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Trailer Winch Sizing

Discussion in 'Tow & Trailer' started by TerryD, Nov 27, 2016.

  1. TerryD

    TerryD Mildly demented... Premium Member

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    I have a tag along trailer that I'm wanting to put a winch on. It's a low boy we use to haul vehicles on and has two 3500lb axles with a single braking axle. I'm torn between getting a 3500lb winch and a snatch block or getting something closers to the trailer's rating and having the ability to double that with a snatch block.

    We've used a manual come along till now and I'm getting tired of cranking on that thing. Having to haul the Xterra home a few months ago got me thinking about how nice it would be to be able to just push a button and pull something up.
     
  2. skunked

    skunked in the garage Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    just went through a similar scenario with the box trailer, chose the 5k simply because it was only a few bucks more.
     
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    obijuank5 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Will you be pulling up a dead rock crawler with a broken knuckle or something with much less resistance.
    5k generally will do most anything that rolls ok.
     
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  4. TerryD

    TerryD Mildly demented... Premium Member

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    I will be hauling the K5 on it so that's entirely possible.

    That's what I've been thinking as well. A couple bucks almost doubles the capacity plus I've considered swapping in a pair of 7k axles if I can find them.

    I've also got to figure out how to enclose and protect the winch since it sits outside all the time.
     
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    skunked in the garage Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    My flatbed has a warn 8274 on it and they make winch covers for them that strap over it. When it's being stored I flip a Tupperware container upside down over it to keep it out of the weather.
     
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    I went totally overkill, 8000# Ramsey purchased at a swap meet for $200.00. I do not regret it a bit .It pulls full size trucks with flat tires / broken suspensions on with no problem.
    Whatever winch you choose I would try to mount it as low as possible.
     
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    yellowK20 Well Lubricated Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Not really a winch size recommendation , but buy one of those tool boxes that are designed to go on the tounge of the trailer and mount the battery and winch inside it so they are more secure ,
     
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    skunked in the garage Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Those tongue boxes are great, I have one on the flat bed that houses my battery, straps and misc tools. Bought it at harbor freight.
     
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    ktmoutfront Stuck going nowhere fast Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Just a plastic large box at the front on the deck works to enclose a winch also.

    I picked up a 9500 XRC winch at 4WP grand opening for $250.
     
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    I have a Harbor Freight for mounting on my trailer when ever I get one.
     

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