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It’s a lot easier than you might think. I show you how I did it in this video:
When we were reviewing the Winnebago Travato 59k recently, I was impressed by the number of USB outlets they built in. I think it was 9 of them. Then I compared that to the number of USB outlets built into our current RV, Das Bus. Uh… Zero.
I don’t like losing any contest by a factor of infinity, so I set out to see how I could rectify that. Besides the tools I had in my shop, I only had to buy four things, and I got them all for about $30 combined. They were:
- Magnadyne’s Wall Mount RV USB Dual Port Charging Station
- An inline fuse holder
- A 10 amp fuse
- A wallplate
Once I had those, it was just some very simple 12 volt surgery, and now Das Bus is rolling with two, hard-wired USB outlets that can each put out enough amps to charge an iPad. The Travato 59k still has me beat by 450%, but that’s better than infinity.
Now, if cutting into your RV walls seems like too much for you, you could always take the easy approach and go for something like this:
But, as I explain in the video, I’m not too crazy about those because they take up your 12 volt outlet (meaning, you can’t plug anything else in then), and many of them have limited charging capacity (but actually, the one in the picture and link would be OK). This solution DOES get you USB charging capability when you’re off the grid.
Anyway, enjoy the video. It really was pretty simple to do, and hopefully you’ll be inspired to try it yourself. And if you’ve got any questions, ask away in the comments!