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Car Trailer Loading Winch.

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Karl Schmitt

Car Trailer Loading Winch.
« on: April 08, 2019, 09:42:35 AM »
Hi Wedge Guys, Thanks for your suggestions for a trailer mounted electric

winch. I will go for the next larger size @3500 lb. capacity. No sense in

tempting fate with their bottom line @2500 lb. model (Harbor Freight).

Still need to come up with a cable brake of some sort for unloading the car as

I want this to be a one man operation. One thought has been to unload with the

parking brake on, either full or partial to reduce the off load speed. Another

possibility would be to adjust the tilt of the trailer (with the built in

hitch jack), again to control the off load speed.

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



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Mark Elbers

Re: Car Trailer Loading Winch.
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2019, 10:19:29 AM »
Karl,  keep in mind that the vehicle should roll freely and you can increase

the pulling power of a winch by using snatch blocks.

See page 13 here:



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Eldon Zacek

Re: Car Trailer Loading Winch.
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2019, 10:23:42 AM »

If the winch has a forward and reverse operation then you do not need a

cable brake. The winches are made to hold the rated loaded, forward or

reverse. Just reverse out a foot or so of cable until the car it

maintaining a constant load. So, feed out a little bit of cable then

push the car back off the trailer. As the car is pulling against the

cable, rolling off the trailer, you just need to keep feeding out the

cable with the reverse function. I do this all the time and it works fine.