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Added (2) 12v plugs to rear seat area

Hi, my first post here, I am active on other forums, and our 2013 Rav4 LX is my wifes car so I am not on here much. But it has bothered me, that there were no power outlets in the rear seating area in the vehicle. And with the kids DVD, DS's, I pads and what ever else we needed power back there. So I came on here and didn't really find anything. So The following is how I did add 2 12v power plugs to the rear seating area. Its not the greatest and the pics are crappy cell phone pics, but if you can't figure it out by the pics and description maybe you should not be trying this.

First I had to find a good area, and while looking in the back seat I realized the center console was a lot thicker than what the interior space it gave was. So I realize there had to be a void, and I noticed on the very back end there was a seam along each end, so I carefully removed the back cover, just use a body panel tool or a plastic putty knife or something similar



Here it is with cover off ( you can see a lot of area at the bottom.


So then I spaced out the 2 power plugs and drilled the hole. I used a 1 1/4" drill bit, but may very on your purchased plug. Then snapped the plugs into the holes


I then spliced the power and ground together. I did splice the positive lead after each fuse so they will each be fused.


For the ground you will see 2 bolts that secure the console to the floor. I chose the one on the left and used that as my ground


I then ran the power wire up along the driver side of the center console tucking it under by the carpet. Up along the firewall and over to the fuse panel just behind the hood release. You then splice the power wire onto the add a fuse and install the appropriate fuses.


I used the 15amp power adapter fuse space (its a tight fuse panel area, with using the add a fuse I could not get the cover back on but I just placed in glovebox



Here it is finished up
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why am I not seeing the pictures?
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Nice! Great write up and installation. i don't know why Toyota didn't add some back there.
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Looks good, and nice idea.

+ Is that sunlight I see under your center console?
+ Did you get the outlets from Toyota, or generic ones?
+ Is the plastic fairly sturdy? (aka when you insert/remove a plug, does it feel flimsy/breakable/cheap?)
+ Since you have in-line fuses, is there a reason why you added another fuse at the fuse box? Or can you tie in behind the fuse box so a regular blade fuse can be used?
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Thanks, I think I will do that too. I missed my 2011 Rav4 110V on the back, I did not understand why Toyota take out the the Cargo one and the 110V on 2013 Limited
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Looks good, and nice idea.

+ Is that sunlight I see under your center console?
+ Did you get the outlets from Toyota, or generic ones?
+ Is the plastic fairly sturdy? (aka when you insert/remove a plug, does it feel flimsy/breakable/cheap?)
+ Since you have in-line fuses, is there a reason why you added another fuse at the fuse box? Or can you tie in behind the fuse box so a regular blade fuse can be used?
Sorry not on here much as the Rav is my wife's car.

No its not sunlight her rav is white so you are seeing the painted white metal floor

The outlets are from Radio Shack and are like $9 a piece or so

PLastic is firm enough for this application in my opinion

The inline fuses came with the outlets, and figured if one got wet or shorted it would trip the inline for the one and hopefully the other would still work. The fuse at the box is your standard add a fuse adapter and you need to use 2 fuses, 1 to replace the fuse your plugging adapter into so that that accessory is still fused and the second is another inline basically. You could tie anywhere and get power, heck you can go all the way to the battery if you want. I went with just ease of doing it and an add a fuse is the simpliest and I had them laying around.

Hope you all are finding this helpful. I know my wife enjoys them as now all my daughter power cords are back there with her and not stretched across the center counsole
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Nice write up. I will be doing this addition soon. I am going to use this: Amazon.com: Blue Sea Systems 12 Volt Dash Socket: Sports & Outdoors

And this:
Amazon.com: Blue Sea Systems Dual USB Charger Socket: Sports & Outdoors

The rectangular brackets are removable, so I won't be using them.
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