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    greg press


    Today i did something a little strange.My speedometor has never been right but i decided it wasn’t worth fixing and my radio hasn’t worked well.I had a 400 watt inverter so i hooked it up to the battery hid the inverter under the seat attached a old gps that i had laying around and a old boom box.I also hide all wires. GPS is  on the hump in front of emergency brake.[hope the satilite will it]. I not only used up my junk ,i now have the correct speed i’m going,satilite directions so i can find my way home and i can listen to great music above the roar of my engine. Tomorrow i will give it a try.    



    Things that make you go hmm……………. Nice idea. Hope it all works well for you.

    Allen Caron
    VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
    "If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The Shack

    greg press


    It works.The only problem i can forsee is i wonder how much power it draws.  Hopefully not to much. I have to remember to turn it off.



    Since you now have 110vac in your TDr, you could just plug in your battery charger and not worry about it.  LOL

    edward ericson


    I think if you plug a boom box into a power inverter you’re double-inverting it. The box wants something like eight 1.5 volt D batteries. But they were monster battery-eaters and so they were made with a plug-in cord which converted the house current to 12 volts DC.

    So what you’re doing now is taking the 12 volts DC that the boom box wants, converting that to 110/120 ac, plugging the box in, and the box is converting it back to 12 volts.

    That’s my guess, anyway.

    The inverter makes the TD into a very small camper though. You could plug in a little ‘frige or a hot plate. So I think it’s totally worth having and will totally bring something to plug into it at Carlisle.

    How’d it work, BTW?

    edsnova2012-04-14 17:16:30



    I have inverters in both my trucks and my camper. Need to charge up some of our toys while were  on the road.Also get a battery that will cut off the power if it gets to low or an inverter that has a low battery alarm ?live and learn the hard way, dead battery on camper and truck while camping!!!!! 



    greg press


    I also came up with another idea.My wife like most women is always cold. She  will only go for rides on 75 plus degree days an never at night.I have a small electric ceramatic heater that i heat my 200 sq. ft. work shop with when its 20 degrees out. I could heat the car interior to 100 degrees plus with the side curtians on    

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