Originally Posted by CampingFool
I recently had my 12v battery stolen out of my 2012 Forest River Rockwood Freedom 1950 tent camper. The Thief just cut the wiring. I'm left with 4 wires and do not know exactly where they were connected. #1 is large white Ground and is directly connected at one end to the frame. #2 is the brake system orange/black power wire. #3 is a red wire that appears to go the the switch for the electric winch. #4 is a black wire that appears to go to the winch switch as well.
Where do this wires connect?
My "educated" & common sense answer is that the brake power wire goes to the positive terminal on the battery and the white ground wire goes directly to the the negative post. Is this correct? and do each of the the remaining wires goes as follows:
Red to positive black to negative.
If I'm reading this right, then I don't see any wires that go to power the actual trailer itself (I.e. the fridge, lights, etc...). First, let's summarize what you've got:
1) White - Ground (Obvious by connection to frame)
2) Orange/Black - Brake's breakaway power?
3) Red - Electric Winch
4) Black - Electric Winch
Since you traced #1 and #2, you're probably pretty safe with those. The White will go to the negative terminal and the orange/black will go to the positive.
#3 and #4 are the ones in question. One of these should actually be the power for the whole trailer, and it's most likely the one with the larger diameter if they're different sizes.
The other one is questionable. It 'might' be the the power for the electric winch, independent of the power for the whole trailer, or it 'might' be the negative for the electric winch, independent of the ground on the frame.
Your best bet is to trace them further first, and open things up if necessary, because you want to be 100% certain where a wire ends up before you start hooking power up to it.