12v socket in rear of van

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  1. Hillbum

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    I have a need for a 12v socket above our fixed bed.
    There are 2 12v lights above, would it be simple enough to take a feed off one of these?
    If I have to take the feed from the leisure battery and thread a cable it will mean going behind a fixed fridge/freezer.
     
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    taking a supply off the lights may overload the wiring depending what you intend using it for.

    better to run a new supply if possible and fit a 10 or 15amp fuse
     
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    I'm with pappajohn. The lighting circuit is fuse rated/protected for the lighting load. Much better to do as suggested and fit a new fused supply.
     
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    theres a couple of reasons not to draw power from a lighting circuit. most importantly you need thicker cable to carry the current. running a long length of thin wire will introduce a voltage drop as well due to resistance in the wire

    it may seem harder to run separately fused cables from the battery for a 12v accessory socket, but it needs to be done that way
     
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    Could you not run another feed from an unused position in your fuse box, or from an existing 12v socket circuit? In mine it would be simple as all the electrics are directly beneath the bed.
     
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    Thanks

    Thanks for replies. I suspected that I would have to find a way to route a new fused cable. It is for use with a CPAP machine (breathing device) so it needs o be a reliable supply.
     
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    Couldn't you take the vent covers, for the fridge, off the outside and run the cabling past it in that way instead of pulling the unit out?

    Alternatively, wouldn't a dedicated UPS be a better, simpler option if the supply you require is for medical equipment?
     
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