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Unread 04-24-2012, 09:48 AM   #1
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Winch Suggestions

I have a CJ7 and a 16' car hauler. I would like to buy a winch I could use on both with the appropriate mounting system and wiring connections. I have a lead on a Warn M10000 but the 140# weight concerns me as I am 68 and would probably have trouble moving it from vehicle to trailer. I don't have any extreme uses planned (or expected) so maybe the 10,000# pull is overkill anyway. Any suggestions about adequacy of a lighter weight unit would be appreciated.

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Unread 04-24-2012, 04:52 PM   #2
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The M8000 is quite a bit lighter. I think someone weighed it on here with no cable and it was 54lbs. Then they added synthetic wire rope and came up at 61lbs.

I have a cheaper winch in a mobile-mount arrangement so I don't have to have a special winch bumper. That arrangement has its pros and cons, but if you truly need the winch to be mobile-mounted, that's about your only choice. The winch cradle adds about 20lbs to the assembly.

Given the situation, I would get two winches. One to be permanently mounted on the Jeep in an 8000lb size, and one smaller winch for the trailer.

As far as a winch on a car hauler, I would just get a 3000lb ATV winch or something and permanently mount it to the trailer. You don't need a 10000lb winch to haul a car onto a trailer unless it were the absolute worst of circumstances (flat-drag with no wheels?). Anything with wheels on it should be within the capacity of a small winch. This would be the best situation and probably cost about as much as a good mobile-mount setup, be more sturdy, and give better clearance on your CJ. And it would certainly be cheaper than a single back injury trying to re-mount from rig to trailer.
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Unread 04-26-2012, 03:49 PM   #3
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Take a look around http://www.warn.com. An 8,000 lb. winch would be fine for your Jeep. We also make a variety of utility winches that are ideal for trailers.

WARN Utility Winches
http://www.warn.com/utility/DC_&_AC_winches.shtml

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Unread 04-27-2012, 11:02 AM   #4
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I mounted a reciever tube at the front of my trailer deck because I didn't like leaving my winch out in the weather. Also less chance of someone walking off with the winch if it's locked in the garage.
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Unread 04-27-2012, 01:52 PM   #5
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Thanks all for your input! From all sources an 8000# winch is generally recommended to be adequate for a CJ7. All my vehicles have receiver hitches on them so an 8000# winch with synthetic rope mounted on a receiver mount seems the way to go. Yeah the rope is expensive but so is working on my back. Anyone ever add rollers to make dragging it around easier?
Thanks again!
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Unread 04-27-2012, 02:21 PM   #6
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No, haven't seen that, but you could certainly use something like a welder cart or just make a platform on casters to wheel it around with.
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Unread 04-30-2012, 10:55 AM   #7
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That's fine around the home. HF sell small furniture dollies for about $8. Heck I've even bought some just to get the casters, since one dolly was cheaper than buying 4 casters.
I was thinking about adding a couple of rollers to the end opposite of the receiver so I could just pick it up by the receiver bar and drag it to where I wanted it.
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Thanks all for your input! From all sources an 8000# winch is generally recommended to be adequate for a CJ7. All my vehicles have receiver hitches on them so an 8000# winch with synthetic rope mounted on a receiver mount seems the way to go. Yeah the rope is expensive but so is working on my back. Anyone ever add rollers to make dragging it around easier?
Thanks again!
If your back or health is a real concern I would suggest buying two and mounting them permanently instead of moving them around and re-mounting them over and over. If you keep moving and re-mounting it is only a matter of time before you will have a problem. One slip, one fall, one awkward movement could be all it takes.
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