HiHad a little look yesterday at places to fit connectors for external equipment I intend fitting later. I've always looked at the inside reveal of the tailgate as a good possible spot to mount stuff discretely without drilling holes in the roof.
I found two positions to fit 50A Anderson connectors without fouling anything.
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There should be plenty of room to fit wires through and around when the tailgate closes within reason. One of these will be for power to the roof tent, the other will be a different colour for connecting a solar panel if and when I get one.
Future plans are for some radio coax cables to run through if I can find suitable angled connectors and possibly lighting.
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This one I use for solar panels
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This side feeds up to the roof rack.
Fixing is by Stainless 3mm screws into M3 nutserts and I’ve sealed the tops with a rubber compound called Sugru. Not cheap but very good. I also put a pad of Sugru behind each connector to help it sit firmly against the contours of the body there. I trimmed a little bit off the top corner to give clearance to the door and all is good.
Downsides are that you are limited to the cable size that can go out through the gap between the tailgate and the body and placement of these is key to stopping them being pinched unnecessarily.
Worth thinking of a bit of clear plastic body protector where the cables go though as they could cause a bit of localised wear to the paint over time.
If you remove the trim rubber round the aperture and gently ease the headlining down depending on which type you have, you can get in behind where there is plenty of room. There’s a lot of bits of metal come together there but easy enough to drill with a 20mm hole saw or step drill. I also made a bolted connection in behind there for an earth connection to the body. It is possible to fish the wires down the rear pillars but there’s all sorts of fun bits in there to get in the way of your fishing rod. It seemed to go better one way than the other but I remember it being a bit of a swine.