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    Ok ive had an idea to put an inverter into the car.

    I would ideally like a 3 pin plug socket somewhere down by the Passengers seat so i coudl plug in the laptop, mobile phones and everything else..

    So anyone any ideas where i could store the inverter, where to run a perm live (well somewhere where its live once the car is on) and how to maybe sink or hide the plug on the passengers side.


    Cheers guys

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    there is plenty of room behind the glove box for the inverter i would have thought and as for the plug if you were to put a single gang extension socket in the glove box then i think you could modify the lid a bit so the cable can pass through to it....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ditchp View Post
    there is plenty of room behind the glove box for the inverter i would have thought and as for the plug if you were to put a single gang extension socket in the glove box then i think you could modify the lid a bit so the cable can pass through to it....
    Good idea...

    I could then easily put in a switch on the dash (instead of the TC switch)

    This could give me more options in choosing a power source a si could have a perm live and not risk running the battery flat with the transformer

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    I put an inverter in my old nissan sunny ( laugh now, I've heard it all b4!! hehe)
    Wired it behind the glove box to an ignition live, drilled a small hole in the rear of the glove box, and put a single gang trailing socket in there.
    Simple result was to open the glove box and plug in!

    Now for your veccy, you could remove the glovebox, on the left you'll see a multi socket connector, with a bundle of wires going into it. The thicker BLACK wire is a switched live on ignition. Tap into that with a suitably rated fuse holder, and run that to your inverter. For the neg connection you can use a crimp O ring and connect it to one of the 10mm nuts just below the dashboard trim.

    If you want to put a switch in for it, run the power from the feed behind where the glove box will be, pop out the button blanks and feed it through from behind, drill your hole for the switch and connect, then feed a wire back to the inverter.
    I personally would want an illuminated switch, in which case you'd just run another earth wire from the switch to the same neg connection as the inverter.

    pm me if you need any destructions....!

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    Pop the socket in the roller type cup holder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schui1024 View Post
    I put an inverter in my old nissan sunny ( laugh now, I've heard it all b4!! hehe)
    Wired it behind the glove box to an ignition live, drilled a small hole in the rear of the glove box, and put a single gang trailing socket in there.
    Simple result was to open the glove box and plug in!

    Now for your veccy, you could remove the glovebox, on the left you'll see a multi socket connector, with a bundle of wires going into it. The thicker BLACK wire is a switched live on ignition. Tap into that with a suitably rated fuse holder, and run that to your inverter. For the neg connection you can use a crimp O ring and connect it to one of the 10mm nuts just below the dashboard trim.

    If you want to put a switch in for it, run the power from the feed behind where the glove box will be, pop out the button blanks and feed it through from behind, drill your hole for the switch and connect, then feed a wire back to the inverter.
    I personally would want an illuminated switch, in which case you'd just run another earth wire from the switch to the same neg connection as the inverter.

    pm me if you need any destructions....!

    cheers mate... i maybe calling on ur assitance in the future.

    Quote Originally Posted by rushy View Post
    Pop the socket in the roller type cup holder.

    ahhhh but then where my drinks go???

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    GOOD idea...i might beable to get her camping at PVS next year if i do this...

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    What sort of power are you intent on running?

    Also, are you looking for pure sine wave or modified sine wave output from the inverter?


    Just remember that a 600 W inverter will draw 50 Amps. 300 W==> 25 Amps ETC

    So just be carefull where you take your 12V from.

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