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Old 11-12-2009, 01:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Running a Power inverter off my truck

Im sorry if I didnt post this in the right forum but does anyone know how large an inverter wattage I might be able to run off my 2006 6.0 , Ive lost power at home. Also is there any problem with leaving my truck idling

P.S. is this possible to do this
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My buddy runs a 3k inverter off his truck. It's all hard wired into the batteries. If you don't make a habit of the idling you should be fine. It will tend to clog up the EGR cooler and EGR valve over time.
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Would it be advisable to start the truck periodically to charge the batteries some, I hope I wont be without power to long.
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If you do the high idle mod, you should be all set for idle...
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How big is the inverter?
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Im looking online from work now I see them from 3000 watt's on down I need to run a small circulating pump off of my outdoor would boiler for hot water & maybe a few light's. My boiler has a 20 amp circuit from my house to it with an extra outlet at the boiler. Probably no more than 1000 watts max.
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Why not just buy a generator? Probably cheaper to begin with, not to mention the cost of running your truck, and the extended abuse/load you will be subjecting it to.

you can find a 1200W generator at Wal-Mart for under $200 Bucks. Probably not the highest quality, but much better than using your truck.
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I agree with Legends13, buy a small generator. Save your truck.
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You will want to have the high idle mod done, before wiring up a larger (1500-3000 watt) inverter. The inverter will drain your truck batteries quite easily, fairly quickly, with out it. You need large wire (think heavy battery cable) from the batteries to the inverter, to reduce resistance and heat.

If your pulling 20 amps, plus lighting, look for a minimum of 3000 watt generator. You will probably want to run your refrigerator/freezer as well.

Been there done that many times.

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For home emergency preparedness a generator would be best. You may decide that you want to go somewhere and you would want to have power at home, too.

Similar if you were out "roughing it". A generator will run all day on a tank of gas. And it is designed for the purpose.

I would use my truck for what it is designed and have a generator for my power needs. Whether for camping, emergency preparedness, or the job site.

Unless you wanted to run a 100kw generator off your 300+hp engine w/ a PTO.
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Unless you want to buy a FICM (which would be a lot more than a generator) then I wouldn't.
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I saw one time on spike tv the show trucks. They hooked up a generator off the belt system but can't rem who made it???
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You need to have the trans option with PTO prep.

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the PTO Gen would be a really good option for me. How would I know if I have the PTO on my tranny or not...just look under the truck for a pto like on a tractor, or is it hidden behind a coverplate???
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As I inderstand, the PTO option on the 5R110W is rare unless you ordered it, and the conversion if you dont have it is costly to the point of a new trans, (case, gears, shaft, etc)

Looks like a nifty gadget if you have the money and the need.

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