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Old 05-06-2012   #1
amelia, Ohio
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Electric Winch on Trailer

I currently have a hand crank winch on my traler for pulling my raft onto my trailer. But, I would like to hook up an electric winch to ease this process. I know it will slow things down. But, I'm tired of the manual labor involved.
So, anyone have a suggestion for a good electric winch? Do they make one that can be wired or hooked up to connect to my existing 4 plug trailer lights plug?

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Old 05-06-2012   #2
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I've thought about doing the same but haven't done it yet. I do think you need a 7-round to get a 12v power source or, I know the raft trailers the rangers use out here (that are totally pimped out) have a battery mounted on the tongue for their winches. Don't know what brand winch they use though. I think speed is probably more of an issue than pulling power for a raft, some cheaper winches are very, very slow.

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Old 05-07-2012   #3
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you will need to have the battery mounted on the trailer or face burning your wire due to the winch pulling more amps than that wire will deliver. I have a lawn mower size battery mounted underneath the deck and charge it 2-3 times a year. I use the winch several times a month.
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Old 05-07-2012   #4
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Most boat trailers (above about 18 ft) have electric winches- plenty of options out there in the (real?) boating world. West marine would be a good place to start.
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