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Old 08-05-2013, 02:52 PM
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Hi there,

Got a question, wife and I do a lot of traveling and we occasionally run into things that we can't find where we live in Texas, the problem is getting the stuff home before it spoils.

A neighbor of mine has a 12v frig/freezer in his travel trailer that works real good for him, i would like to put one of those things in the bed of my 2013 ram 1500 laramie longhorn but don't really know how I would go about putting a couple of 12v outlets in the bed of my truck.

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Old 08-05-2013, 04:45 PM
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I have always wanted a 12v plug in the bed of a pickup. The truck can have it's own router and internet connection, but I can't plug a toaster into the bed? C'mon!
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See this thread in the Exterior Mod section:
Installed 12V Power in Truck Bed (How-To & LONG)
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I used a hole close to the right tiedown in my 12. Bought plastic 12 volt plug at Wallyworld & ran a 12 volt wire from trailer connector to it. The Coleman 12 volt cooler will run the battery down in about 18 hours if I forget to unplug it.
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I used a hole close to the right tiedown in my 12. Bought plastic 12 volt plug at Wallyworld & ran a 12 volt wire from trailer connector to it. The Coleman 12 volt cooler will run the battery down in about 18 hours if I forget to unplug it.
Excellent idea, I put LED's in my bed of my other truck and always worried I would leave them on because of the backflip I couldn't see them. I know being led's and drawing such little power it would take forever to run down the battery but I had being stranded.
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I've installed 12V outlets in the back of my last couple trucks. I like the marine kind, that have weather sealing.

I also carry an ARB 12V fridge/freezer with me a lot of the time and consider it one of the best things I've ever bought.

One note about wiring a 12V outlet specifically to power a fridge/freezer, make sure and use adequate gage wire. The bed of the truck is a long way from the battery and the corresponding voltage drop can fool a fridge/freezer into thinking the battery is getting low and shutting itself down. I use 10 gage for a run clear from the battery on a pickup, and at least 12 gage for shorter wheelbase rigs like a Jeep. Also note, I'm talking about real fridges, with compressors and voltage sensing controls, not the little 12V coolers from Wally World - they aren't on the same planet as a real 12V fridge/freezer.

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So, wild idea here. You have a Laramie Longhorn which means you have the trailer hitch plug installed. it gets 12v constant. So why don't you pick up one of these:

http://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-20146-...n+trailer+plug

And wire in 12v...

Or, just buy one of these:

http://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-47675-...ch+plug+to+12v

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After posting this, the second one is a bit scary should it start to rain. I'd rather build my own that I can hella-waterproof.
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Thanks for the idea, I had considered patching off the trailer hitch 4 pin connector, but then if I have my fridge/freezer and a trailer connected the overall load on that circuit could cause one or more unexpected problems.

I don't know if the radio in the ram is looking at that circuit or not but that %^*%& radio in the truck is flaky enough without me giving it another reason to take another trip off into never never land.
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I plan on adding power outlets at the rear of my Ramboxes. I will be running a 4awg wire from the battery to the rear of the truck for a detachable jumper cable and will tap into the cable run at a wire junction terminal near the rear of the truck. I will then feed the last 5 feet with a 10-12awg wire with a 20 amp inline fuse for each one. I will post pictures when I have it completed.
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Finally finished putting the Rambox power outlets in place. They were not an easy task as I could barely reach the back of the outlets to put on the nut to hold them in place. Next weekend I will run the power to them from the battery.
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