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what size trailer winch do you use???????

Discussion in 'Tow & Trailer' started by JEBSR, Jul 7, 2006.

  1. JEBSR

    JEBSR 1/2 ton status

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    I want to put a winch on my new trailer but I can't afford a nice 8000 or so winch after buying a new trailer, box, etc. Thinking about putting a 2,000 lb mm trailer/atv winch on for now. Anyone have any experience with these?
     
  2. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    well i have a 1ton truck and to pull it up on my trailer it uses all its power. i have a 6k ramsey i got used but like new.

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  3. 88sub4x4

    88sub4x4 1/2 ton status

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    it's too light duty for a full size vehicle imo. You will need to use a snatch block to double the power at the very least. Have you looked at the cheapy harbor freight ones? I have used a 8K one for general utility stuff and it worked great. not sure if i'd trust it in the woods, but for a trailer it would be good.
     
  4. JEBSR

    JEBSR 1/2 ton status

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    Thats what I'm thinking too. Just trying make something work that I shouldn't I guess. Oh well sooner or later I'll be able to pick up another good winch.
     
  5. perp

    perp 1/2 ton status

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    I got a 8k ramsey and it had to work a little to pull this bos truck on the trailer with a straight line. if you get a china winch you really need a snatch block IMO

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  6. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze 1/2 ton status

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    I use a Harbour Freight 8k with a snatch block, pulls it right on up.

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    I just pulled a 73 K5 onto the deckover (with 8' ramps) on Sat. First time I actually used the 2000 lb winch. The winch stalled with a straight pull, had to use a snatch block. HTH
     
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    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    It seems like this would be the perfect place for one of the cheep Chinese winches. Unless you can find a good deal on a Ramsey RE worm drive winch. I've got a Warn XD9000 on mine, mostly because that is what was there when I bought it. I've used it to pull a couple ton boulder off my trailer and to pull an axle-less pickup on and off it. I wouldn't go any less than 6k lbs. Either way make sure you use a good battery.
     
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    An 8K winch isn't necessarily a bad idea to use on a trailer, but a majority of the time you really don't need that much power. On the other hand a 2K winch would likely be a little small if you wanted to haul fullsize trucks onto the trailer, however if you unspooled the cable down to the last wrap and had a good battery it probably could pull most free-wheeling trucks onto a normal trailer..........remember that with each layer of cable still on the drum you are losing a LOT of pulling power.

    Just keep in mind that even if the trucks weighs 8,000 lbs., you don't need anywhere near that amount to roll it around. However the power of a larger winch could be nice for dragging stuff like rocks or vehicles sitting on the frame onto a trailer.
     
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    I plan on putting an old 8274 I have laying around on a multimount to use on my trailer. What size wire should I run from the battery to the rear of the tow rig to power it? (~20 feet) 1/0?
     
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    I have one of those HF 9500 *just like the milemaker*

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  12. gmc4cw

    gmc4cw 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    put a fullsize battery on the trailer with heavy gauge wire to the winch. with a decent size trickle charge wire for it from the truck. thats what I have. you are only pulling hard for a short distance. just up the ramps, the length of the deck is easy. I just let the towrig idle while I am pulling.

    I pulled a truck up without a front axle and didn't have any problems with draining the battery. used a crappy no name 8000 lb winch.

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    My solution...........


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    I've got a Champion 3000lb winch from Tractor Supply on my trailer and it'll pull a 1 ton truck on good tires with single line or a car on flats with a snatch block. It's good enough for my needs.
     
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    Dontoe.......It looks like that receiver hitch is just welded at the top and then on the bottom to the trailer. How much weight have you pulled with it done like that. I am looking to put something on my trailer and that looks like the simplest thing I have seen.
     

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