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Old 05-06-2018, 12:23 PM
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Looking for recommendations on an electric trailer winch to mount directly to the trailer. It's an 18ft dove tail so the ramp angle isn't too steep. Need something with enough capacity to pull a dmax up, but don't want to go overkill and break the bank either. Since it's rolling weight would a 6k be enough or should it be closer to 8k? I'm sure a harbor freight special would get the job done but i'd rather spend the money for a Warn or similar quality and have it last more than a year or 2.
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Old 05-06-2018, 01:01 PM
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We use the harbor freight unit and it works great for no more than you will be using it.
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Old 05-06-2018, 01:03 PM
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Harbor freight x2. Cheap and hear mostly nothing but good
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Old 05-06-2018, 01:06 PM
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Yeah I run a 12k harbor freight on my gooseneck. It's drug a few broken Ford's and Duramax up my pretty steep ramps

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Old 05-06-2018, 01:10 PM
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I prefer the 12-15k. Winch weight rating is rated based on the last winding of the rope. As the rope winds up, capacity reduces. Basically, itís lowest geared with one winding left but as it fills, rotations become bigger/faster and reduce power.

That said, you can always put a pulley on the truck and Bring the winch line back to the front of the trailer. This effectively doubles winch pulling power at the cost of half the speed.

The 8k will do it with a pulley. Without it, it will struggle unless the ramps are smooth (not the ladder style). The 12k will pull it without issue and no pulley. For the price difference, Iíd by the 12k.
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Old 05-06-2018, 04:58 PM
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Smooth ramps, I regret to say that I pulled the truck up the ramp with a 700lb come along
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Old 05-06-2018, 05:25 PM
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It will only be used a few times a year at most so harbor freight special it is! Yea the ramps are ladder style and are quite annoying for loading anything other than a vehicle.
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Old 05-06-2018, 05:49 PM
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Check out smittybilt winches first. Not much more than harbor freight jobs. But seem very well built.
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I've pulled a dmax up with a 3500 lb winch in 4 part block and did it just fine, but took half an hour ����
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I've pulled a dmax up with a 3500 lb winch in 4 part block and did it just fine, but took half an hour ����
Did you leave it in park like I did at first
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Old 05-07-2018, 07:37 AM
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I have a 12k Harbor Freight winch sitting in my shop awaiting my new 40ft gooseneck.

My old trailer was a 20ft PJ Quick Tilt with an 8k winch (super winch) and it towed up anything as long as it rolled.
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I've got a Warn 10K lb. and I mounted it on a plate with a hitch adapter and put hitches and plugs on the front and rear of both my trucks and also on our gooseneck and small trailer. Don't use it much but it comes on handy when I need it and it's nice not having it committed to one thing. You can see it under this tractor. I've used it to winch big tractors on the other trailer and unstick myself in the dmax in my yard once, lol.
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Old 05-24-2018, 11:08 PM
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I have the superwinch and it works great. Bought one because of the discount.
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Ended up with the harbor freight Badlands 12k working good so far used it once about to use it again this weekend.
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