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Old 04-16-2013, 07:55 AM
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Default 110v or 12v power in tailgate - enough to cut through plywood/2x4 or heat a can of beans.

2012 Ram Hemi 4x2. Standard stock trailer connectors in the back.

Whats the safest and best way to get 110v ~1000 watts power plug in the back. I hear the RAM hemi comes with a pretty good alternator.I think using the trailor connector would be a bad idea as cables look real thin and breakers are likely too low.

I figure I need to run some good cables straight to the battery and then an DC to AC invertor to the back in my box.

Or maybe I should stay with 12 volt, but not that many great 12v plug in tools out there.

I just want to be able to cut plywood & 2x4s or heat a sandwich & some beans.
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Run it to the bed as 12v then plug your converter in when necassary, best of both worlds. Just make sure you use the correct guage wire to handle the load.
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^I agree, do this and you won't ever have to worry about it.
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the 12v back is best, but is that 1000w inverter going to run a saw? I doubt it. Startup on a motor device is 1.5-2 times the running current. I think you're looking at 2000w continuous inverter at a minimum.
Having said that, 2kw @ 110v is 18 amps. You're not only going to need some 8 awg wire (min) but you'll need to keep the truck running when running it, or face a dead battery in about an hour.
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A 1000W inverter will not run a saw as stated the initial draw on startup of the saw will be way over that.

Edited: Deleted wrong information, Sorry I was working with AC 120V not from the DC power source

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i just use a this,http://www.wisesales.com/eu2000ia-ho...g#.UW24J8o33qU

ive also got a good set of cordless tools,mostly makita,or rigid. the 18v lithium will get most stuff done for ya
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um... you forgot about the wire length to the battery in the front.
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um... you forgot about the wire length to the battery in the front.
Thanks I edited my post as I was working with 120V AC. Posted without even thinking of it being 12V DC.

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