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accesory power at rear of jk?

I am installing an ARB fridge out back and was wondering if there is a hot wire anywhere nearby or if I should just run one all the way back??
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I'm betting that puppy draws a fair bit of amperage, there's not gonna be anything back there that will handle much current.
You're gonna be far better off running a new wire that's heavy enough to handle the current draw of the fridge.


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You are probably right..... I was looking for a good place to install a 750w inverter anyways, may as well set it up right and run some heavy gauge wire back to the inverter mounting it in the storage cubby at the rear.... damn, so many projects on the go I had better finish at least one of them sometime this week!
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I dunno if I'd mount my inverter in the cubby back there...
get caught in the rain and its the first place to swamp out.


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ARB fridges only draw 3 amps max.
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I have a 12v outlet between the rear cup holders and one up at the side behind the rear seat. I just ran them with decent size wire from the front one. Use them all the time and never have issues.
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I have a 12v outlet between the rear cup holders and one up at the side behind the rear seat. I just ran them with decent size wire from the front one. Use them all the time and never have issues.
Do you have any photos of your setup?


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I have a 12v outlet between the rear cup holders and one up at the side behind the rear seat. I just ran them with decent size wire from the front one. Use them all the time and never have issues.
Not a good Idea. You did notice how small the wire was that you tapped into?

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Connect it to your SPOD...if you don't have one you might want to consider it if you are going to add devices to your JK. As one who melted a few fuse blocks, the SPOD is the best solution to adding electrical devices!


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^this is true..... As I am running wiring for lights as well, I am not even going to bother fully installing them until I get an SPOD for sure.....t alk about a clean setup..... sigh, this credit card will melt soon!!
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Not a good Idea. You did notice how small the wire was that you tapped into?
Yes, I did and as I said it works just fine. The fuse will blow before the wire melts and it's never done that.
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I installed an aux power in the back too...
But it runs from my Power Distribution Box to the back with big wires...
Completely isolated from the OEM electrical system, etc.
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Why not keep it simple ? Ive the 12v Engel fridge that includes a 9-foot wire with cigarette lighter adapter. From the rear I run the wire un-noticed between the rear seats, under floor mat, next to seat of driver seat and into lighter socket. When not being used, I leave the unplugged wire under the handbrake.

You'd never know the wire was there unless looking for it. I know the cigeratte wire adapters can spring apart, but its simple to use.

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Can install the inverter under the passenger seat (that's where mine is), once water gets up over that hump, you're f'd anyhow. Of coruse, I did leave my top off in a freak summer storm once... and water did go over the inverter... but it was turned off... (but the mains wires are exposed and the fuse blew *GRIN*)

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