What do you use your rear power for?

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Just curious what everyone plugs into the rear 110 outlet? I am still searching for my Gladiator and debating on if I can do without the cargo management group. I run a National Luna fridge which is more efficient wired into 12v so I will need to install a hella plug anyway. now That USB chargers are available for electronics the only thing I have ever plugged into an inverter is a magic bullet for margaritas.





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Just curious what everyone plugs into the rear 110 outlet? I am still searching for my Gladiator and debating on if I can do without the cargo management group. I run a National Luna fridge which is more efficient wired into 12v so I will need to install a hella plug anyway. now That USB chargers are available for electronics the only thing I have ever plugged into an inverter is a magic bullet for margaritas.
In my Tacoma, it was pretty much limited to power tool battery rechargers and occasionally a Dremel... it only gives you like 3.5A. It doesn't go very far so I didn't even bother on this truck - much better to just run a bigger inverter IMO.
 

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Haven't tested yet as DawgBox is getting re-geared, but I plan to use it to run my Dometic fridge/freezer while on the road.
 

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On my Tacoma I ran my grape solar fridge/freezer. Worked fine so I got it for my gladiator as well. Kept my salmon frozen from Seattle to Alberta
 

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On my Tacoma I ran my grape solar fridge/freezer. Worked fine so I got it for my gladiator as well. Kept my salmon frozen from Seattle to Alberta

But how was the fish?? :giggle:
 

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... much better to just run a bigger inverter IMO ...
Is it possible to upgrade the inverter in the truck? Do we know where it is and what is looks like (more interested in the space and what can be added).
 

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I agree about powering the fridge off of 12 volts--though that requires larger wire than you would guess based on the small amperage draw--I recommend 12 gauge to avoid the issues with voltage drop causing the fridge to go into power saving mode. Anyway, I use my inverter outlet in the bed to power my laptop in camp. Because when traveling our groups shoot a lot of still and video and some audio recordings, it's easier for me to copy all of that over to my laptop, plus two more backup drives, each evening. Typically, that takes several hours.

Unfortunately, I have not figured out how to keep that power outlet on for as long as I want. After a few minutes the Jeep shuts it off and I have to go back and press the power on switch on the dash again. It's very annoying. Not sure if there's a way to tell the Jeep I'll manage the battery--quite being annoying.

Regardless, I have the GenRight dual-battery kit and two Odyssey batteries to install, once I finish a current video project I'm working on for my YouTube channel. After I do that, I plan to install a separate inverter tied to the aux battery, so no worries about killing the start battery. Based on my experience with years of use of my JK in this scenario, 400 watts is sufficient power for my needs. We've even used the JK install to watch a movie while overlanding ("The Gods Must be Crazy", of course).

Test set up of the gear ...
Movies -- Expedition Style, 1204, Feb 12.jpg


Watching the movie ...
K-Trail Run, Feb 12, 7D-1227, Movie Night.jpg
 

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Is it possible to upgrade the inverter in the truck? Do we know where it is and what is looks like (more interested in the space and what can be added).
To my knowledge, no. I believe it's under the steering column from what people have said.
 

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The fish was awesome caught it in Alaska
 

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I use the bed outlet to keep my mountain biking lights charged. A blender would be a good idea though....
 

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I agree about powering the fridge off of 12 volts--though that requires larger wire than you would guess based on the small amperage draw--I recommend 12 gauge to avoid the issues with voltage drop causing the fridge to go into power saving mode. Anyway, I use my inverter outlet in the bed to power my laptop in camp. Because when traveling our groups shoot a lot of still and video and some audio recordings, it's easier for me to copy all of that over to my laptop, plus two more backup drives, each evening. Typically, that takes several hours.

Unfortunately, I have not figured out how to keep that power outlet on for as long as I want. After a few minutes the Jeep shuts it off and I have to go back and press the power on switch on the dash again. It's very annoying. Not sure if there's a way to tell the Jeep I'll manage the battery--quite being annoying.

Regardless, I have the GenRight dual-battery kit and two Odyssey batteries to install, once I finish a current video project I'm working on for my YouTube channel. After I do that, I plan to install a separate inverter tied to the aux battery, so no worries about killing the start battery. Based on my experience with years of use of my JK in this scenario, 400 watts is sufficient power for my needs. We've even used the JK install to watch a movie while overlanding ("The Gods Must be Crazy", of course).

Test set up of the gear ...
Movies -- Expedition Style, 1204, Feb 12.jpg


Watching the movie ...
K-Trail Run, Feb 12, 7D-1227, Movie Night.jpg
Now that I finally have my Alu-Cab canopy I can start planning out the electrics in the rear. I looked at the Genesis system but I think that I will be installing a Redarc BCDC and second battery in the bed of the truck next to my drawer system and water tank. This puts the second battery close to the fridge. I’ll probably run 8 AWG wire from the alternator to the Redarc.

The gods must be crazy is one of my all time favorite movies!
 

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Holy cow ... what an awesome channel!! You now have a new subscriber from Australia!!
I watched your intro video and you had me when you said you only review stuff you want to. I really hate when I find a good channel on YT and they go all 'Hollywood' and get stuff average Joe cant afford for free! I like them being 'normal people on normal budgets'!

I think you have just set me up for a cold, CV-19 virus stay-at-home, weekend! :)
 

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