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Power inverter

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Rjallard17, May 21, 2018.

  1. May 21, 2018 at 12:03 PM
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    Rjallard17

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    Hey guys,
    Looking for some help. I am new to the Tacoma thing but have had some friends that drove a few in Hawaii. One thing that my SR5 doesn’t have that I wanted was the power inverter outlet in the bed. I have checked and I have the wiring for the switch, and the wiring up to the gear shifter, I am looking for someone who has all the stock wiring and inverter so I can plug it in, I can find the cargo/outlet box all day on eBay or craigslist. But finding the rest of the assembly is tough.
    Also, if you have any advice please do share. I don’t know everything and will take all the help I can get.
    Thanks!
     
  2. May 21, 2018 at 12:26 PM
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    If you're already going all in wiring an inverter in, you should buy an aftermarket one and wire it up (one that puts out more than 400w). the stock one is good for charging phones or other small devices, but really doesn't put out much juice
     
  3. May 21, 2018 at 12:29 PM
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    That’s not a bad idea, I figured using a factory one would be easy. More like plug and play since I already have everything else. But I wouldn’t be opposed to wiring one in if it would improve. Does anyone have a brand or particular inverter they have used? Or instructions lol. I’m sure I can find that on another forum. I’ll look around. Thank you for the insight
     
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  4. May 21, 2018 at 12:33 PM
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    It would only be easier if all the wiring is already there. The inverter mounts under the center console, there's a heavy wire from the battery, wiring to the switch in the dash and the wiring going to the back of the bed. If that's all there so it's plug-n-play and you don't need anything more, then go for it. If you have to pull any wiring just do an aftermarket. What Toyota puts in isn't very good, a $30 one from Wal-Mart would be about the same thing.
     
  5. May 21, 2018 at 12:37 PM
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    I use this one in my truck, but I have it wired to a standalone dual battery that only gets charged using a 100w solar panel. If I would wire it to the front main battery, id be able to take advantage of it's full potential.

    ive been running it about a year now without issues

    https://www.amazon.com/Power-Invert...pID=51CyMmyohTL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
     
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    I think I'll grab that one and try to figure out where to mount it in the cab. Wondering if heat/air circulation would be an issue if it was under one of the front seats.
    ETA: the inverter is one of the things I wish my SR5 had.
     
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  7. Aug 5, 2018 at 12:12 PM
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    I doubt it would be an issue. As long as you dont have something obstructing the fan (thats built in) on the end of the inverter, i think youll be alright
     
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  8. Aug 5, 2018 at 12:18 PM
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    Bueno. I was hoping that would be the case, and if it does have heating issues I'll figure something else out or just not do a hardwired install.
    BTW: Love San Antonio. Taking a trip down there again in the near future.
     
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    Yeah mine doesnt use the fan very often, except whenever i leave it on for prolonged periods of time and it is hot outside (since mine is hardwired in the back of my camper shell). Ive never had any issues with it overheating and ive left it on accidentally several times with the camper shell closed in the heat of summer.

    Nice! Its beautiful down this way, hard to beat the texas hill country:D

    You should pop into the SA thread whenever youre planning on heading down this way. Lots of locals in there that can give recommendations for stuff in our area.

    Heres the thread: https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/san-antonio.139967/
     
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    I have a DCSB base model, so no existing wiring. But I did install a Cobra 800W inverter under the driver's seat (fused with a heavy wire) and then ran an extension cord to the bed. I have the CPI 880 which they don't make anymore, but there are comparable (and much better) models. I really put it to work this summer powering basic stuff in my pop up camper running it for about 8 hours a day for a month and I didn't have any issues with overheating in 90+ degree heat. I'm just glad that I have a jump pack because if I wasn't careful I could really deplete my battery if I didn't drive very much (a dual battery or solar setup would be awesome).
     
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  11. Dec 26, 2018 at 12:28 PM
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    What's with this outlet?! 400w is not really useful for more than small chargers or very small appliances. I'm no electrical genius but you would think that the engine when running could be used as a generator putting out at least 4000w. You could run electric tools, heaters, etc. that draw high wattage. I would like to put a heater in the back of mine with the cap on so I could drive with dogs in the winter and have a little heat for them or run equipment when I'm out in the middle of nowhere. Doesn't seem unreasonable to me.
     

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