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Power cables from cab to bed

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by dmech2141, May 31, 2024.

  1. May 31, 2024 at 11:47 PM
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    dmech2141

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    I know this topic has been beaten to death, but I am trying to run cables from inside my cab to my bed. Specifically 1 usb-c cable and 2 usb-a cables.

    I have just installed solar panels on my 2012 Tacoma access cab. I have a Bluetti power station in the backseat of my cab, and the solar panels are wired through my shark fin antenna. I would like to run usb cables from my power station to my bed to run laptop, lights, fan, etc. I know of the ports at the bottom of the cab and running underneath through to the tailgate, but I was told usb cables cannot be routed that long because they will cause charging/connection issues. My Tacoma has a camper shell, and I have also built a wooden bed/drawer system that covers the entire bottom of the bed.

    The only solutions I can think of is drilling a hole through the cab and bed to route the cables but I am worried about water leaks. I also know of cable entry glands to run the cables from the top of my camper shell (Which is what I used to route solar cables into cab), but that involves stripping the usb cables which I do not know how to do.

    I was curious if anyone has had any better solutions.
     
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  3. Jun 1, 2024 at 5:12 PM
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    Thats a good idea. It's a Bluetti AC200P and has different styles of 12v outputs.

    What kind of cable would I need to connect my power station to a component like the Blue Sea System, as well as which port should I use on the Bluetti?

    I currently have a fridge running 24/7 that is connected to the standard 12v car socket on the Bluetti. Besides that, there are two 12v/3a and one 12v/25a. I know the 25a is what most vans/RVs connect to their fuse box or something.

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    Looks like the cable for the 25A outlet is $50 on Bluetti's site but it would be the best way to pull power for accessories in the bed. You could buy that and an Anderson style pigtail connector to make your wire run to the bed. Might even just be able to find a pigtailed version of the DC plug that goes direct to the Bluetti.

    https://www.bluettipower.com/products/12v-25a-aviation-plug?variant=42203571618011

    https://www.amazon.com/Pairs-Female...e&keywords=xt60+pigtail&qid=1717301137&sr=8-9
     
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  5. Jun 3, 2024 at 9:42 PM
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    Great. It seems like this will be my best option. Unfortunately, Bluettis cable for the 25A is out of stock for my unit. Looks like it is out of stock often so my project will be on hold for now.
     

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