Author Topic: What? No power outlet in the rear!  (Read 451 times)

July 24, 2017, 08:25:36 AM
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25boxer

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So the 2017 3.6 Outback is a magnificent vehicle for sure and comes with just about all the toys... but no 12V power outlet in the boot area?? Seems such a weird omission  :(

July 24, 2017, 11:01:06 AM
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jbh

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Jaaa. But what will you use it for in the boot? To drive your portable refrigerator? Then you must install a dedicated outlet with much thicker cables.
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July 24, 2017, 09:48:00 PM
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That was also weird for me that my 2015 also does not have one.


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July 25, 2017, 09:53:15 AM
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I found the power outlet in my Forester ran the freezer perfectly. Not for overnighting but getting to places and then hooking up to 220. I also used it to get to the rear tyres to reinflate with a fairly lightweight compressor. The Forester outlet was at a reasonable amperage, can't remember how much right now.




July 25, 2017, 01:51:45 PM
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jbh

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Your car. You take the risk.  :-X
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July 29, 2017, 12:47:33 AM
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On holidays I always hook up my portable Indel refrigerator for the journey in the back of my Forester. There's never been any sign that the car doesn't like it. Surely a fuse should just blow if the current's too much?
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July 29, 2017, 09:11:17 AM
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Bravofox

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Surely a fuse should just blow if the current's too much?
Exactly. And if a portable device is fitted with a plug that connects to a lighter socket, it usually will not consume more than the 120w that the 10amp circuit caters for.
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July 30, 2017, 10:35:48 PM
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Surely a fuse should just blow if the current's too much?
Exactly. And if a portable device is fitted with a plug that connects to a lighter socket, it usually will not consume more than the 120w that the 10amp circuit caters for.

And most (if not all) powered devices also have a fuse in their plug. So, the system is double fused.
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July 31, 2017, 05:14:05 PM
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jbh

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Jaaa. And if the fuse blow in the middle of the Kalahari with your fridge full of steaks you just bridge it with a piece of wire and have an instant braai.  ;).
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August 11, 2017, 07:35:03 AM
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So it seems New Zealand and/or Ozzie Outback 2017's have power outlets in the boot area as a factory standard. As its doubtful that different looms are made for each region, one assumes there is a lift off point already available in the rear somewhere and who knows why SSA didn't have it fitted. Costs perhaps, as they under massive pressure to compete on fully imported units?

Anyway my dealership workshop are going to look for the lift off point when they next fit a tow bar and have the loom available for inspection on a new Outback. If there is a point I will fit a power outlet, perhaps two being standard cig lighter type as in Forester and a Hella plug while I'm at it.

August 11, 2017, 02:10:54 PM
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jbh

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Mine is Hella and do NOT go through ignition. It thus is always on.
Just make sure that you fit a fuse in the positive wire as near as possible to the battery.
jbh
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August 14, 2017, 07:40:43 AM
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Yes I agree the Hella type and thicker wiring is the way to go. My Syncro is wired like that and "on" all the time. Has second battery etc but that's a different vehicle of course!

We will see what Danie finds re wiring first in another new Outback and then make some decisions re the wiring system. Not sure I want to start running "outside loom" wiring systems just yet, but maybe that is the way to go. She's not really an overlander vehicle.

Not sure whether feasible or worth it to install second battery system? Anybody else successfully done it on an Outback? Easier enough space wise to do it with LiFe batteries but makes for hugely expensive beers on the odd occasion! I'm not sure yet how much " real" travel I'll do in her...

August 15, 2017, 10:10:47 AM
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I did mine myself. Wires inside cabin beneath door sill under carpet. I installed it in my 2003 Forester with some extra length as reserve. Removed it and installed in my 2009.
When it was time to replace my battery I replaced it with the biggest  (capacity wise) that I could fit in the space. No problems.
jbh
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Now: 2009 XS Dual Range. LSS sump guard.
Pedders Suspension. Aluminium heavy duty Radiator.