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Old July 26th, 2011, 09:09 AM   #1
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Default Best size winch for mounting on a trailer?

Is 3K enough for hauling vehicles up? Looking to outfit a buddy's trailer for him in return for letting me use it so much.
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Old July 26th, 2011, 09:11 AM   #2
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I'd spend a few more bucks and go with the 4500. With a snatch block it will tug just about any dead vehicle up that thing.
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For the money look on ebay at Viper winches who are being sold by Moto Alliance. I just bought a 4500lb kit for the RZR. Good value, with good reviews.
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Sam's hand them Champion winch's For $299 they were like a 9000lb with flat mounting plate & controls. thought about putting one on my trailer since my ramp is so steep.
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I have a 2500 Champion ( 80 or 90 $ at Sam's Club) and haven't had any trouble with it I pulled a Tahoe up small incline onto my trailer
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I love my warn,but have been really impressed with the winches from harbor freight.
A freind put a receiver, and a battery box, on the front of both of his trailers.
He runs a 8500 harbor freight winch,and moves it from trailer to trailer, and uses it on his truck also.maybe more then you are looking for,but you would be one hell off a good freind.
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I have a 2500 Champion ( 80 or 90 $ at Sam's Club) and haven't had any trouble with it I pulled a Tahoe up small incline onto my trailer
I have a 3K Champion on my Honda Rancher. Not sure how old it is because it was on there when I bought the quad but I have had periodic trouble with it. The outside of the housing looks brand new but I find myself tearing it apart several times a year to clean it so it will work again. I mainly use it in the winter for plowing. The funny thing is it will work fine all winter...go to use it in the spring and it won't work. I think it is the long periods of inactivity that is killing it. When it is working, it is a tough little winch.

Probably going to spend the money and go Warn for the next one.
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I have a 2500 super on my car hauler, works great, tied the battery into my trialer plug so it charges the battery on the trailer.
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Why do you need a winch on your trailer? My shit is able to drive back on after a day of wheeling.
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Buy a 8K smittybuilt for $300
http://www.winchdepot.com/Winches-Wi...S%2fB97281
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Why do you need a winch on your trailer? My shit is able to drive back on after a day of wheeling.
Because it's used for many other things besides taking an overbuilt Jeep out for geriatric antics.
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I've used a 2500lb warn ATV winch, which worked with a snatch block OK, but I wanted more. I'm putting a cheapie 8k that I have from a Jeep I bought on there, which should be fine.

The snatch block + ATV winch can be short on cable in a lot of situations, something like 20-22ft from the winch to the vehicle you are pulling, trying to leave enough wraps on the drum. With a full size winch, you can be 30-40-50 ft away with the trailer, and have someone steer the vehicle quite a bit. I've been in those situations where you can't or don't want to get the trailer right up to where the thing is that you are trying to winch.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 08:16 AM   #13
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Excellent points, Jason. This will also help in harvesting lumber...
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http://www.harborfreight.com/5000-lb...e-001b2166c2c0


Glad this came up. This is what I'm looking to use. Big enough?



Hard to beat $179 for occasional use.
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