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Old 10-28-2009, 08:55 AM   #1
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12v Winch Plugs?

I want to add the big 12v plugs that people use for jumper cables and winches. Getting down to find the + stud with Jumpers is not something I want to do in this. Ever.

Is there a standard size? What is the most common (if there are different sizes/shapes)?

What is a good source for these plug ends?

What guage wires should I run?

Also where can I get appropriate fuses?
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Old 10-28-2009, 09:57 AM   #2
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Re: 12v Winch Plugs?

Isn't there a Jump-start point under the hood?
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Old 10-28-2009, 10:17 AM   #3
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Re: 12v Winch Plugs?

Both my starter batteries are under the side doors and the jump point is just in front of the rear wheel on the frame. 2005 6.0 Diesel... if there is one in the hood I don't know about it.
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Old 10-28-2009, 11:07 AM   #4
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Re: 12v Winch Plugs?

Anderson Power Products has 350A connectors commonly used in electric forklifts. Safe and polarized.

http://www.andersonpower.com/products/multipole-sb.html

They are available from Grainger:

http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/items/3BY27?Pid=search
http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/items/3BY28?Pid=search

or from Newark Electronics:

http://www.newark.com/anderson-power-pr ... dp/93B6265
More colors are available from Newark:
http://www.newark.com/jsp/search/result ... ower_Prods

They run about $20-30 each and there is only one style, it plugs into the identical part. You can also get smaller versions, 50A, 120A, 175A depending on the wire size you are running. The 350A version fits 2/0 cable. Maybe the 120A or 175A might work better for you.

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Old 10-28-2009, 12:09 PM   #5
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Re: 12v Winch Plugs?

I put them on my winch in the aluminess bumper. I now just unplug the winch and plug in my jumper cables. The plugs can be bought one at a time so I bought 3 and modified my jumper cable with one. I now keep them coiled in beside the winch.
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Old 10-28-2009, 03:13 PM   #6
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Re: 12v Winch Plugs?

I had a set up with these connectors on my Westy

Hard wired female end to the starter battery

the other male end on my jumpers

great set up

Plan on the same deal on Wilson

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Old 10-29-2009, 06:22 PM   #7
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Re: 12v Winch Plugs?

I did the same thing with my winch. Used these plugs and made a set of jumpers with a plug on one end. One note: My wife had the van one weekend with her girlfriends and they tried to help some folks with a jump start. They plugged into the wires from the winch, not from the battery, since both plugs are the same and they were not marked... Not much help with the jump start that way! The plugs are now marked.

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Old 10-29-2009, 06:29 PM   #8
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Re: 12v Winch Plugs?

I do not use them for the Winch but have a set of 20' Cables and a plug on the front and rear of the van. A local shop called Polar Wire makes them custom and they use a cable made just for them that stays flexible to 40 below. I just measured for the hookup at the rear and used thier ready made 6" for the front. I have covers for the plugs as they are exposed now (untill the Aluminess bumpers come in) and a latch that holds the cables/plugs together.
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Re: 12v Winch Plugs?

I was going to do the same thing but have yet to get to it. Got all the parts sitting around here somewhere.

A cheap version is to find an old welder and pull the plugs and cables off it.

For now I usually carry one of those battery chargers with a jump mode to help folks out. Not the best but it usually works. I'm a little leery about jumping off my rig, especially those less than desirable looking vehicles
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