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Charles Coushaine, Punta Gorda, Florida
RV USB Charging Station
2001 Ford F350
2012 Chalet DS116RB
The lighting in our dinette slide was very poor and did not provide any USB charging ports. The design of the new light is to incorporate the original ambient light while adding two aim-able task lights and four high power USB charging ports – all of which can be controlled independently.
Using oak, I carefully cut two pieces of wood to form the shape of the desired charging station including two new aim-able lights.
These boards were then spaced apart about 6-inches with five wooden spindles. This formed a platform to hold phones while charging.
I then glued-up and cut some wood to form a holder for the two USB chargers and an on/off switch. This was then cut at a 45-degree angle to provide optimum viewing when installed.
After assembled, the station was stained and given multiple coats of polyurethane. Once complete, the station was installed into the top of my dinette slide where the original light was mounted.
This mod has worked out spectacular! My wife loves the additional brighter aim-able task lights for reading and the new USB charging ports.
We added a very soft rubber pad to the platform and this holds everything securely in place during charging. Staying connected to our kids with charged devices allows us to travel and boondock with less worries, and has made traveling more enjoyable!
It took me 20-hours to complete this modification and cost me $100. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is medium.
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