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Need Help With Inverter Install

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by tb99trd, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. Aug 22, 2011 at 10:45 AM
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    tb99trd

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    The girl and her best friend are going on a long road trip in a little RV made out of an '83 Toyota 1 ton (remember those? they kick ass). Anyway, I wanted to pick up a 400W or 800W inverter (like this: http://www.harborfreight.com/750-watt-continuous-1500-watt-peak-power-inverter-66817.html) and hardwire it to the battery. I figure it's not too difficult to cut off the clamps and replace them with battery connectors and run it into the cab but I've never done it before so I was hoping someone could run me through the exact process. I know some of you guys have done stuff like this on your 1st gens so please chime in. These chicks are just recklessly unprepared for the trip they're about to take on and I'd really like to set them up with some power. Thanks guys.
     
  2. Aug 22, 2011 at 10:56 AM
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    I hardwired an inverter in my Jeep.
    Pretty much what you describe. Cut off the clamps and replace with terminals.
    I took my dash apart and found a spot to bury the guts of the inverter out of sight, then extended the wires for the power switch and plugs and mounted them in the dash.
    I think mine was a 400W unit from Radio Shack.
     
  3. Aug 22, 2011 at 11:02 AM
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    how do you run the wires into the cab from the engine compartment? is that the hard part?
     
  4. Aug 22, 2011 at 11:27 AM
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    bump?
     
  5. Aug 22, 2011 at 12:24 PM
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    i hate you guys
     
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    How BASIC do you need the process broke down to? There is a point were it explaining it simply might surpass a recommending skill level...
     
  8. Aug 22, 2011 at 5:48 PM
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    You'll need to cut a 4" round hole in the firewall to cool the inverter .... no wait .. the rusted out truck will prob allow for enough air flow :D
     
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