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In bed electronics, canopy lights/usb charge ports

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by a2lowvw, Aug 12, 2022.

  1. Aug 12, 2022 at 10:41 AM
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    a2lowvw

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    Looking for some help and suggestions. I'm looking to put a small switch plate in the bed of my truck to power the 3 light strips in the canopy as well as have a couple usb plugs for charging phones and small electronics. I'm thiking about mounting everything onto the bed rail near the drivers side tail light. Instead of cutting a bluesea plate ( https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Sea-Systems-4365-BSS-Water-Resistant/dp/B07PSGW8R9 ) into the bed of the truck I'd like to find a box to seal off the bottom and sides and be able to mount this onto it, or just swap the componenet onto a junction box and then mount it onto the bed rail.
     
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  2. Aug 16, 2022 at 7:01 AM
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    6 gearT444E

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  3. Aug 16, 2022 at 8:16 AM
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    steveo27 Ask me about my weiner

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    The same shit everyone else has.
    Mine are just mounted right into the bedsides.

    3 down each side. Dielectric grease the shit out of the connectors and they’ve been fine for 5+ years now.


    upload_2022-8-16_11-14-23.jpg

    You could find a plastic waterproof “hobby box” to mount them into if you didn’t want to make holes.
     
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  4. Aug 30, 2022 at 1:09 PM
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    I bought a small case off Amazon.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005473R5E?ie=UTF8

    And put my Blue Sea panel in the lid.
    https://www.bluesea.com/products/43...cket_2x_2.1A_Dual_USB_Chargers_Mini_Voltmeter

    The box came with a gasket and so did the Blue Sea panel. It's been rained on with no problems, but I'm not sure if it's IP68/etc.


    Looks like the current pics don't show a gasket on Amazon. Wouldn't be too hard to add your own or caulk the seam.
     
  5. Aug 30, 2022 at 7:53 PM
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    Did y'all just in-line fuse straight to the main battery or are y'all running something fancier?

    Looking to do the same, but not sure if I need to go BIG with dual battery or whatevs.
     
  6. Aug 30, 2022 at 8:06 PM
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    That depends what you’re doing. A simple, small panel is fine with an inline fuse.

    I have a dedicated fuse box with all of my stuff wired do it, but I have a lot of aftermarket wiring.
     
  7. Aug 30, 2022 at 8:09 PM
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    Yeah, that is a loaded question I suppose. I've been doing a lot of internet research trying to see what I can get by with.

    I've just got some led strip lights in my camper bed and was hoping to setup a USB port for phone charging and such. I guess worst-case scenario I kill the battery once and then work from there!
     
  8. Aug 30, 2022 at 8:19 PM
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    That is the risk, but with the blue sea panel I linked, you can watch your voltage and turn it off before it gets too low, or when not in use
     
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  9. Aug 30, 2022 at 10:06 PM
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    The same shit everyone else has.
    Blue Sea fuse block off the house battery powers all my non-light accessories.
     

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