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Old 03-01-2015   #1
Eagle, Colorado
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Trailer winch post / mount

Anyone know where to get a winch post that you can mount a winch directly on top of the post without all the extra speed boat nonsense that most of them come with? Preferably a vertical post as well. I've seen them on other trailers but can't seem to find one.

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Old 03-02-2015   #2
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Heres a good resource... they have some good trailer starters too: supplies high quality tools and equipment at low, discount prices. from Northern Tool + Equipment
Cant say I actually found the winch you are describing, other then a portable one that wraps around a tree....

:edit: unless these hand crank wenches fit the bill....

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Old 03-02-2015   #3
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I had one made at a local welder. Made a cardboard template and brought it to him. Painted it with some Rustoleum. Got just what I wanted- works great.

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Old 03-02-2015   #4
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Whiskey I went through the same. My buddy Dave did find one at Harbor Freight a few years back, but ultimately I went to scrapyard and got some metal and had one made at a weld shop. I used 4" aluminum square tube and a base. Total cost around $80.
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Haven't gotten anything from them, but have been thinking about a winch system as well.
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Old 03-02-2015   #6
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Thanks for the info. Sounds like I'll probably need to get one made or buy a post and modify it.
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Old 03-04-2015   #7
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Our 5' x 12' cat trailer is a modified utility trailer with 15'' high sides that I installed side boards on for the cat tubes to sit on. I bought one of the $35 winches with the nylon strap (instead of steel cable) and took the trailer down to a local welder in our 'hood. He had enough scrap material laying around to fabricate a support for the winch and welded it all to the trailer. The best upgrade to the trailer we ever made. I then had him cut the ramp type tailgate down to the height of the sides and he fabricated a roller from some heavy gauge steel pipe. With the 3500 lb axle this thing has, it will haul a lot of gear under the rigged cat.
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Old 03-04-2015   #8
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Only suggestion I'd have is to not weld it to your trailer. Spend a few extra dollars to have your fabricator make a bolt on plate, either with u-bolts or two plates and bolts. You may change your rig over time and the balance will likely change, being able to adjust the winch mounts location can be very handy. Just a thought...
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Old 03-04-2015   #9
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Yeah. Good point. I should clarify that the winch bolts to the mount that was welded to the trailer. I'll take a photo in the next few days when I get down to the storage unit where we keep it.
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Old 03-04-2015   #10
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winch stand

I bought a winch stand from, search for cs smith winch stand, $36, 30" tall. Should just bolt on to your trailer if the specs match. Add strap winch and you're done, cheap. I haven't mounted mine yet though

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