Originally Posted by ROCKINWOOD
thanks for the info, the mrs would love hooking her computer up, just a couple questions, did you have to run a wire for the power 12v, and second did you buy the inverter from Ford or someone else? What was the cost, sorry so many questions , but I am very interested, thanks!!!
yes you have to run a pair of 6 or 8 guage wires from the battery through a fuse or circuit breaker (as close to the battery as possible in case of a short to the vehicle body/chassis)
i purchased the inverter from camping world as they had the best price at the time, i also use west marine as a great source for sturdy connectors and inverters and the fuse block, wire loom protector,
i purchased the wire at home depot, stranded 6 gauge one red one in black
west marine also has the wire.
if i remember correctly it was less than $150, plus a few hours work
inverter cost is directlty proportional to max surge power and continuous use power
most for example will be 1000 watts surge but only 250 watts continuous
i would add up all your wattages needs and then add 700 to it to decide what size you need, dont scrimp and buy an "elcheapo" at wally world.
i can run my shop vac off the inverter i have, its over kill to say the least.
the inverter will also come with a base set of 12v wires. these are designed for very short runs and if you mount your inverter more than 5 feet ( wire distance) you need to step up a gauge to ensure you have a good surce of HIGH amperage 12volts for the inverter and less voltage drop.
as for the 120 volt extension cord i purchsed a high quality 120 volt exstension cord and wrapped it in a plstic loom to protect from chaffing and then wired it to the escape factory plug with terminal ends.
i added a few more pics as well
one more issue about the high amp 12 vlt wiring
i wrapped the tow wires in elect tape, then covered them with plastic wire loom and wrapped that in electrical tape and it passes through the firewall through a rubber plug. you dnt want a 6 gauge wire contacting the metal bdy of the truck or your gonna do some arc welding, followed by a fire.