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Old 05-18-2007, 07:48 AM
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Winch electrical set up?

Been hand winchin 54 Roadmasters up on my car hauling trailer for years and finally found a good deal on a electric 8,000 lb winch from a Jeep. How does everyone power theirs? I plan on just using a battery but not sure it will have enough power. Could I run heavy ga. wire from the truck battery or would I loose power like that. Any help or ideas greatly appreciated.

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It should be fine to run heavy cable to the back of the truck. I helped a friend of mine set up his race trailer like that. He switched his battery over to a 950cca interstate workaholic. We used welding cable but you should be able to find the right gauge at a parts store or on line. We used P-clips to attach it with self tapping screws to the frame. He bought a quick disconnect and attached it to the bumper . He would leave the truck running just to make sure he didn't pull the battery down. Which I told him wasn't likely unless he ran it for a very long time. But Like he said His way he was sure it wasn't going down. He also eventually used the power port on the back of the truck to hook up an AC power inverter he would use at the track and camping . I think he eventually up graded his alternator to a 100A when the old one crapped out. I think he also eventually installed a large fuse in line 300A or so, been a few years trying to remember all the particulars. Good luck Brian
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