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Just getting started planning for the electrical work for the center console LCD's and the Toys. I have not done any electrical addins in this truck and wondered if anybody had a favorite method for pulling switched power? I will be running a new fused 8 guage from the Optima for constant power. Still considering a second battery for the toys. There are some good threads on that at mp3car.com.

Also going to be hooking up a 7500 lbs winch in the back on a removable hitch mounted bracket and will use a branch of that constant power for that one.
 

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with that much juice draw i would go sreaight from battery and put an in line fuse in, something like a 30a
 

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that is definately something I'd been thinking about, I just am trying to be careful that I don't end up in a position where the power to the lcd's can be left on.
 

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there are places in the fuse box for new acc. usually marked acc. or ign. check them with a test light to see which one is turned off when you turn key off. then just use a connector on that one and put an inline fuse in to protect your equipment in the console.
 

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You'd be suprised to see how heavy my 1927 studebaker is when its not running ;-). I frequently have to load dead wieght cars on a flatbed and I have probably used up all my available "beer labor" with this task already. Hoping that this will enable me to load by my self.
 

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I have a friend who hauls a lot of junk cars to the bone yards on his flatbed. he has the winch attached to the flat bed, mounted on the front of the trailer. we then welded a tool box, big enuf for a full size car battery and a couple of 30' chains. he runs a round trailer wire conector with 6 or 7 wires i forget right now, but anyway the center lead is for power to that spare battery for the winch that way he always has a fully charged battery for the winch. even when he's not hiched to it the battery will pull a burb up on the trailer with no trouble.
just an idea i thought i should pass along.
 

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very cool setup, I had considered that method also but my business partner shares my trailer and is not as "careful" with equipment as I am. I determined it would be in the interest of longevity to make the winch mounted on a hitch extension that would be on my truck instead of the trailer.
 

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Yeah, I've been around people like that. It's hard to be in business with someone that operates on a different level in terms of care, etc.
 
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