I live in Norfolk, Va, high crime area. I've found my windows unzipped on several occasions. Last time my stereo was ripped out of the dash (good thing they didn't see the amp under my seat). And this is at ODU, with patrolling campus police.
Now to my question: is the above linked product an O.K. option for winch mounting? I don't own a winch yet, but I will this summer. I don't want it being stolen off my bumper when its just sitting in the parking lot at night. I'm getting a Jeeperman bumper with a front receiver so that part of the issue is taken care of. I'm just wondering if the product and/or receiver can hold up to the stresses of winching. Theres also the added benefit of being able to winch from the rear on demand.
Bumper hitch-mounted winches are a bad idea for a winch used for offroading, at least in my strongest possible personal opinion. Powerful Jeeping-sized winches can exert more of the kind of stress that a bumper hitch isn't designed to withstand.
Just use a standard winch mounting plate and have someone tack-weld a small steel barrier over one of the winch mounting bolts if you're concerned about theft. You can grind the tack weld away to remove the barrier should you ever need to remove the winch. As a matter of fact, I'll be tack-welding a small barrier over one of my winch mounting bolts this weekend after I install my new AtoZ Fabrication bumper with its built-in winch mounting plate.
probably 3/4 of the times I or people in my group have been stuck the idea would be useless. hitches are usually already dug into mud, or up against a rock, so trying to lug around that heavy thing would be do-able. good idea. just kills angles, and would be usefull most of the time