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Levi900RR

Trailer hitch mounted winch

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Levi900RR

Thinking about setting up a trailer hitch mounted winch for pulling my lift out each fall. Wondering if anyone has every set something like this up? I was hoping to set up a wiring harness so I can plug into my trailer light plug to power the thing. Wondering if that is going to provide me enough power? Or will I have to run larger gauge cable straight from my battery?

This is the winch I'm thinking of using:

http://www.harborfreight.com/2500-lb-ATVUtility-Electric-Winch-with-Wireless-Remote-Control-61840.html

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oldjeep

2500 won't pull much, but when people use the 8000-9000 lb receiver mounted stuff they have dedicated wires with tow truck quick connects.

There is nothing in your trailer wiring that could power that.

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Levi900RR

My lift is 400lbs and it has wheels so I think a little ATV winch will do the trick.

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oldjeep

My lift is 400lbs and it has wheels so I think a little ATV winch will do the trick.

As long as it rolls easy and isn't stuck in the bottom. Winch ratings are typically very optimistic, it is very easy to stall even a 9000lb winch.

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Bill_AirJunky

I have that Badlands 2500 on the front of my lifted golf cart. It's amazing the things we've done with it. Moved a 1200 lb iron firepit thru deep sand into position..... The carts only 700 lbs so we had to anchor it behind a big log. Pulled several other carts/ATVs out of the snow. Winched the cart on to a tilt bed trailer covered in ice.

If you need more power, use a snatch block to double it. Although it gets a little slow.

Good luck. I would think it would work fine for you.

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MadMan

if it's a once a year thing I would just pull the battery out of something else and put it in the bed of the truck. No need to get all fancy.

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Falko

Your trailer wiring is junk compared to what you need, you'd burn the motor up over amping it from voltage drop.

The idea about a secondary battery is a good one if you plan to use it only once or twice a year. Get yourself a remote controlled unit as well, it is nice to get your hands on it while the winch is dragging it.

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Tao of Wake

I've pulled my 450# hoist (with wheels) out with a 2500# winch on my ATV every year. It works like a charm. You could get fancy and build a self-contained puller with the winch, a large toolbox and a $20 tractor battery. Mount the winch inside the toolbox on the back wall with a couple eye bolts protruding out the back (through the mounting holes on the winch). Connect the winch to the battery. Either use a cable to connect it to your hitch or drive a pipe into the ground and use that as your pull point.

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Levi900RR

if it's a once a year thing I would just pull the battery out of something else and put it in the bed of the truck. No need to get all fancy.

Boom, I like this. I have 2 deep cycle group 24's in my lift that I'll be taking out that day anyway.

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Bill_AirJunky

Would work fine. You just don't have handles.

I found that having a winch, means I will find another use for using a winch soon enough.

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85 Barefoot

Is there a reason you just don't use your right foot as the winch?

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cowwboy

We use a electric capstan winch at work all the time and has unlimited length of line capabilities. But after looking up prices, I think it's a bit high for this project.

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Levi900RR

Is there a reason you just don't use your right foot as the winch?

No room on the beach for that. Although I've thought about using a snatch block on a tree and just pulling it that way.

We use a electric capstan winch at work all the time and has unlimited length of line capabilities. But after looking up prices, I think it's a bit high for this project.

I wanted to get one of those for my chain saw until I saw the prices. Starting to think a rope and a block on a tree tied to the truck might be the easiest / cheapest way out.

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oldjeep

No room on the beach for that. Although I've thought about using a snatch block on a tree and just pulling it that way.

I wanted to get one of those for my chain saw until I saw the prices. Starting to think a rope and a block on a tree tied to the truck might be the easiest / cheapest way out.

Cheapest way would be a comealong for $35 but you are limited to maybe a 10ft pull before you have to reset. I do agree though, once you have a winch you will find a lot of other uses for it. Used the 8K winch on my jeep to load 200-500lb chunks of concrete into a rolloff by myself when I busted out the front steps and sidewalk.

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Levi900RR

Just ordered the winch and mount. I'll post a pic / let you guys know how it works.

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dtm8119

Just ordered the winch and mount. I'll post a pic / let you guys know how it works.

What winch + mount did you end up going with? How long of a cable is on it?

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Levi900RR

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50' cable... I haven't used it though. I'll report back after this weekend.

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Levi900RR

It worked awesome. I can't believe I didn't do his sooner.

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