So I have been wanting to put my power inverter in my truck since I got it. I have had this inverter for about 6 years and it's been in 3 different trucks. I used to just clip it onto the battery, run the cable, and then set it on the floor between the driver and passenger in the front for easy access. I never had it hooked up to a switch of fuse, I just used the switch on the side of the inverter itself. Now that I don't drive a beater work truck anymore though, I wanted to have the floor empty up front which meant hiding the inverter somewhere. Because of the fold out work tray under the back seat, and the power seats up front, my only easy option was behind the back seat. Here are some photos of the entire process in a step by step pictorial.
I HAVE NOT FINISHED THIS YET! I will hopefully be finishing this up tomorrow evening and I will update this thread with the final few pictures and steps.
Step 1: Parts Needed.
- 1 Inverter
- 1 Fuse (Read what size fuse you need in the power consumption on the inverter. I got my 70amp one off ebay for under $10.)
- 2 alligator clips (1 red and 1 black.)
- 40ft of wire. (20ft of red and 20ft of black)
- 1 Relay (For remote power switch. Again, read the inverter for AMP requirements. You can get these on ebay I'm sure. I got mine from a local electronics shop.)
- 1 Switch (I used an up-fitter switch)
- 1 Extension cord (So you dont have to move the seat forward to plug things in.)
You need a Inverter. This one is a 700w inverter that draws 12.5v at 67.5 amps.
My Fuse and Relay are hence rated for 70amps and I used 20ft of 10gauge wire with alligator clips to attach it to the battery. (Over kill on how much wire needed, but I wanted to be able to pull the inverter out from behind the seat and still leave it hooked up. I actually had some wire to spare and trimmed it shorter than 20ft. You probably only really need about 16ft.)
Step 2: Running the wires.
I attached and then soldered the alligator clips to the wire before I started the project, but it can be done later. I just did it before hand so I wouldn't have to solder in the sun. (It was a warm one today.) I ran the wires this way in the past 3 trucks I had and have never had an issue. I replaced the old wire with new identical wire this time around only because the old ones weren't long enough. I ran them up the side of the front fender under the hood. Behind the weather stripping and behind the side panel that you see when you open the door. I placed a zip tie there to hold it in place. This is also where I am putting the relay and fuse for the inverter. After I made sure to leave myself a small loop of positive red wire to tap into later, I continued to run the line behind the plastic molding down the side column and then under the plastic door jam panels. There was actually already a wire chase here so I ran them through the chase. Then I just continued running them towards the back of the truck until I got them behind the back seat where the inverter was.
Step 3: Hook up wires to the Inverter.
I used some Yellow 10-12 looped ends to attach the wire to the inverter. Then I plugged in a grounded 3 outlet 15ft extension cord so I could plug things in without pulling forward the back of the seat. Then I just set it down in the hole.
Step 4: Hooking in the Fuse.
At this point it is working and fused. I wanted it to be usable remotely so I used a relay and one of my up-fitter switches, to control the power to the Inverter. These are optional steps.
Step 5: Hooking in the Relay.
Step 6: Using the up-fitter switch to Control the relay.