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Old 08-03-2017, 12:42 AM   #1
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I just installed a Maxxfan 5100K ventilation fan in my 2015 Ram ProMaster City cargo van. I know nothing about electricity so I need help with the wiring. I read that some people have tapped into the wires to a dome light in their vans to power their fans and I was going to do that but couldn't figure out how to take the lens off of the light without breaking it. Then I noticed a 12V power outlet at the bottom corner of the back of the van. This is the type of outlet that looks like a cigarette lighter. I figured this would be a better choice since the wires were easy to get to by simply removing the plastic cover and unplugging the wires from the back of the outlet. The only problem is that the wires from the fan aren't long enough to reach the outlet.
So I went to Hope Depot with a picture of the wires in my phone hoping to buy the same type of wire to make extensions from the fan wires. Printed on the wires it says 16AWG 16 V. I found some primary 16AWG wire at Home Depot but noticed the wire was copper and the wire from my fan is aluminum. I thought that might be a problem and asked the guy who worked there but he didn't have a clue (shocker!).
So my question is can I use this type of wire or not and if not what should I do? They didn't have anything but copper wire at HD.
Thanks in advance!
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