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12V Bed Outlet Mod

I just finished my 12v Bed mod in my truck, and before I could even clean up two of my buddies from work were telling me to leave the tools out so they could do the same thing....it's a sweat set up and you can't beat it. <$15.00 in parts and an hour of time spent during the install. It took me longer to get over the fear of drilling a hole in my truck than it did to do the actually install. I'll post pics when I get home...thanks R-F guys for the idea!!!
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sweet man glad you happy with it!!!
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I love it, but I haven't really "used" it yet. I plugged in my cell phone charger to make sure it worked, I don't have anything else 12 volt on me right now.
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awsome ive thought bout doin it..if i had some free time..

make sure you get pics..i wanna see
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You could get one of those small 12V Compressors for fillin tires for the trails, If you wanna air down you don't have to worry about drivin on the raod with your tires low.
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I wonder if you could hook up a power inverter and run a regular 120v outlet in the bed? That would be a nice thing to have in addition to the 12v.

Get some pictures up! Very cool mod!
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I wonder if you could hook up a power inverter and run a regular 120v outlet in the bed? That would be a nice thing to have in addition to the 12v.

Get some pictures up! Very cool mod!
Yeah you can do that......My buddy installed one in his truck, using a weatherproof GFI cover to keep it all weatherproof.....pretty slick deal....
Being an electrician I am used to having my buddies call me to wire there basements and stuff, but that was the first one to call me for an outlet in his truck!!
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ive been thinking about doing it, its a handy mod
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Just FYI, there are a lot of photos in the How To in the How To Section. Christian did a good job on his instal and the photos.
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I wonder if you could hook up a power inverter and run a regular 120v outlet in the bed? That would be a nice thing to have in addition to the 12v.

Get some pictures up! Very cool mod!
Dont the new Tacos have a 120v in the bed? Sounds cool, wish I had the time/still to do that...
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Dont the new Tacos have a 120v in the bed? Sounds cool, wish I had the time/still to do that...
Yep, the Tacomas sure do, a 400-watt 120 volt AC outlet in the bed is an option...

They are also standard on the 2006 GMC Sierra V8 w/ electric assist. On the GMC is actually powers four outlets in the bed....

Pretty neat feature I think......

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here goes...the first pic is what I have. The second pic is what I'm going to change the outlet to. I found this one at [email protected]$12.00 it's a little more expensive, but a lot nicer and I like the spring loaded lid.
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Very nice.
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Sweet stuff...
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Harbor Frieght Tools sells a 5kw inverter/converter with 3 AC plugs for $186

I'll look in there when i decide to do all that.
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Sorry, not to be a *****, but there is no way that 1) you could use a 5kw inverter with our trucks, and 2) you can get one for $186 and it work worth a darn.

You'd be pulling over 416 Amps from your alternator, would have to use 500MCN wire (bigger than your arm), and by a fuse kit that would barely fit in a 2'x2' box.

For reference, a 1kw Inverter, even a lower quality one, usually costs upwards of $500.

I got my el-cheapo 2.5kw inverter for $500 at %50 off, and derated it for use on our trucks, with a high powered alternator. I can still just barely get 1.8kw without stressing the truck alternator.

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is that a flareside or non-flareside bed ?
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Jeff's truck is a styleside (non-flareside) bed
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Well, I'll just get a 1kw, then... I just want more than i'll ever use, just in case.
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Jeff's truck is a styleside (non-flareside) bed
I wonder if it can be done or how hard it would be to do on a flareside
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probably not that hard. I think he went in through the tail light.
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All you do is take out the left side tail light and drill a hole that you can access through the bed. There is plenty of room behind the light, and you have more than enough space under the truck to run the primary wire. It's easy and it only took an hour or so, and most of that was running the wire inside the rocker panel and the frame to protect it from the elements.
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Not hard at all Ben. I tucked mine up where the tie-down thing is, and it fit fine in there. Just watch out though, I think that you have the drop in bedliner, mine sat about an inch away from the metal of the actual bed.
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