Another in the series of renovations and upgrades that made it possible for me to go full time in my travel trailer.
As I originally intended to sleep in the bottom bunk and use the top one for guests, I realized there was a need for each to have its own smartphone charging station, so I got two more of the double units, one USB and one bayonet model in a single set.
As in the foredeck installations, I used the faceplate/escutcheon as a template to position the holes for the three outlets.
Here you can see the faceplate screwed in position after I cut out the holes with a 1-inch drill bit and my cordless drill driver.
The three separate outlets — a double (2.1 and 5 a) USB charger, a bayonet-style charger, and a battery monitor readout) — are wired, to make sure I have left enough wire to tie the more distant chargers into.
I have two bunks in the rear of the trailer, and wanted to be able to have a charging station in each, so the sleeping person could keep their phone nearby while charging.
I used to collect old boxes and really wanted to keep some with me, so I used two old small codfish boxes as charger housings. Inside would hide the wiring behind the sliding top (mounted sideways on the wall), and phones can be laid on top of the box while owners sleep.
This view shows the sliding top closed and hiding interior wire mess, while charging port is still accessible to the left, with its cover in place.
I drilled two small holes in the side (now the top) of the box, to run the power wires up the wall.
From there, I ran them around the corner and along the top of the bathroom door. Later, I would cover them will plastic wire cover sold at a nearby home center to make them attractive visually, and neat-looking.
Here, the wires come down the other side. Again, these will later be hidden with attractive cover tubes.
From there, they run down the wall to the top of the bathroom vanity.
I drilled one larger hole to accommodate both wires. This, too, would later get covered for a finished look.
From there, the wires ran along the inside top of the vanity and I brought them through a hole into the pantry, down the left inside wall, and into a dead space beneath the pantry shelving unit.
After I replaced the kickboard at the bottom, all the wiring would be hidden except where they went in and where they emerge.
You can see here where they emerge. Since the pantry is almost always closed, I didn’t bother covering there, but did make sure they’re tacked solidly so they don’t interfere with the drawers opening and closing.
I used a labelmaker to create little tags for all the new wires I ran during the remodel, including these, so I’d know later what was what. I ran the new black ones (ground) to the terminal bar on the floor, then the red ones to the breaker panel.
This view shows the breaker panel fully wired and ready to be replaced. I underestimated the amount of wire I needed, so it was close, having enough to reach the unfastened breaker panel and still giving me room to work — a real squeaker, but I did it! I must add that I did all this work at a time when it was about 95° and 90% humidity, which made it a disgusting, sweaty, dirty job. Ugh.
Here’s the cluster, wired and screwed in place with retainer nuts. The two 12V outlets both have covers, so they look nice and neat when not in use. The area below is where the microwave goes, so I just ran those wires along the left-hand side inside, where they won’t be seen.
I made sure to update the breaker panel labeling.
Ta-daaaaa! All powered up and working! I was pretty proud because this was my first-ever 12v wiring job. It’s pretty much like 110v, but a first-time anything is always a little nervous-making.