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Old 26 July 2015, 18:24   #1
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Electric winch or not?

.Debating putting my 2500 superwinch on my trailer to ease recovery...not even sure if that is enough to be honest thinking about it???

I already have a 2 speed Dalton winch on it now and it works fine, just thinking having my hands free as it were for recovery would be worth it?

Unfortunately, the slips I normally use do not allow for a decent power on then winch in a little without dunking my Jeep...which I won't do obviously. I normally need to winch 3/4 of the boat on give or take.

Anyone fitted one and any recommendations or regrets?

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I take it that the 2500 means lbs?

If so I would say it waaaay over what you require, a boat takes very little pull to actually put it on the trailer even when its beached.

Personally I can't see past the hand winch, it gives you a feel for what's happening which you don't get with electric.
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Fitted a Goodwinch ATV 4000 with Dyneema rope and love it.The only regret I have is that i took off the old mechanical winch.Its better to try and leave it on and then you can recover with other vehicles that are not wired up for your winch.I intend to find a way to put it back on.
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I take it that the 2500 means lbs?

If so I would say it waaaay over what you require, a boat takes very little pull to actually put it on the trailer even when its beached.

Personally I can't see past the hand winch, it gives you a feel for what's happening which you don't get with electric.
You get some feedback with electric winches, they do change tone and obviously speed up and slow down whilst under varying load ( used them for many years J). Make sure you carefully monitor the recovery and you will be fine
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Had one for a few years, no going back now & I have a wireless remote so you can check the boat as you winch it on

I have this one, (but my rib sits on a cradle for launch and recovery)

Warrior C8000EWX Winch
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You get some feedback with electric winches, they do change tone and obviously speed up and slow down whilst under varying load ( used them for many years J). Make sure you carefully monitor the recovery and you will be fine
I use use them everyday for recovering deer/quads/timber etc, I find by the time the winch starts to tell then the damage is usually already done.
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I already have a 2500lb winch sitting here doing nothing. You can buy the WiFi kits on eBay for buttons, I would defo add one.

I was planning to just run wire to the car battery so a different vehicle can be used if need be.

Thanks for info though, more positive than anticipated.

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I already have a 2500lb winch sitting here doing nothing. You can buy the WiFi kits on eBay for buttons, I would defo add one.

I was planning to just run wire to the car battery so a different vehicle can be used if need be.

Thanks for info though, more positive than anticipated.

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Only issue with that is remembering to take the remote control either wired or wireless with you and the power cables obviously.My winch wont work without the remote.
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I use use them everyday for recovering deer/quads/timber etc, I find by the time the winch starts to tell then the damage is usually already done.
Not my experience - but we're all different people ( Sold / fitted / used all sorts of electric winches for many years ).
Clearly if you fit a twin motor over-volt’d monster winch you run the risk of potentially damaging any load you move ( although they’re great fun ) – as long as the winch fits the application I can’t see why you couldn’t use one – as you can see from other response’s on this post people do with great success.
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Only issue with that is remembering to take the remote control either wired or wireless with you and the power cables obviously.My winch wont work without the remote.


There quite easy to wire so you have a remote and a separate hard wired switch – either on a wander lead or a switch on the remote / solenoid box, at least that way if you have a issue with the remote the winch can still be used
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I've looked at an electric winch for my trailer, had a few on LRs, Discos etc. I've often wished I had one on the trailer especially after a tricky retrieval up a steep slip when I'm left gasping BUT, I've had leccy winches fail in the past due to dodgy electrics which only become apparent at the most inconvenient moment. That could be catastrophic & costly if it happened during a tricky recovery. At least with a mechanical hand winch, you can more or less tell just by looking at it if it will work or not. If I went down the electric winch road, I would look at a way of mounting the winch off the winch post & using a snatch block for the (dyneema) rope. That way, I could keep the hand winch mounted on the post for sh1t or bust situations. I'd also look at mounting a separate battery on the trailer for the winch, so it's independent.
All just IMHO & rambling thoughts of course.
PS a 1500lb winch would p155 the job
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I've looked at an electric winch for my trailer, had a few on LRs, Discos etc. I've often wished I had one on the trailer especially after a tricky retrieval up a steep slip when I'm left gasping BUT, I've had leccy winches fail in the past due to dodgy electrics which only become apparent at the most inconvenient moment. That could be catastrophic & costly if it happened during a tricky recovery. At least with a mechanical hand winch, you can more or less tell just by looking at it if it will work or not. If I went down the electric winch road, I would look at a way of mounting the winch off the winch post & using a snatch block for the (dyneema) rope. That way, I could keep the hand winch mounted on the post for sh1t or bust situations. I'd also look at mounting a separate battery on the trailer for the winch, so it's independent.
All just IMHO & rambling thoughts of course.
PS a 1500lb winch would p155 the job
I used to have 1 massive battery, but now have two medium batteries in the tub of the Ranger 1 in use and 1 spare .
I've got a ACR and some heavy duty cable to connect, when I get 5 mins
I also have a two speed manual winch which can be shackled to the trailer if the other goes bang
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