Anyone modded or done anything unique with their ashtray?

Anyone modded or done anything unique with their ashtray?

Postby SportsBoy [OP] » March 20th 2021, 9:09pm

The ashtray in our van is unused. Has anyone done anything unique or helpful with their ashtray, or removed the ashtray and replaced it with something?

It just feels like a waste in a tiny camper where every bit of space counts - I'm hoping there might be some good ideas out there!

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Re: Anyone modded or done anything unique with their ashtray

Postby Rod's Trucks » March 21st 2021, 12:52am

Well, since you asked; Yes, I have.
I installed two low profile rocker switches, in the ash tray, on a piece of acrylic. The wires come out through a hole drilled in the back and go to a terminal strip for future connections.
One switch is planned for an 'anti-theft' kill switch ( not yet connected) . The other has no specific application, so is a 'spare' for now. It might get used for controlling a relay for a fog light or one of those obnoxious overhead LED light bars if I ever decide to install a proper rack to which I can mount it.


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Re: Anyone modded or done anything unique with their ashtray

Postby icebrrg3rd » March 21st 2021, 6:51pm

Oooo, I like that anti-theft kill switch location, who'd think to look in there? Now I'm pondering what James Bond type of devices I could control from my ashtray switches...

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Re: Anyone modded or done anything unique with their ashtray

Postby SportsBoy [OP] » March 22nd 2021, 3:14pm

That certainly is an interesting idea - thanks for sharing Rod
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Re: Anyone modded or done anything unique with their ashtray

Postby markmitch » March 22nd 2021, 5:57pm

fuel shutoff could be put in the ask tray.
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Re: Anyone modded or done anything unique with their ashtray

Postby BPACH » March 22nd 2021, 7:42pm

I was thinking of putting a false bottom in it for a place to hide credit cards and stuff.
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Re: Anyone modded or done anything unique with their ashtray

Postby Rod's Trucks » March 22nd 2021, 8:09pm

Another idea...make the second switch turn on a siren!
If the perp hits the wrong one, he gets a siren instead!
Or put an obvious ( dummy) switch on the dash, that is mis-labelled 'FUEL' or 'IGNITION', but makes use of a DPDT switch, such that if switched, it cuts off the fuel pump and starts a siren! If you have an auxiliary battery the alarm could be powered from that, so if a main battery cable was cut, the alarm/siren would still be powered.
There are many other ways to really mess with a perps head!
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Re: Anyone modded or done anything unique with their ashtray

Postby WinnieVan » March 22nd 2021, 9:09pm

haha I love how you think Rod.

That's a sweet application.
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Re: Anyone modded or done anything unique with their ashtray

Postby AstroWill » March 24th 2021, 6:19am

Rod's Trucks wrote:One switch is planned for an 'anti-theft' kill switch ( not yet connected).


This has me thinking of a switch at the back that disables the starter, would be hidden and you would just have to pull out the ash tray a bit for the starter to be enabled. Would be a pretty stealthy way to add a small hurdle for a would be thief.

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Re: Anyone modded or done anything unique with their ashtray

Postby bigt20to7 » June 3rd 2021, 10:19pm

That's an awesome idea. Think I will use mine to hide all the added(or soon to be added) switches for interior lights. Was thinking it's pointless, but this will save me from making and mounting a switch panel.
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Re: Anyone modded or done anything unique with their ashtray

Postby macsveen » July 22nd 2021, 2:29am

I use mine as a business card holder. They fit perfectly.
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Re: Anyone modded or done anything unique with their ashtray

Postby CopperFiremistCopperFiremist is online! » July 22nd 2021, 4:24am

I used to stash tow truck money in mine. :rofl:
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