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Old 06-02-2017, 10:20 AM   #1
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High Voltage drop to Slide Motor

Good day folk

I just purchased a 2017 Sportman Classic 181BH.
I noticed the slide felt "sluggish" like the motor is not getting proper juice.
Decided to do a test and by-pass existing wiring and check with booster cable strait to the battery.
I had just "un-plug" the converter .
Battery voltage is 13volts
When checking voltage at the motor with existing wire that goes all around the trailer to the switch and back. It showed 10.85 volts. More than 2 volt drop in the wires.
The battery voltage stayed the same.
Then I checked with booster cable #6 or 8, cheap kind 6' long
12.46volts !!!

13.0v at battery
10.85v at motor existing wire
12.45v at motor booster cable

It peaks at 14 amp in both scenarios.

Motor sounds better with booster cable.

Is this normal?
I'm thinking to had relays to remove a lot of the small wiring length.
And by doing so it should lengthen the life of the motor.

What are your thoughts on the subject?
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