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Old 11 December 2008, 18:19   #11
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Thanks for all the replies to this. Still trying to work out how to do it as I don't want to be lugging a battery on and off the trailer and there's no where to fit one in the boot.

Codprawn, I was told to stay away from wire rope because if they do snap they effing SNAP!!
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Old 12 December 2008, 05:23   #12
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Thanks for all the replies to this. Still trying to work out how to do it as I don't want to be lugging a battery on and off the trailer and there's no where to fit one in the boot.
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It really isn't that difficult to run a cable from engine to boot > you only need a single (+) from the battery to the connector ( 60a Anderson type is good) and then a short lead from the connector to earth in the boot area. Use a flexi 6 or 8 swg cable
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Old 12 December 2008, 06:13   #13
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Thanks Jeff,
Car is VW transporter shuttle LWB and 17ft long and with seats and rubber flooring it would be hard to route. I could take it under the car though.
I'm not to hot on Electrics. Couldn't I rig it up so I could plug it into the the Towbar jack? I've only got single electrics though.
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Car is VW transporter shuttle LWB and 17ft long and with seats and rubber flooring it would be hard to route. I could take it under the car though.
I'm not to hot on Electrics. Couldn't I rig it up so I could plug it into the the Towbar jack? I've only got single electrics though.
I would think that winch current draw is far above that for which towbar jacks are rated, after all they're only really there to carry a low current to the lights. The actual cables are tiny.
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Bugger, would have been a nice easy option!
Really don't want to start routing wires through the car. I'm hoping to change it next summer.

Looks like getting a battery plate fab'ed on the trailer and some kind of light weight box to keep the elements out then. Cheers for the help Havener
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How about a cheap jump start power pack and an Anderson connector?

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How about a cheap jump start power pack and an Anderson connector?

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I think John's on to a good one there! Bloody cheap too. Nice one, could get a winch, jump start and all the bits for less than a ton! great stuff.
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Slightly OT but as somebody mentioned straps - I use some Dyneema-Bowrope intended for 4x4 winches on my trailer winch and its much better than the old wire rope and supposedly UV resistant too
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The reason i don't like wire is that it tends to jam itself on the drum and go between the other layers - rope would be the same. A strap is so wide it can only go on the proper way.
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The reason i don't like wire is that it tends to jam itself on the drum and go between the other layers - rope would be the same. A strap is so wide it can only go on the proper way.
I agree with the wire part, but the 4x4 recovery rope is the best for a powered winch with a roller fairlead. The straps tend to fold over and you don't want to put your fingers near to a powered drum to try and sort it
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