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As some of you know, I use an electric winch for launch and retrieval of the boat. It is a bit of a pain carrying an extra battery around though ( my battery was terminally damaged when assisting retrieval of a mates boat, so I need another one anyway), so I was thinking of using the Landrovers battery to power the winch. This requires running a cable from the battery to the back of the Landy. I will be using a battery isolator switch under the bonnet together with a fuse, with anderson connectors at the back. What I would like to know is, has anyone done this before me? If so what size cable did you use? and anybody know of somewhere I can get cable at a reasonable price? I was thinking of using 3 or 4awg cable (6mm or 5mm diameter of actual wires) from battery to anderson, or would this be too small/ I do have some cable that is 8mm diameter, but it seems very heavy to me.
 

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Use your 8mm cable as minimum. When I've done this I've used even heavier welding cable.

I once ran an old Escort with a battery in the boot and cables forward, it caught fire due to overheated cables on the long run. I put it out though!
 
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What's the power rating of the winch? My old tractor winch was fitted with 22mm² leads, and I had to keep the engine running whilst using the winch, or the 120a/h battery was flattened in less than 30 seconds!
 

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It's not a very big winch, it's the Superwinch T1500, I think. The cables that are actually supplied on the winch are only 3mm diameter. Works fine off the spare battery and can launch and retrieve quite a few times before needing a recharge. Think I will go with the 8mm cable though, don't want a fire!
 

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had a similar set up on my land rover, the anderson plug was situated at the rear of the vehicle, the winch also had an anderson plug installed on it, i then had a separate lead that went from the winch to the plug on the vehicle.
You will need minimum 25m/m cable depending on the rating of the winch, and the length of the cable to be installed, if you are not sure ask any winch specialist and they should be able to advise, (i used a tri rated cable, you can get this from any decent electrical wholesaler) you will also need to protect it if you are going to install it beneath the vehicle, ( i used a 25m/m plastic coated metal flexible conduit, again available from a decent electrical wholesaler) make sure you install a circuit breaker or some form of overcurrent protective device at the battery end,( sometimes suplied with the winch)

As the previous poster said make sure you keep your engine running when you use the winch,

Best thing i ever fitted, made really light work of retrieving.
 

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As some of you know, I use an electric winch for launch and retrieval of the boat. It is a bit of a pain carrying an extra battery around though ( my battery was terminally damaged when assisting retrieval of a mates boat, so I need another one anyway), so I was thinking of using the Landrovers battery to power the winch. This requires running a cable from the battery to the back of the Landy. I will be using a battery isolator switch under the bonnet together with a fuse, with anderson connectors at the back. What I would like to know is, has anyone done this before me? If so what size cable did you use? and anybody know of somewhere I can get cable at a reasonable price? I was thinking of using 3 or 4awg cable (6mm or 5mm diameter of actual wires) from battery to anderson, or would this be too small/ I do have some cable that is 8mm diameter, but it seems very heavy to me.
Why not put a front tow ball on the landrover, easier to manouver and you can then use jump leads to power the winch

Job done

Cheers Ian
 

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I have been using a superwinch for about 8-10 years now. I have my towing vehicle & winch wired with 175amp Anderson plugs (the bigger ones).
The cable (fitted by an auto elec) is 12mm. A cable run from the battery to the back of the wagon, this is fused with a Mega Fuse. The earth is taken from the back of the wagon so this cable is short.
Other than loose/corroded connectors which have to checked/replaced occasionally I've had no bother. I did take out the thermo couplings in the winch power cable and have replaced the wire rope with webbing.
 

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It is a bit difficult to put a tow ball on the front of the landy as it is a freelander, they don't even make brackets for a winch (or so I am told). A lot of fabricating I would imagine! I would like to have the power disconnected from the battery when not in use as there are a lot of kids around here who like poking things into holes, could cause a short and a few problems. Battery isolator came today, picking up a fuse holder later, already have the Mega fuse and cable connectors and cable, so just waiting for the anderson connectors to come and a fine day to wire it all in. Thanks for the replies they are much appreciated, only have to get cable for extending the winch controls now, set of long jump leads may be? The ones on the winch are only 3mm diameter so I think jump leads would do!
 
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