Need some help selecting a big cutoff switch.

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Find a nice switch to run a high amp solenoid

Probably not a good idea, and I'll explain why:

You'd have to wire it so the relay/solenoid is only energized when the winch is going to be used, but the current draw of the winch being used will probably cause enough voltage drop to make the relay drop out. Net result? Chattering and arcing which will quickly destroy the relay.

Now, if it's a dual battery system, and the two batteries are isolated, then the relay can go on one and the winch on the other.
 

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I want to keep it simple, but I do kind of like the idea of a small wire in the cab instead.
 

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I look into the solenoid thing a bit further. I was trying to keep it simple, but a single power wire running into the cab sounds easier to install. If I do go that route, I am guessing I do not need a fuse.
 

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What type of solenoid should I use? Where in the line should the fuse be? In the wire to the switch? Or do I run a large one on the cable?
 

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Solenoids usually are for high amperage applications and are not fused. If you were to use on it will need to be rated pretty high.

You can always run a fused circuit to the switch lead.
 

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