Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-27-2011, 12:44 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Winslow, AZ
Posts: 10
Default 12 Volt Socket(s)?

Getting to know the new FF 189FDS. We got home at 21:30 last night and were puttering until 01:30 this morning. Back up at 5:00 to get acquainted.

We now understand that there is no AC without an external AC source, hence no TV - no problem. How about 12V sockets (aka cigarette lighter sockets?), are there any hidden anywhere in our new home away from home?

Thanks,
__________________

__________________
Fran & Nanette McQ
McQz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2011, 07:03 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Glen Allen, VA
Posts: 105
Default 12v sockets

Nope, no 12v sockets in mine anyway. An inverter is required to run 120v appliances off a 12v system. HOWEVER, the FF189 battery will lose charge very quickly if you run more than, say, a laptop from an inverter.
__________________

__________________
2009 FF X-189 FDS
2011 Chevrolet Z-71 LTZ 4X4 p/u.
Reese WD hitch
Patient and understanding wife
dlhilliard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2011, 10:00 AM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Winslow, AZ
Posts: 10
Default

Thanks for the reply.

We know better than to try to run things off an inverter on a battery, except in an absolute short-term emergency. However, it would be nice to be able to charge phones, laptops, and run a 2nd dreading light at the head of the bed! What were they thinking putting both reading lights on one side of the bed - at the head and foot? Looking for a small nice looking clip-on lamp for my side of the bed...
__________________
Fran & Nanette McQ
McQz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2011, 10:03 AM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Winslow, AZ
Posts: 10
Default

Thanks for the reply.

We know better than to try to run things off an inverter on a battery, except in an absolute short-term emergency. However, it would be nice to be able to charge phones, laptops, and run a 2nd dreading light at the head of the bed! What were they thinking putting both reading lights on one side of the bed - at the head and foot? Looking for a small nice looking clip-on lamp for my side of the bed...
__________________
Fran & Nanette McQ
McQz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2011, 01:32 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Glen Allen, VA
Posts: 105
Default 12 v socket

Obviously, they intended for us to sleep head-to-foot. My wife objects.[img] [/img]
__________________
2009 FF X-189 FDS
2011 Chevrolet Z-71 LTZ 4X4 p/u.
Reese WD hitch
Patient and understanding wife
dlhilliard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011, 07:12 AM   #6
sbb
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: NJ
Posts: 50
Default

I had a 12V socket put in above my TV. I also had the radio dvd combo disconnected, it didn't work very well and I didn't like the fact it had the light on all the time using up my battery.

So far my solar panel has done a nice job keeping the battery charged. The next two weekends will be ultimate test of my boondocking. I have practised boondocking in the driveway, and we certainly were doing fantastic over Memorial Day (until our battery disconnect issue). ///i charge phone in car and used 12v for finishing a movie and using a fan if needed.
__________________
sbb- Jersey Girl
2008 Chevy Suburban
2010 FunFinder X 189FDS
50 Watt Solar Panel
36 Nights Out 2011
sbb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011, 02:18 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Glen Allen, VA
Posts: 105
Default 12v socket

SBB, what do you use the 12v socket for? The fan? Also, is the solar panel permanently mounted on the roof? Where? I'm thinking about a solar panel for my FF.
__________________
2009 FF X-189 FDS
2011 Chevrolet Z-71 LTZ 4X4 p/u.
Reese WD hitch
Patient and understanding wife
dlhilliard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011, 03:49 PM   #8
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Winslow, AZ
Posts: 10
Default

I'm planning on adding a 110V outlet at the head end of the bed and installing an un-switched 12V cigarette lighter outlet right next to it. This would permit using a clip-on light of either persuasion when reading in bed, which we do a lot. It would also be a convenient place to recharge phones, which would place a negligible drain on the double marine batteries.
__________________
Fran & Nanette McQ
McQz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011, 04:06 PM   #9
sbb
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: NJ
Posts: 50
Default

My previous trailers were a teardrop and T@B, which had 12 volt sockets. I spend about 90 nights a year boondocking for my work. I would use it for dvd player, phone> charge, etc. I like to be somewhat prepared. I have a couple 12 volt appliances.

So far so good with solar panel, 50 watt. it is mounted on roof, on side front over bed/closet area. So far I have been very pleased with it. I like to run fan all night, and I need the battery to last four nights. I have a monitor for panel mounted alongside fridge. In the am it might go down to 12.3, but then in AM it goes back up to 13. 7 or 8. I have the kind of setup that shutsoff so it protects my battery. I am not a techie at all.
__________________
sbb- Jersey Girl
2008 Chevy Suburban
2010 FunFinder X 189FDS
50 Watt Solar Panel
36 Nights Out 2011
sbb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011, 05:53 PM   #10
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Winslow, AZ
Posts: 10
Default

If you're not a techie, who set you up with the solar rig?
__________________
Fran & Nanette McQ
McQz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011, 06:06 PM   #11
sbb
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: NJ
Posts: 50
Default

My awesome dealer, Indian Valley in PA. I know what I want, but they wire and do it. I redecorated it to a Summer Cottage look from original brown, that I can do.
__________________
sbb- Jersey Girl
2008 Chevy Suburban
2010 FunFinder X 189FDS
50 Watt Solar Panel
36 Nights Out 2011
sbb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011, 07:32 PM   #12
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Winslow, AZ
Posts: 10
Default

Thanks Jerseygirl,
That would be a little far for us to travel for service, we're in Winslow, AZ!
Our nearest dealer is 200 miles away in Phoenix and we don't really know much about him except that he gave us a good deal and has a good business reputation.
__________________
Fran & Nanette McQ
McQz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2011, 12:04 PM   #13
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Page AZ
Posts: 60
Default Re: 12 Volt Socket(s)?

Quote:
Originally Posted by McQz
Getting to know the new FF 189FDS. We got home at 21:30 last night and were puttering until 01:30 this morning. Back up at 5:00 to get acquainted.

We now understand that there is no AC without an external AC source, hence no TV - no problem. How about 12V sockets (aka cigarette lighter sockets?), are there any hidden anywhere in our new home away from home?

Thanks,
Yes I have one over my TV , AC & DC 2011 189 FDS
__________________

Megabusa is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Fun Finder RV, Cruiser RV, or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:26 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×