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Old 01-16-2010, 01:34 PM
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Winch for a car trailer

What size winch does anyone use to pull their car into the enclosed trailer? Any certain way that you pull that works good for you, like through a snatch block?

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Old 01-16-2010, 06:31 PM
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These threads have some good recommendations regarding winches (and trailer use).

Calculating pulley load requirement for winch

Can two winches equal one?

Trailer recommendations - wood deck
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Someting to think about

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What size winch does anyone use to pull their car into the enclosed trailer? Any certain way that you pull that works good for you, like through a snatch block?
Just something to think about
Whats your car worth? Oh Don't forget your health.
Get a winch that's rated for the the dead weight of your car.
Yes a mechanical gain can be used just don't forget the rating of the cable You can easily overload it with the use of pulleys and blocks.Same goes for the hardware you use.
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I really wasn't talking about using a snatch block to increase the pull strength, but maybe to pull from an angle like mounting the winch on one side and pulling through a pulley connected to a center tie down. Just a thought.

If you really want to be safe with a winch, lose the cable and get a good quality synthetic rope. No drama when it breaks.
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I use a 3000# winch to pull my 2700# streetrod into the gooseneck. I does not even groan.

Get a winch at least the weight of the car. Nothing like having the cable break half way up and have to chase a runnaway car.

I like to put a heavy jacket or blanket over the tow line. It will slow down the cable if it breaks. Any type of tow line can really whip back. Cables have gone thru the back window of pickups many times. I also try to make the cable lay orderly on the winch spool so it doesn't get kinked or cut. If it gets cut or sharply bent replace it.

Each of my tie downs can support the car alone. Better well cinched down than sorry.
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i have a superwinch S5000 mounted on my car trailer permanently.

it pulled up a 3/4 ton 4x4 suburban that the guy forgot to put in neutral.
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trailer winch

I use my trailers for a lot more than moving cars so I have a 6K lb on one and a 9 k on the other. It was always a pain keep a charged battery so when I bought the Ford dually diesel flat bed dump I ran a # 2-0 welder cable from both batteries to the back of the flatbed and use the large size welder cable plugs. I have one of the older tommy lift tailgate lifts that I sometimes bolt on and converted it to welder plugs. I have read in a 4 X 4 magazine that winches are rated with the minimun cable on the spool. as you get more cable on the drum the effective diameter increases and you loose power but gain speed. Trailer ratings are based on an evenly distributed load. A guy I know loaded a larger sized bobcat on his trailer but it bent his frame. When I load my Case 4 X 4 enclosed cab backhoe on the 3 axle trailer I put pieces of old railroad ties under the back end and under the ramps. I bought some Electric forklift cables at a factory shut down sale that have 2 cables but so far the trailers have grounded thru the ball hitch ok.
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The only thing I'll be using my enclosed trailer for is hauling a race car, and storing it over the winter.
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