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Old 02-07-2009, 10:32 AM
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Default Power Outlet

I want to put a power outlet in the bed of my pickup so I can plug in a charger.
I want something with a cover since it will be exposed to the elements.
I would also prefer a surface mount over puting a large hole somewhere.
I have been looking at the APP Powerpoles but not sure they will work.
Has any one got any ideas they would like to share?
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Old 02-07-2009, 12:08 PM
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Why make it permanent? I use a cig lighter plug with a 6' ft cable ending in a couple of banana jacks in my minivan. I have an unswitched power outlet in the van so the motor does not have to run to get power.
Old 02-07-2009, 12:15 PM
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KW-Counter-

Have you thought about using a trailer connector with an adapter to banana plugs. powerpoles or whatver. If you already have a trailer connector on your truck maybe you could build a cable that terminates in whatever kind of connector you want. Just a thought - I can appreciate not wanting to drill a large hole in your truck.

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Old 02-07-2009, 12:23 PM
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Default RE: Power Outlet

I actually do the same thing as Huck1199. I use one of these power boxes hooked up to a cigarrette lighter adapter. There are plastic versions of this box out there but I like the aluminum box. It works great for me and I can plug in more than one charger.

http://www.siriuselectronics.com/ind...roducts_id=453

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Old 02-07-2009, 12:26 PM
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Default RE: Power Outlet

Minhoff,
I have considered it. Since I don't have an unswitched source at my plug I need to explore alternatives.
I am going to have to run the wire from the engine compartment so I want to try to use a nicer looking instalation.
I also want to keep it out of the way for when the truck is used for other truck type stuff.
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Old 02-08-2009, 01:03 AM
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You could change your cig socket to unswitched without too much trouble.
Old 02-09-2009, 04:45 PM
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Look at the wiring to your trailer plug. If there are extra wires, one of the may be a 12v "hot" wire for an RV connection.
Old 02-09-2009, 06:11 PM
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Default RE: Power Outlet

I bought a heavy duty (12gage) outdoor extension cord on sale and cut the ends off and ran it through the frame rails to the tail gate. I terminated it into a plastic box with banna jacks an cig. outlet.

Thanks...Brian
Old 02-10-2009, 10:32 AM
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I bought a heavy duty (12gage) outdoor extension cord on sale and cut the ends off and ran it through the frame rails to the tail gate. I terminated it into a plastic box with banna jacks an cig. outlet.

Thanks...Brian

Brian,
That did get the cerebral juices flowing.
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Old 02-10-2009, 12:32 PM
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Remember all 110 household parts work. I've used the box with the metal hinged lids over recepical for many other thinsg than 110v.
PS the plugs are good for 30 amps.
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