Question why not? 120v plug in bed

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    Default why not? 120v plug in bed

    the tacoma comes with a 120v plug in the bed of the truck, along with storage.

    Why is the tundra not given the same option???
    It's a work truck right?
    Workers plug in power tools?
    We also make cuts using the tailgate as our bench........

    So why do we not get our own 120v plug in the bed or cab

    I know I could buy my own converter and make this work, I only feel this should be a factory option. Maybe I'll buy the tacoma setup and fit it to my tundra
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    Default Re: why not? 120v plug in bed

    I too was disappointed that there was not an option for the outlet. I came in real handy on the Taco.
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    Default Re: why not? 120v plug in bed

    It should be simple enough to do. There is a 40 amp power circuit going to the trailer plug. That is enough to power a 500 watt inverter. It does require the key to be on though.
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    Default Re: why not? 120v plug in bed

    I run a 1500w (2250w peak) inverter and have outlets split inside and out.


    I recommend running dedicated wire to the battery and leave the OEM wiring for GPS, DVD and other low draw devices.
    Any inverter capable of running power tools will need to have enough current to supply the inverter. OEM wires are not sufficient.


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    Do you have a how - to on this setup? This sounds interesting and may address some lighting issues I have requiring a generator.
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    a short and simple answer would be to purchase a power inverter at your local store and wire it into the truck for 120v use.

    A longer answer would be to retro fit a tacoma 120v bed plug into the tundra's bed.* this would involve wiring, cutting, and planning*

    I am be running a wire from the battery to the rear seats where I'll place an inverter nicely hidden behind a seat, from there I'll just run a short extension cord through my back window as needed for power
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    I noticed today that one of they guys at work has the outlet in his Taco. It is a really nice looking setup.
    He says that his switches between 400 watts and 150 watts output. He thought it was 400watts if the Taco was in park and the engine was running and 150 watts at other times. Does any one know how that works??
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    Default Re: why not? 120v plug in bed

    This definitely would've been nice for me. I used to be a carpenter and I carried tools and used my bed as a work bench all the time. There were plenty of times where I was on a job site with no power and had to drag out the generator for just a few cuts.

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    Default Re: why not? 120v plug in bed

    Someone said the entire Taco bed was plastic, no metal underneath and that the plug set up was integral, so I don't think you could adapt it.

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    The inverter(xantrex) I installed in my toy hauler recomended keeping the battery leads as short as possible(Voltage Drop). they recomended running a longer AC line if needed>

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    Default Re: why not? 120v plug in bed

    Quote Originally Posted by mendonsy View Post
    I noticed today that one of they guys at work has the outlet in his Taco. It is a really nice looking setup.
    He says that his switches between 400 watts and 150 watts output. He thought it was 400watts if the Taco was in park and the engine was running and 150 watts at other times. Does any one know how that works??


    that is exactly how it works .. and yeah its a shame they didnt do it for the tundras but maybe they didnt do it because we have a metal bed and the tacoma has a plastic bed

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    Default Re: why not? 120v plug in bed

    i think every truck needs that lol. It would be awesome that you can carry a compressor and have it hooked up to your truck in case you get a nail in a tire or got ticked and went on a finish nail rampage? jk hahaha

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