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WHat type of wire to wire trailer with brakes?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by LawnMan883, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. LawnMan883

    LawnMan883 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 85

    I found some 7 conductor irrigation wire that looked nice, but would 18 gauge wire do the job? Is that something i should even consider? What do you recommend for re-wiring a trailer?
  2. mini14

    mini14 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 236

    14 is the smallest that i would use...
  3. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    18 might be OK for lighting, but for brakes #12 or #14, and if you have an aux. battery charge line, #10 with a 30A circuit breaker off the truck battery.
  4. LawnMan883

    LawnMan883 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 85

    Ok, i will just run larger wire. I have no battery or breakaway stuff on the trailer. While i am rewiring it should that be something i add? Also would it be helpful to add 2 more brakes to the front axle of the trailer? Currently only the rear has brakes.
  5. xcopterdoc

    xcopterdoc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 752

    I would go with some 14/6 wire. Check online or with your trailer dealer. They should be able to hook you up.

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