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I'd like to add a winch to my car trailer. How much winch might I need? Places like Harbor Freight or Northern Tool sell their eL-Cheapo brands or known brands (like Warn). And they have ratings like 2,500 lbs and up. The prices for the smaller 'house brands' are tempting for what will hopefully be rare use.

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Eric Russell
Mebane, NC

1961 MGA, 1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6, 1984 Alfa Romeo Spider,
1991 Honda ST1100, 1999 Ford F250, 2006 Toyota Solara


Thu Jan 14, 2016 8:04 pm
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Eric--

I have a Superwinch GP1800 (not shown in current online catalogue) which is rated at 1800 line pull and is more than sufficient for any of my cars, the heaviest of which is around 1500 lbs. It is mounted atop a steel battery box I had fabricated to get the line about 15" above the trailer deck in order to reduce chafe, etc. on the knuckle of the trailer's beavertail.

BTW I replaced the galvanized line--which inevitably develops fishhooks that are rough on the hands--with 1/4" Spectra. There are several synthetic lines specifically made for trailer winches and I chose Spectra, usually used for halyards, because it does not stretch.


Sat Jan 16, 2016 1:36 pm
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Eric:

I use a light duty, 10 year old, Harbor Freight winch in the front of my enclosed trailer so it is protected from the elements. It pulls up the Mini easily. The newer models (now a different manufacturer for HF) have the advantage of wireless remote activation which would be handy. But I would think a 2500# rated winch would haul up your MGA without a problem. Our application is really not rough duty...not like we are using it everyday on a job. Watch HF flyers as they go on sale frequently.

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Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:59 pm
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Eric & Mack -- just FYI, I have had two of the cheapie Harbor Freight winches with wireless remote control ... the remote failed on both of them pretty quickly (less than a season). So you may want to consider a brand with a better reputation for quality, even though it may be twice the price. Seems like an awfully simple thing that shouldn't be failure-prone, but I went 0 for 2 with Harbor Freight.

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Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:32 am
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Mark Palmer wrote:
I have had two of the cheapie Harbor Freight winches with wireless remote control ... the remote failed on both of them pretty quickly...


Can the remote by bypassed? Wanna sell the failed winches?

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1961 MGA, 1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6, 1984 Alfa Romeo Spider,
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Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:08 pm
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I guess I should be thankful that I got my el cheapo winch before the "age of remotes".

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Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:31 am
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You can remove the wireless board and rewire it to a remote double throw switch.


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