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    Posted: 06 Jul 2011 at 6:14pm
Just wanted to share a quick and easy mod I completed last night.  2010 172 BTW. 
 
I am not a big on mods and what not, but the issue I had was that I wanted to be able to watch TV/DVD/listen to the radio in campgrounds with no hook-ups late at night (so I would not have to run my generator). 
 
so...I bought a tiny 150watt inverter, a 12v receptacle (no the wall mount type, a simple 12v female plug with 2 wires off it, complete with cap for when not in use).  I did not even need to cut into the wood to access the 12v lines.  I tapped off the light above the stove, whose wires can be accessed by unscrewing the 4 phillips head screws holding in the light.  The 12v receptacle wires can be routed through the factory hole already existing for the TV's Plug/Coax cable. 
 
That's it, the inverter sits in the cabinent above the stove and now powers the TV combo perfectly!  
 
FYI, i opted not to buy a pure sine wave inverter, i bought a mod sine wave Wagan for 27 bucks. 
 
150 continuous/300peak.  Although i believe the TV combo probably is using only around 60-80 watts. 
 
 
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Good idea.  I was always disappointed by the fact that the radio was inoperable in DC-only mod while dry-camping.  It's not like that on my other camper.
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Hey Jmalys could you post pictures of your mod.
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I followed this idea as I am "borrowing" an R-pod for a work situation and did not want to do a major mod I could not easily reverse.  I have some pictures but they came out kind of dark.  In this pic you can see the 12VDC female plug I got at ACE Hardware and wired into the light over the sink.  I then plug the inverter into the female 12VDC plug.  Then I plug the 2 prong TV plug into the inverter and switch it on.  I ran some jumper wires to the light from the female 12VDC plug as the existing plug wires were not long enough to reach the light. Again this is a temp setup.  If this were my trailer I would mount the inverter to a solid surface and hide all the wiring. This setup sits in the cupboard above the stove. So far I can watch 2.5 movies before the battery is depleted, so around 6 hours.  The DVD/Radio does not seem to use much power.  The bathroom fan and the furnace fan however seem to kill the battery in about 30-40 min which seems laughable.  I guess R-Pod figures you will run a generator or always have shore power.
 
In this very artistic drawing I actually reversed the positions of the male and female 12VDC plugs.  The female end comes from the light, the male from the inverter.
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