Electric reel wiring

I have a electric reel just trying to figure the best way to wire it… also how would I go about wiring 4 of them?

Here are some questions:

  • i have two 12v battery’s does the ground on the batteries need to be ground to the flatbed?

  • can the ground on the titan hose reels run right to the ground on the battery? And then the battery be grounded to the flat bed or does each reel need to be grounded separate

  • can you run all the power from the reels to one fuse and then hook them up to the battery ? Or should each reel have its own fuse ?

  • on the titan hose reels it looks like the motor is grounded to the reel . Will that be good enough for a ground? If that is good enough I should be able to run a power wire to all reels and not worry about a ground

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I’m tuned in, be doing the same next week. Like to see some pics even.

DAluminum, or steel flatbed?

Either one will conduct electricity quite well. But grounding to aluminum will cause galvanic corrosion over time due to the electricity passing through dissimilar metals.

Same will go for your reels, if they’re aluminum. Run a thick ground wire, 10 gauge or larger, to the closest point of the frame or other grounded steel object. It’s not necessary or advantageous to run your ground all the way back to the battery if it’s a long run.

For either ground or positive, you can daisy chain your connections from one reel to another, if it makes sense to do so. You want your wires kept as short as reasonably possible. So for a stacked set of reels, daisy chaining them makes sense. For reels next to each other, it might make more sense to run separate wiring.

Fuse your power (positive) wire as close to the battery as possible.


I have a steel bed … was going to use 4 gauge power and ground and run all 4 to distribution block that will connect off the batteries…I think that should work… kinda like a boat when you have a block at the helm to run all your electronics off that block … my question is do I need to run a ground from the negative side of the battery to the steel bed

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I didn’t. But I only kept electric reels for about 2 weeks before I took them off the trucks. Probably not long enough to have developed a problem. @Infinity and @squidskc are much better at electric stuff than I’ll ever be

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I would do what Alex mentioned and just ground the negative from each reel directly to the bed. This will prevent you from having to run a separate ground all the way back to the battery. You will then have to run a short ground from the battery neg to the bed.


FTFY :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
Finally got you

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Don’t make us bing that. What does it mean?

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Fixed that for you. FTFY

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Infinity is the punctuation and grammar police and always says “FTFY”(fixed that for you).
I finally had a chance to (FYFH):blush:


I think we should iniate a no abbreviation rule in appreciation to those born in the 60’s and 70’s that don’t know what y’all are talking about. Or the 30’s. Forgot about @Racer and @MrSparkleVA


I was born in the early 90’s and don’t know 3/4 of these abbreviations I’ve been seeing lately

Anything more than lol, IBS, and USMC and I don’t have a clue.

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He’s just envious of our superior wisdom, lol.


@Infinity how do you jump from one reel to a 2nd reel? Do you run the positive from reel 1 selenoid to reel 2 selenoid or straight to the power button on reel 2?

I just ran a jumper wire between the positive contact posts on each reel.

Basically, wherever you would’ve wired the positive lead straight from the battery, that’s where you connect to with the jumper wire.


is 10 gauge wire good enough for power line, or should I go with bigger?


10 is fine to each reel. If you are using a busbar to link it all to, then a larger wire would be best to power that bar

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If you are using the trailer chassis as your ground path, then you need to ground your battery to the chassis as well. If you run a dedicated ground back to the battery, then it doesn’t need to be grounded to the chassis.