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    Pokey,

    Can you post the pics of your setup? (inverter + fuses + relay).

    How do you use the relay? Is it connected to a switch for manual cut-off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbkowns
    inside your car, that hold the carpet down
    ok, sorry for sounding totally dumb here, but what you're saying is to run from the battery into the cabin of the car, into the trunk, rather than running from battery, all the way outside underneath the car, to the trunk...is that what you were meaning?

    or did I totally misunderstand?

    just to clarify what i'm doing, i'm going to be putting my computer either under the passenger seat, or in the dash if it somehow manages to fit (most likely it'll be under the passenger seat)

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    UPDATE: my latest question regarding this
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    ok, so, i picked up a Scosche 250-500W amp wiring kit at Wal-Mart (yes, Wal-Mart), to use to hook up my Coleman 300W inverter. Now, my question is (being the electrical newbie that I am): there's one longer power wire, to go to the positive battery terminal I presume, and there's a shorter ground wire, which gets grounded somewhere on the care body??? Is that it? Somebody with half a clue when it comes to basic electrical stuff, explain to me how this works, and explain how it is safe?!? (Or am I missing something???)

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hud
    UPDATE: my latest question regarding this
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    ok, so, i picked up a Scosche 250-500W amp wiring kit at Wal-Mart (yes, Wal-Mart), to use to hook up my Coleman 300W inverter. Now, my question is (being the electrical newbie that I am): there's one longer power wire, to go to the positive battery terminal I presume, and there's a shorter ground wire, which gets grounded somewhere on the care body??? Is that it? Somebody with half a clue when it comes to basic electrical stuff, explain to me how this works, and explain how it is safe?!? (Or am I missing something???)

    Thanks!
    essentially thats it. i wouldn't run the wire outside the car. you might want to find a friend (or make friends with someone) who has done this before. it's not too too complicated but could cause problems in the future if its not grounded correctly.

    i didnt read all the posts because im about to go out to lunch but make sure you disconnect the battery before doing anything! good luck -scott
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    Inverter wire to Camry trunk

    Here are the pictures of the way i ran the 6 gauge wire to the trunk. I saw that the manufacture ran the wiring harness under the car (in a plastic cover) and i thought if its good enough for them... plus it makes my job easier. I want to try to keep from tearing my car up as much as posible, so i decided not to remove the inside covers, panels, etc. Those things have snap-on connectors that i seem to break somehow.

    These are old pictures of the battery before i added the second fuse.
    I ran the hot wire off the battery, thru two 15 amp fuses (in parallel), thru a 30amp relay, which is controlled by running another hot wire thru a 1 amp fuse thru the coil side of the relay to a switch i installed in the provided knock-out plug (pictured switch) thats on the dash. I wanted a back up way of turning off the power to the trunk. I might take the switch out later and hook the relay up to the accessories wire on the key ignition, so when the key is off, the relay to the trunk is off.

    Dont be afraid to use fuses, i almost lost my first car when i was 16 (1969 GTO, back in '75) cause i had put a floor board light in the rear seats, well it shorted and it acted like a 6 foot piece of fire.

    Im posting an addtional post after this one to show the wire running to the trunk. I see that i will have to get a webpage to keep from putting a ton of pictures on these posts.... so for now, excuse me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fantomas
    make sure you disconnect the battery before doing anything! good luck -scott
    why, can i end up frying myself?

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    Additonal pictures of inverter wiring

    These are pictures of the wire to the trunk under the car...hell, toyota did it first!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hud
    why, can i end up frying myself?
    that, and electrical fires are no fun

    pokey: what kind of car is that? the switch picture makes it look almost exactly like my accord
    rebuilding carpc... kinda..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pokey
    These are pictures of the wire to the trunk under the car...hell, toyota did it first!
    No extra protective coating or channeling for the wire? ...:::shudders:::...

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