extending trolling motor cables.

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extending trolling motor cables.

Post by kooldecker » 11 May 2019, 14:59

hi folks,
I have a quick question regarding extending my trolling motor cables. I'm going to use a pair of jumper cables 4 gauge to extend my trolling motor to put my batteries up front. my question is do I need to take the leads all the way up into the motor? or can I just cut them off close to the head and go from there? thanks again for all your help!

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extending trolling motor cables.

Post by gnappi » 11 May 2019, 17:53

I wouldn't.

Jumper cables are often made of plastic covered copper clad aluminum wire and they are not meant for permanent deployment in a continuous heavy duty harsh environment.

The right OFC marine gauge wire (home run not spliced) doesn't cost that much more... IMO.

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Post by eshaw » 12 May 2019, 11:08

I'd suggest that you situate the batteries where you want them. From there run you some heavier gauge wire (depends on the distance you're covering) and install quick connect. Put the other half of the quick connect on the end of your trolling motor and call it a day. This way you aren't cutting your trolling motor wires short and you still have a way to remove it you want or need to later.

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Post by marshman » 22 May 2019, 17:21

Jumper cables WILL get hot running a trolling motor.. don’t do it... or... keep a good serviceable fire extinguisher handy!!

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Post by LDUBS » 23 May 2019, 01:03

KoolDeck -- your screen name brings back some pretty old memories. I worked for a swimming pool company back in the late 60's and among other things used to do kool decks. Wondered if that is what your screen name is based on.
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