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    How To Charge Toys

    My past experiences with camping goes back 15+ years. All this done with plenty of trunk space for bringing everything but the kitchen sink. We would always select a site with electric. Gotta keep the wife happy. This spring I'll begin camping (one up) with the bike and a cargo trailer. Obviously with down sized equipment. I'm trying to figure out a way to not need electric at the campsite. From researching campgrounds that interest me I find a significant cost savings by selecting sites w/o electric. Small electronic devices seem to last about a day or two before charging is required. How have some of you addressed this. Do you simply charge while in route with a 12V plug on the bike? I will carry GPS, Cell Phone and I-Pad. I was giving some thought to installing a charging port in the trailer for the I-Pad. Your thoughts are appreciated.

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    You didn't mention what type of bike you have, but on my 2010 Wing, I installed a hot socket in the left front farine pocket and I picked up a 3 port bar that I installed in the trunk. That gives me 4 cig lighter ports that I can plug items into for charging. I have them wire to a keyed fuse so that I don't forget and leave something draining my battery when I get off the bike.


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    Simply "charge while in route" is how I do it. I ran a power outlet to the trunk of my Goldwing and take turns powering my phone and tablet during the day and night, as needed. Works great for me.

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    Re: How To Charge Toys

    Some of the primitive campsites might have a electrical outlet in a washroom that you can use while monitoring that nobody makes off with your device(s) while it/they are charging.

    Quite often I'll stop in at a Mickey D's to jump on the internet while I'm touring



    and some (not all by any means) provide an electrical outlet by the table that you can use to recharge

    I mostly just use one of the 4 12 volt outlets (1 on my dash, 1 in the left fairing pocket and a double in my trunk) I have wired into my bike (1 wired 'Hot' directly to the battery with a 30 amp in-line fuse while the rest are tripped by a 40 amp relay to be hot when the ignition is turned on) for that purpose and a 100 watt power inverter to charge things up while I ride. I also have a 12V DC charger for my netbook that seems to charge it quicker than when using the inverter.
    I have my GPS hardwired to the bike.






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    Thanks for the good advice. Sorry for not mentioning the type of bike. I need to update my Signature Line. We have an 05 Yamaha 1700 Roadstar. I have both hard and leather bags and do swap them out from time to time. With that in mind I'd probably put a double plug behind the windshield wired (w/fuse) to the battery and another in the trailer that would be switched on/off with the running lights.
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    Re: How To Charge Toys

    They have little power backs/ battery packs now that are rechargable and you can plug it in to charge all your little USB devices. I have one and have found it to be very convenient.

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    Re: How To Charge Toys

    I have the same trailer as you do. I charge on the road. Your phone can charge on the bike without the bike running without any problems to your bike battery so I have one of my 12 volt outlets wired directly (fused) to the battery.

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    Re: How To Charge Toys

    think about a solar panel. Just a thought. Zipp

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    I added a Powerlet outlet to run my GPS and other electronics but when I got a iphone 5 they didn't have a cable for it so I installed a heavy duty 2 port USB socket that can charge about anything.
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    Re: How To Charge Toys

    Solar is also interesting but from what I've read it always rains when camping. All great ideas. Now I have something to do while waiting for the snow to melt.

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