P38 Loadspace 12V and 110V Power Outlet Installation


Rear power optionsIntroduction
12 Volt Outlet Install
110 Volt Outlet Install
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Photo at right courtesy of Jim Haver: Loadspace of 2000 and up models has 12 volt outlet already. This can also be used to plug in a 110 volt inverter as shown, but Jim Havers demonstrates (below) a better idea that leaves the 12 volt outlet free.


Introduction
Range Rover owners like to camp in style, and you never know when you might want to plug in some handy appliance like a coffee maker or an air mattress inflator when out on the trail. The ideas on this page should help owners to customize their camping experience to suit the level of sophistication they are accustomed to.


Ron Beckett's 12 Volt rear Power Outlet
Range Rovers of the 2000 model year and up come with a rear 12 power outlet as standard. It is located in the loadspace lining just below the access panel for the right rear lights. Earlier models omitted this convenience, so Ron Beckett thought it would be useful to have some 12  volt power sockets handy at the rear of his 1997 4.6 HSE  for running appliances when camping. He installed a group of two12 volt power sockets, and a 4-switch panel, on the rear of the trim panel covering the subwoofer and CD player in the left rear corner of his loadspace (photo below left). One of the 12V sockets is controlled by the switch panel.
 

power sockets

fuse

Power outlet & switch setup with fire extinguisher mounted

Fuse box in space behind trim panel

Currently the remaining switches are unused but they are there for future items like an external 12 volt work lamp, a drinking water pump in a tank yet to be fitted, and additional swiveling interior lights in the upper tailgate. He obtained both the switch panel and the cigarette lighter sockets from a marine chandlers store.

Note Ron's neat installation for his fire extinguisher in the rear left corner of the loadspace -- ready to hand when camping. His mini first aid kit sits in the same location on the opposite corner of the loadspace.

To get power to the switches and sockets, Ron ran a cable from the front (fused at the battery - although he reports he may change this to a circuit breaker) to the rear, up through the grommet under the rear corner, behind the taillights and out to the fuse block.

He hid the fuse block in the space behind the trim panel (see photo above right) where it is screwed to the very substantial sub-woofer mounting bracket. Oh, those blue wires with the uninsulated connectors are the earth or ground wires for the sockets and, yes, he knows that it is the wrong colour for these leads!

Jim Haver's Rear 110 Volt Inverter Installation
Inverter in placeJim Haver got a good deal on a DC to AC power inverter and installed it in his Rangie so he would have 110VAC in the truck.  Since he already installed an auxiliary battery in the spare tire space, it was an easy job to wire the inverter in the right side of the same compartment, attached to the trim panel where some folks have their navigation computer.

<>The photo at the top of the page shows the location where Jim installed the inverter. As shown in that photo, it is quite possible to just plug the inverter into the stock 12 volt outlet -- but that precludes using the outlet for other purposes. The photo at right (courtesy of Jim) shows a closeup of the inverter,  with the 12 volt power lead concealed behind the trim panel and wired in to Jim's spare battery which he had in the spare tire area.

More Information
Auxiliary Battery Installations
CB radio installation page shows other methods of tapping into the P38 12 volt power system.


 

 

 

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