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Suggestions needed for a trailer loading winch.

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Karl Schmitt

Suggestions needed for a trailer loading winch.
« on: April 05, 2019, 11:07:57 AM »
Hi Wedge guys. I need to install a small electric winch on my car haul trailer

to assist with the loading of my various sports cars. Driving them up the ramp

now intimidates me (getting older), so I am considering a winch.



Harbor Freight has their smaller Badland 2500 lb. capacity, #61840, wireless

remote control winch on sale for $50 and I am considering its purchase.



Your comments and suggestions would be appreciated. Would it have adequate

power or would I have to use an additional snatch block/ pulley to get the

job done. My use will be infrequent. Also, how might I brake the cable as I

push off the car as this winch free wheels in the reverse direction I

believe?



Thank you, Karl Schmitt of St. Louis, SLTOA & The Wedge Group.

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John Peacock

Re: Suggestions needed for a trailer loading winch.
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2019, 11:22:13 AM »
I would go with a little larger unit.  It will pull 2500lbs but it has to go

up a ramp and there is resistance etc.  They arenbt exactly super high

quality units, and if you are pushing them to their limit every time you use

it, it will not last long.





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Eldon Zacek

Re: Suggestions needed for a trailer loading winch.
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2019, 11:57:31 AM »
Karl,



I use a winch all the time to load my cars on/in the trailers. My

winches are 4500# versions to make sure there are no issues. The winches

slow down as load is applied so the 2500# winch will not move the car at

much of a rate once the load starts increasing from the inclination of

the ramps. I have one of the Harbor Freight Badland winches on my open

trailer and I believe it is rated around 5000#. I would not go smaller

than that. It is very nice to have the RF remote control because is

allows you to load the car yourself since you can steer the car as you

walk along side of it. As far as unloading, you just run the winch in

the opposite direction and it will do all of the braking operation needed.



Later,

Eldon

mark farver

Re: Suggestions needed for a trailer loading winch.
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2019, 01:02:02 PM »
Eldon,



 A friend cut off a finger with one of these.  Probably all his fault but, I think Ibd feel safer with a wired control. FYI



Good luck,



Mark







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Eldon Zacek

Re: Suggestions needed for a trailer loading winch.
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2019, 02:17:56 PM »
Mark,



I actually find the RF controls obnoxious because there is somewhere

around a couple of second delay from pushing the button to the winch

actually moving. The problem with the wired one for my application is

that the wire would be around 40+ feet long to reach the car. Also,

there is no excuse for "Stupid Human Tricks".



Later,

Eldon

Gary Butzke

Re: Suggestions needed for a trailer loading winch.
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2019, 03:12:58 PM »
Greetings all,

I'm a newcomer to the list and already enjoy the interactions and info. I'm

inclined to agree with the quirkiness of the remote control winches -

they've been known to keep winching when you don't want them too. I've got

a 12,000 lb winch on my trailer for loading antique engines and tractors.

Extending the hard wired control isn't a big issue. Buy an appropriate

length extension cord (50 feet in my case), cut the wire to your winch

control in half and install a couple of mating 110 ac plugs (careful not to

cross any wires). If you're stuck loading by yourself insert the extension

cord. If there's a competent friend or bystander nearby, then there's no

need for the extension cord.

Gary

Steve Stancliff

Re: Suggestions needed for a trailer loading winch.
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2019, 01:03:35 PM »
I use the Master Lock 2953AT.  About $50 at Pep Boys.



Keep in mind that a "2000 lb" winch will pull a 6500 lb vehicle up a

typical 20* trailer ramp.



I don't use the winch for unloading.  Two people required for that.



-Steve