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Old 03-14-2014, 08:26 PM   #1
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Question Need to find an ignition-controlled 12 volt source

I just bought a 2006 Voyage 33-V, and I am trying find the best (easiest) place to pick up a 12 volt source that is controlled by the ignition. Does anyone have any ideas?

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Old 03-14-2014, 09:24 PM   #2
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I'm sure I dont understand, but a battery is such a thing, as are some 12-V outlets.

How can I help?
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:40 PM   #3
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CampDaven,

What I am looking for is a 12 volt lead that is only live when the ignition is on. I already have found several that are always live.

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Old 03-14-2014, 09:43 PM   #4
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Something is not hot without the key on. How about the radio, or the backup cam? Will the added device require much power/ current? Would not be good to blow fuses.
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Old 03-14-2014, 10:11 PM   #5
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Our Newmar has a fuse block inside on the firewall above the drivers left foot area. Extra blanks on the always hot, and key on only sides. You just add the size fuse you want and plug in a wire with spade connector. Very easy if you can lay on your back and twist like a salamander.This block is fed by a wire the size of a Honda fit battery cable. So you have a lot of amps to play with. I have a 400 amp sub running on the always hot side, which is a fair load, and some under dash red LED mode lights running on the keyed only side, which is no load at all. And no trouble at all.
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Old 03-15-2014, 12:54 AM   #6
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Switched power on the key is usually found inside the dash and/or the under dash fuse panel.

I think I see a Workhorse logo on the side of your '06 Voyage from your blog...

So the dash "should" have a cigar lighter jack or 2. At least 1 will probably be keyed...easy to test with a cell phone charger or similar device.

It is very easy to tap into the rear of these outlets, and since they are dedicated, you will know exactly how much draw you are placing on the circuit. Plus they are often already fused at 20amps for folks that actually use the cigar lighter.

The center wire is 12VDC and the outer edge is common or ground.

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Thanks for the responses. I just discovered the dash lifts up so I can do some exploring in comfort. And there is a fuse block under there. I'll be okay or I'll be back.

The project I am wiring is a front camera. My wife discovered there is a blind area the first 5 - 10 feet in front of the coach and is afraid of runner over little urchins -- too much paperwork. Hence the camera. I have to admit it works a treat.

Scarab0088 - Thanks for taking the time to visit the website. I hope you enjoyed it. You're right, it is a Workhorse. That's one of the reasons I bought this coach - I love the Vortec 8.1 engine.
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:41 AM   #9
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On the fuze block check for a fuse labeled "Step Alarm". It is connected to the run terminal on the ignition switch and goes to several things.
The step control board to retract the step when the key is on
The back up camera
The AUX START solenoid that connects the alternator/engine battery to the house batteries.
And if you have the MotorAid option with rear heater, the AUX heat fan
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AggieDad, The fuse Clay L spoke of above connects to wire number KE.
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Thumbs up Super!

Thanks for the additional information. I will be back on that after our shakedown. Right now it is temporarily on a 12 volt plug.
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Old 03-15-2014, 04:37 PM   #12
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wiring code red is hot at all times pink is hot when key is on for GM any ways most stay with that
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