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Old 07-28-2014, 07:04 PM
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2012 inverter plans

5,000 watt inverter mounted in cab. Two weather proof outlets mounted in bed. One for mid size compressor,one for 110 power tools. Both on individual spring return spools mounted clean and tight near the gate. Thoughts or concerns? Yes, truck running while powering additional equipment.#no-brainer
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Be careful where you mount it, as it will produce a fair amount of heat while under high load. Otherwise, it might be best to install some quality SOOW cord to distribute the power. If done right, it will be a nice setup. Good luck with it.
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:21 PM
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Too hot for under seat mount? Could do a bed mount with protective cage mod. Good bed cover will keep her dry...
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:10 PM
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Come on guys, 1st time diesel owner. Hit me with what ya got. Buddy said this group of fellow Ford men was the group to listen to.
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:43 PM
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Like Sterling6.7 said, lots of heat will be produced at high load. Make sure you do your research on wire sizing for loads. Might want to install a pancake fan that turns on when in operation. Mounting location will be critical for protection as well as safety. You only want it on when you are using the power. You could mount a remote power switch and mount the inverter in a protected place under the cab. Just some thoughts. Just remember it's not just 12v DC anymore, it's 110AC!!! Be extremly safe with your installation.
The reason I'm saying all this is because sometimes a guy will get all excited about his mod and forget some of the dangers. Good Luck with your project!
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I ran a 2k inverter and it powered my tools chargers etc no problem I mounted it to the hump in front on ceramic spacers and never had a problem with it. I did wire in an extra battery just for the inverter, so I could kill it if I needed and still start the truck.
I even ran my fridge and freezer when the power was out for a few days
mount it where it can dissipate heat and you will be very happy.
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Personally, I would see if a weather proof inverter is available and mount it in the bed with the outlets. The inverter is going to generate heat. Depending on the in cab location, the heat might be excessive if you operate a 120v tool/source for extended period.

Make sure you check the duty cycle (use time vs cooling time). Install circuit breaker(s) or fuses on the 12v feed to the inverter.
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What, no install pics?
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