I've been road traveling/'SUV-Rv'ing for a year plus in my '05 4WD SE. Have gotten by with a modest 400W inverter plugged into the lighter socket and at most, I used for running a mini-'chiller fridge' & light power tools, like my Dremel or a workstand light.
This inverter predated my CR-V at 4+ yrs old & just crapped out,. SoI bought a 1K Watt one, only to 'discover' in my electronic ignorance--that it req'd 2 AWG power hook up...
As well, I noted I'd been stressing my starter/battr. system all this time--having installed a 24F over the tiny stock one quite a while back. So, I'm researching & selecting component sub-assemblies & routing options.
a)I believe I can get away with mounting the inverter itself[..1000 Watt Jupiter from HBF..] in the cubby slot just below one's knee; to the left of the steering wheel 7 below the 'Sunroof/Pwr Steering 'Active'-button cluster. So far, width & depth clearance check out if I create a mounting bracket.
b)This would facilitate routing the 2 AWG cables thru the firewall-->starter battery.
c)I've been watching various youtube 'hook-up' methods & routings, all upon different vehicles...just to familiarize myself with the components, fuse/relay junctions suggested &tooling required.
d)I'm trying to choose a battery: for now, I'm content with continued, 'modest power'-demand support[..power drill, jigsaw or heat gun at most..], so I'm 'hoping'
to AVOID selecting another 'full-sized/weight battery. Mini fridge, Laptop, hot melt glue gun & small electronics will be the usual power drain/draw.
I'm leaning towards a smaller, fishing kayak-type, 'Trolling Motor'-deep cycle battery--of no more than 40AH & 24 lbs weight. Haven't yet settled on a 'chemistry' but AGM sealed, for cost & easy availability--is where I'm leaning.
Last, big issue:
I haven't decided WHERE to locate this 2nd-battery. Shortest cable distance & LEAST usage/interference w/existing cargo space are my desires.
At first I considered the passenger front floor, but a friend said that's basic, 'legacy' Safety "No-No"[..accident/missile hazard..]
UNDER the front passenger seat is probably too tight.
Directly behind the fold-down, rear seat is possible on the driver's side, but my passenger 'bench' side serves as my '45 deg.-tilt 'Lounge'-bed at night; I'm concerned a 'battery + hold-down hardware' would interfere.
I like keeping rear cargo stowage 'fluid' & open: a cat carrier, mini-fridge, tools/toys, clothing & blankets in headliner cargo netting, and RARELY access the picnic table sub-floor. This is my 2nd "V"--I saved another picnic table from my former, wrecked one & it's mounted flush on the roof for now.
I've hoped to keep more dead weight 'up front' as well keeping the cable lengths->battery shorter, so I am now considering these 2 possibilities:
A)-Use the subfloor pit, which would be a PITA to access/check regularly[..unload/unpack stowage above!..].
B)-Be creative-->and utilize the 'fold out' arm rest installed in the rear bench, as a 'cubby' to mount a modest battery? As long as it's anchored to either the bench OR floor hard points below, it 'should' be safe, non?
What do you think?
Also, I never looked hard/investigated to 'see', but in the rear cargo area, right behind the left-rear wheel well, there is a plastic molded 'Vent' grating--opposite side of the 'Tire Jack' stowage compartment on the other side. Has anyone ever made use of THAT space...if any is there?
Anty links or guidance to other people's mods is greatly appreciated; I got a bit overwhelmed trying to go thru all the 'Search' pages of other's projects here, looking for a 'similar' mod.