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Here I’ll show you the pop up power point I installed in our Jayco Swan camper trailer.
This came in at number 33 on the list of the 35 Most Popular Jayco Camper Trailer Modifications…
…so I’ll also give you my review:
Is it a piece of junk… or is it something I’d buy again?
Let’s get started:
Why I bought a pop up power point for our Jayco Swan
There’s a power point at the front of our Swan which is readily accessible.
But the one at the rear is right back inside a cupboard?
Hard to get to without bending and twisting…
…and it meant we couldn’t plug anything in without keeping the door open
[not exactly toddler-friendly]
So when I saw this come up on the list of top modifications?
Straight onto eBay.
[It cost about $40 delivered… looks like postage price has gone up at the moment because of COVID-19]
First impressions of the pop up power point
When it arrived and I opened it, the first thing I thought was:
“it’s not as light as I thought”
[it’s not heavy, it just doesn’t feel flimsy]
For some reason I thought the top had a button that you push and it magically pops up.
Nope, you pull it up.
That’s okay – the mechanism to pull it up seems to be less likely to break!
Also… straight away I could see that installation would be EASY:
- It has a collar that screws up from the bottom to hold it in place
- It’s like a power board, and doesn’t need any wiring
[it just plugs straight into a power point]
Installation of the pop up power point in our Jayco Swan
There was already a hole in the bench top. The pop up power point DID fit in this, but:
- I needed the hole for our TV 12V lead
- The antenna plug was in the way
So I chose this spot, and drilled a hole using a 64 mm holesaw:
[same kit I bought for our Jayco Swan Diesel Heater Installation]
Once I drilled this hole, it was simply a case of:
- Unscrewing the collar
- Dropping the power point into the hole
- Doing up the collar
- Plugging it in
Seriously, that was it.
But what if there no was power point in the cupboard to plug it into?
The lead it came with was long enough to run behind the cupboard and plug it into the main power outlet under the couch
This is what it looks like when installed:
And when it’s popped up:
The good news is that when you’re pulling it up and pushing it back down it feels solid:
It doesn’t feel like it’s going to break easily.
How much space does a pop up power point take up when it’s down?
I would have preferred it to be in the back corner of the cupboard, but we already had these USB plugs in the way:
So I had to move it more to the front.
Here you can see exactly how much space it takes up in our van:
[This didn’t matter for us as it’s only the cupboard we store our dustpan and cleaning supplies]
Summary: My review of the pop up power point
I’m glad I installed a pop up power point in our Jayco Swan camper trailer:
It was cheap, easy to install, and makes the far end of our caravan that much more user friendly.
I got mine here on eBay for around $40, and would definitely buy another one again
(even if they do cost a little more now)
My thoughts are this:
It’s only number 33 on the list of the most popular modifications because not many people have seen it yet!
Comment below if you have any questions. Otherwise, check out the list that gave me the idea in the first place: