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Trailer Winch?
#1363694 Sat Jun 06 2020 02:18 PM
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I'm just now finishing up mounting a 12,000# winch on the duel tandem gooseneck trailer.
Next step is to mount a winch on the 16' light truck/car hauler.
What size winch would be good and not be too big?
3,000#, 6,000# or 9,000#?
It will not be used very much and will be covered against the weather all the time.

All thoughts are Welcome.
Maybe I'll get to haul Ron's fantasy Plymouth some day.

Don

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Re: Trailer Winch?
2-Ton #1363698 Sat Jun 06 2020 02:39 PM
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My Brother has a 4,500# Badlands on his 16 Ft trailer, the winch is strong enough to drag most anything. The price was right too less than $300.00 at HF. Being direct drive it doesn't draw many amps, we have run it on a jump box on a couple occasions.

Last edited by TUTS 59; Sat Jun 06 2020 02:44 PM.

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Re: Trailer Winch?
2-Ton #1363705 Sat Jun 06 2020 03:27 PM
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The 12,000 pounder from Harbor Fright is what I mounted on the gooseneck.
Will be used just a couple times a year.
Have not tried it yet and it will have it's own battery.

For the lighter duty car hauler, I think 12'000# is way overkill.
This one is what I'm thinking about and I have that 20% discount coupon.
https://www.harborfreight.com/autom...-automatic-load-holding-brake-68144.html

Thanks Craig!
Let's see what other folks think about a seldom used tool.
Then again, it may be used more than I thought.
The Heartland Pony Express is alive and well!

Don


Of all the things I've lost in my life, I miss my mind the most!

1967 GMC 9500 Fire Ladder Truck
"The Flag Pole"
In the Stovebolt Gallery [stovebolt.com]
More pix on Photobucket [s893.photobucket.com]
'46 2-Ton grain truck
'48 3/4-ton grain truck
'50 2-ton flatbed
'54 Pontiac Straight Eight
'70 American LaFrance pumper fire truck.
Re: Trailer Winch?
2-Ton #1363706 Sat Jun 06 2020 04:31 PM
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Don, if you are going to use it to haul cars/trucks or an occasional tractor you will be much happier with a 9000# setup.šŸ› 


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Re: Trailer Winch?
2-Ton #1363707 Sat Jun 06 2020 04:45 PM
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Thanks Martin!
I may go with the 12,000# setup, It's only 10 bucks higher than the 9,000#.
Way overkill for a 7,000# trailer
For how much it will be used, Harbor Fright is what I'm thinking about.
Keep it protected from the weather, lubed and it should last the rest of my life.
Other than get a new battery every five years,

Don


Of all the things I've lost in my life, I miss my mind the most!

1967 GMC 9500 Fire Ladder Truck
"The Flag Pole"
In the Stovebolt Gallery [stovebolt.com]
More pix on Photobucket [s893.photobucket.com]
'46 2-Ton grain truck
'48 3/4-ton grain truck
'50 2-ton flatbed
'54 Pontiac Straight Eight
'70 American LaFrance pumper fire truck.
Re: Trailer Winch?
2-Ton #1363728 Sat Jun 06 2020 08:18 PM
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Originally Posted by 2-Ton
This one is what I'm thinking about and I have that 20% discount coupon.
https://www.harborfreight.com/autom...-automatic-load-holding-brake-68144.html

Don, the 20% coupons don't work on any of their winches...read the very fine print...

I agree the 12,000 pounder is what you want...

Mike B smile

Re: Trailer Winch?
2-Ton #1363739 Sat Jun 06 2020 09:05 PM
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With a 50 FT cable you can use a snatch block and double your pulling power.

https://www.harborfreight.com/search?q=winch%20snatch%20block


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Re: Trailer Winch?
2-Ton #1363748 Sat Jun 06 2020 11:01 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions!
I have a snatch block from my Jeeping days years ago.
Pictures of the Gooseneck mount will be posted latter.
Other priorities came up today.
If you marry a true RedHead, it means you are a real man.

Don


Of all the things I've lost in my life, I miss my mind the most!

1967 GMC 9500 Fire Ladder Truck
"The Flag Pole"
In the Stovebolt Gallery [stovebolt.com]
More pix on Photobucket [s893.photobucket.com]
'46 2-Ton grain truck
'48 3/4-ton grain truck
'50 2-ton flatbed
'54 Pontiac Straight Eight
'70 American LaFrance pumper fire truck.
Re: Trailer Winch?
2-Ton #1363804 Sun Jun 07 2020 11:33 AM
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Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
Don, his post and one reply were deleted as being sexist. This is, after all, a family friendly site.


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'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
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ā€˜39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe
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Re: Trailer Winch?
2-Ton #1363807 Sun Jun 07 2020 11:59 AM
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Well, I like you guys and count you as personal friends so I can not idly stand by and let you put yourselves (and others) at risk without speaking up.

Well, call me whatever you want to (ill-informed, snob, etc), but for the life of me, I can not begin to understand why we are using the words "winch" and "Harbor Freight" in the same sentence -- especially if you also throw in "snatch block." Some of you involved in this discussion should know better!

With all of the forces involved in some of our hauling adventures, this is *not* the area to go cheap on. To save a few bucks, you are going to trust your physical safety (and possibly your life) to some low-buck Chinese crap? Have any of you even seen what happens when a cable or a winch drum hub or any part of the winching system fails under a strain? Saving a few bucks on wrenches and screw drivers is one thing. But we're talking big time equipment here with the potential to cause a LOT of damage, and even death, when it fails. "most of the time" "Usually" "probably" "not likely to need more margin..." etc doesn't cut it when your life depends on it. Here, we need 110 percent confidence and performance 110 percent of the time, gang.

I don't care whether we are talking little Tommy's red tricycle or 7,000 lbs of dead truck (ATV winch or bigger) -- Winching is NOT the area to go cheap. Pay the big bucks and get a *real* winch. Your life depends on it. Look at what the pros use. Check out a professional tow/recovery truck sometime -- you won't see any HF junk there.

In addition to the winch itself, pay a LOT of attention to your cable, chains, hooks, clips, blocks, attachment points, installation, etc. Failure of any of these things under a strain can be catastrophic. Have we had the logging chain versus real chain discussion yet??? Think a chain is a chain is a chain, huh?? Same with cable.

Call me a snob all you want. I'm just trying to keep you attached to your legs and arms.
John


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