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Battery Isolator and Inverter need cooling?

Hi, I am setting up a battery isolator in my 2000 dakota. There seems to be minimal space under the hood and have been thinking of installing it and a power inverter and deep cycle battery in the bed.

The bed does have a tanaeu cover so i was curious if the isolator needed to be air cooled or if it will work in the bed without much or any air flow?

Also, should i be afraid of gas buildup from the battery?

I would also like to wire a switch in the cab for the inverter. It does not have a remote switch port, just the on/off switch. How could I go about this?

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IF you installed the battery in an enclosed, VENTED, proper battery box, you should have no problems.

The Power inverter SHOULD have it's own fan, depending on it's output wattage and how expensive it is..it should not need additional cooling..

The Isolator should not need cooling as it is intermittent duty .. however if you feel it is too hot, install a computer muffin fan to ease the heat.

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Thanks docvette, and is there a way to wire a switch from the inverter to the cab even though it does not have a remote switch terminal, all it has is an on/off switch?
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Does this inverter have a SMALL 14 gauge power wire AND BIG 4 gauge CABLES ?

IF so, just leave the power switch "on" run the SMALL power wire up to your switch , through the new switch and out to a fused switched source.

DO not attempt with the large cables, the switch won't handle the power, for those (if you have no small power wire) you will have to use a continuous duty solenoid, and power the energize with your switch.

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