't have a mount that I know of.

Open to suggestions from you wise and knowledgeable mob.
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Reply By: Louwai - Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 11:59

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 11:59
If you are only talking about a low amp numberplate light.......What about using a non-auto plug & socket?? Many music undustry & others are well capable of operating with 12v low amps. You could have a supply cable running up inside your wheel carrier arm, with a 'bulkhead' mount sealable socket.
Put the corrosponding plug onto numberplate light cable. Would be no bouncing around as the bulkhead mount would be solid.

Or a HELLA 2-pin plug that will screw into the bulkhead socket. When not in use you can screw a dust cap onto the socket.

What about an XLR plug & socket??

Or a good quality RCA plug & socket?? I have been using both XLR & RCA regularly for several yrs on low amp 12v situations with no issues.





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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 13:33

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 13:33
I have been out of the "game" for too long. I have a few XLR pairs in the train layout that may work.

But the connection will be back at the rear bar. I need to be able to remove the whole carrier so no long leeds up the metalwork.

But lets see what the others say. The XLR socket has to be water, dust and mud tollerant if it's down on the rear bar.

Thanks
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Follow Up By: Louwai - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 15:56

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 15:56
Rather than the XLR, what about an RCA. They can be "squashed" to create a very tight connection & still be unplugged easily. Buried in mud sand or water wouldn't matter.

You could have the cable hidden inside the swing-arm with RCA bulkhead socket, and the supply cable under the rear of the vehicle would just plug into the base of the swing-arm. When not in use, you could have a dummy RCA socket unter the rear of the vehicle for the loose end.

If you need to unplug at the top of the swing-arm, just install a 2nd bulkhead socket & plug onto the cable up there.

All cable would be hidden inside the swing-arm except for the short bit going from the top of the swing-arm across to the number plate light.
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Follow Up By: Louwai - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 16:07

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 16:07
These are the type & quality of RCA that I use. Have had no issues.
http://www.pacificcable.com/Picture_Page.asp?DataName=RCA-6027RWS

RCA Bulkhead connector
http://fr.aliexpress.com/promotion/promotion_rca-bulkhead-connector-promotion.html


Male RCA dust / dirt caps for female sockets.
http://www.hificollective.co.uk/accessories/yarbo-rca-caps.html

I'm not suggesting you buy from these places. The links are just to show you what I'm thinking of...

Cheers, Bryan
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 12:49

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 12:49
These Hella plugs/sockets might be what you need, Phil. From Hella Marine catalogue, and also available from Whitworths.




They are rated at 22amp @ 12v. Socket is only 31mm high(plug is 37mm long) so would be quite unobtrusive when you had the spare tyre mount off.

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 20:21

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 20:21
Still slow internet at 0.4 Thanks Bob. I will put them in the pot.
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Reply By: Member - Tony H (touring oz) - Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 12:52

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 12:52
What about a 'merit' plug?
http://www.ozautoelectrics.com/accessory-plugs-and-sockets/merit-plugs-merit-sockets.html
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 13:15

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 13:15
Thanks for that link, Tony.

Think they might have a new customer! :-)

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Follow Up By: TomH - Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 14:09

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 14:09
Those plugs are cheaper at Jaycar and this one may be even better as they are waterproof

http://www.jaycar.com.au/search?text=pp2110&CSRFToken=0943a5cd-86c9-4b00-aa3c-bd225fc4e442
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 20:24

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 20:24
Still slow internet at 0.4 Thanks Tony - A bit big. I would like them to be as insignificant as possible.

Tom Your link didn't work out mate.
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Follow Up By: TomH - Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 21:16

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 21:16
Copy and paste it then It works for me when I just click on it

Otherwise go to Jaycar.com.au and type PP2110 in the search box top right
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 22:26

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 22:26
Got them. We have extremely slow internet at 0.4 Mb. Took ages to get the components shown. Good connector but no way of mounting it. I will keep it in mind.

Thanks Tom
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Follow Up By: Member - Ed C (QLD) - Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 14:16

Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 14:16
Have you considered Mountable Cable Ties ?

Shiploads of Cable Tie Mounts on ebay

Plenty of options there, and it shouldn't be difficult to find something compatible with the connector of your choice...


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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 14:26

Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 14:26
Yes Ed. It's just the connection that I wanted to be tidy, secure and weather/dust proof. Making the wiring secure isn't a problem.
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Reply By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 16:19

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 16:19
A word. My download at 0.3Mb Very slow. Took 30 minutes to get to this thread. I will answer all later. Can't get to any links att. Telstra working (!!!! Joke) on it since 14 Feb

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Follow Up By: Bigfish - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 07:03

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 07:03
As a recently retired Telstra tech who used to work in the field on issues such as your line speed, I say ..typical. Telstra does not allow its techs to do a complete job. Quantity over quality is the order of the day. No maintenance of the network is a recipe for disaster. Many of the old time guys, like myself, would ignore the telstras managers and get your service fixed 1005. The younger , newer guys cant take the pressure and crap from management so do a rush job that more often than not is of no value to the customer.
Make sure you let Telstra know you want a rebate on the line rental/plan cost...

Just to make you happy the current ceo of Telstra with all his perks and monies is on around $4000.00 an hour..no joke!!!
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 08:06

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 08:06
Gave them a zero, big fat "0", in the feedback. Five visits to change pairs and each one said they measure a high AC voltage on the whole cable. 5 others around us the same.

I am a bit OT so I will finish with this. I only mentioned it to let my friendly posters that I may be late getting back to them. Still can't get Ookla to load up this AM. Can't stand people who ask a question and disappear for days.
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Reply By: vk1dx - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 23:18

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 23:18
Finally got the internet to work again.

Thanks all
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