How to - 12v External socket/power point

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Kool Kroozer, May 2, 2016.

  1. Kool Kroozer

    Kool Kroozer Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2014
    Messages:
    1,036
    Likes Received:
    1,686
    Location:
    Cannock Staffordshire
    As the heading states, any idea of what/where and how i can get to fit some sort of 12v external power point to the outside of the MH (a little like the EHU Point) Why you ask, well we do tend to do a lot of wild camping and even though we have 100ltr fresh water on board i always carry a couple of 20ltr water containers and its a little bit of a ball ache lugging these around to tip into the fresh tank when its nearly run dry... so the plan is to buy a little 12v pump (doesnt have to be submersibble - but i know nowt about them anyway) and attach a pipe into the 20ltr container and the other into our fresh water tank and have some sort of 12v socket point on the outside of the van near to our water flap would be great and really convenient - only sensible answers please :D:D
     
  2. John Laidler

    John Laidler Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2013
    Messages:
    8,563
    Likes Received:
    11,531
    Location:
    Plympton, Devon
  3. ****

    **** Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2016
    Messages:
    834
    Likes Received:
    463
    First link looks nice 2nd looks like a sex toy. :LOL:

    OP. His first with a fag lighter socket in it but look at ones for motorbikes as they tend to be waterproof and have a cap.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  4. tonka

    tonka Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2008
    Messages:
    5,321
    Likes Received:
    7,575
    Location:
    Cannock, Staffs or Benidorm, spain
    I had similar issue.. Just bought a 10ltr container. Lot more manageable :)
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  5. John Laidler

    John Laidler Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2013
    Messages:
    8,563
    Likes Received:
    11,531
    Location:
    Plympton, Devon
    And a funnel.

    PS: I deleted my post when I realised the pump is the wrong sort - it is turned on (!) by microswitches in the caravan tap.
     
  6. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    26,414
    Likes Received:
    25,063
    Location:
    Macclesfield
    For so little use get a 12V extension lead then nothing to leak outside.

    Or do the job properly with a combined water/power connector I've seen for caravans.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  7. NickNic

    NickNic Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2014
    Messages:
    5,425
    Likes Received:
    11,089
    Location:
    Kettering
    We have a pump with a long enough lead to reach through the kitchen window and plug in there. That's probably the simplest solution.

    I have seen vans with a little 2 pin socket next to the water inlet so you can plug the pump in there.

    It would be straightforward enough to fit one I suppose as long as you can find a route for the cables inside the van and also get to the wall at that point on the inside.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. Lenny HB

    Lenny HB Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2007
    Messages:
    5,212
    Likes Received:
    5,002
    Location:
    West Sussex
    We only have a small water tank (100 Lt) so we carry 2 x 20Lt containers in the garage and I use a small submersible pump to pump the water into the main tank. I fitted a right angled Hella socket on the garage roof next to one of the lights and as it was only a small pump taking about 2 amps I wired the socket into the light's circuit.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  9. irnbru

    irnbru Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Messages:
    5,311
    Likes Received:
    9,588
    Location:
    Glasgow
    @andy63 has one of them fitted on his mh and is fitting one on mine when I remember where I put the damn thing.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Funny Funny x 1
  10. andy63

    andy63 Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2014
    Messages:
    1,843
    Likes Received:
    6,397
    Location:
    south shields
    Haha I'd forgotten about that and had the gear with me to do the job... I'm sure you won't let me forget when you find it lol..
    As has been said they don't get used that often but find it handy now and then... The proper waterproof ones arnt cheap either
    .. and mine are the din type socket.. think some people refere to them as hella. .
    The socket with cover..
    20160502_133422.jpg

    The type plug that fits it...
    20160502_133705.jpg
    Ta andy..
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  11. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    28,934
    Likes Received:
    25,574
    Location:
    .
    Also have a pump to fill from an aquaroll .. it has long lead to reach the cab 12v socket .. sorted
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  12. Lenny HB

    Lenny HB Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2007
    Messages:
    5,212
    Likes Received:
    5,002
    Location:
    West Sussex
    Here is mine.

    IMG_20160502_144838.jpg

    IMG_20160502_145027.jpg
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  13. berni109

    berni109 Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2012
    Messages:
    293
    Likes Received:
    248
    Location:
    worcester
  14. NickNic

    NickNic Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2014
    Messages:
    5,425
    Likes Received:
    11,089
    Location:
    Kettering
    I bought one of those sockets to do something similar about a year and a half ago.

    It's still in the garage it the packet :D:rolleyes::whistle:
     
    • Funny Funny x 2
  15. Kool Kroozer

    Kool Kroozer Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2014
    Messages:
    1,036
    Likes Received:
    1,686
    Location:
    Cannock Staffordshire
    Where did you get that submerssible one from Lennie ?
     
  16. NickNic

    NickNic Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2014
    Messages:
    5,425
    Likes Received:
    11,089
    Location:
    Kettering
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  17. Lenny HB

    Lenny HB Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2007
    Messages:
    5,212
    Likes Received:
    5,002
    Location:
    West Sussex
    The pump & the dual silicon sleeving was just something in my rummage bins in the garage, the pump is from the Comet range, nice and small fits in any water container.

    Here are some on ebay.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  18. tonyidle

    tonyidle Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2013
    Messages:
    2,863
    Likes Received:
    2,682
    Location:
    Kendal, Cumbria
    I have exactly that system with permanent 12v to the socket.
     
Loading...

Share This Page