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Gone are the days of loading your boat by hand! With TRAC winches, just press the wired remote with 9' cord and watch your boat glide onto the trailer with 6 fpm line speed. The built-in light makes operation in low or no light more user-friendly while the smooth-running heat-treated gear systems help reduce wear and tear. Bolts into the same holes as your hand crank winch. Requires 12V power. Includes 9'9'' power cord with battery clips plus a 30' 7/32'' steel cable. Boat length: Up to 18'. Rolling boat weight: 5,000 lb. Pulling capacity: 2,000 lb. Weight: 16 lb. Dimensions: 8.25'' x 9'' x 6.75''.
Replaced Twice and it still broke
I have a 17 ft aluminum boat, qith everything it weighs less than 1800 LBS.
The belt version jumped off the spindle and wound around the shaft. Told me to cut strap off and replace it. I did then all that would happen is the clutch would slip.
They suggested the cable version, so I tried it and the cable bound up inside. After pulling the cable compleatly out so that it could be hand feed in and levled out. It had no binding, but again the clutch would not hold anything. I went and put on a hand crank.
December 4, 2011
This product has been a problem for me from day one. I live 50 miles round trip from nearest supply store and was upset when I realized the product did not come with enough wiring to go from the battery to the trailer. 1st trip. I used quite a bit of profanity when I found out I had to go back to get some extra long battery connectors to accomodate the additional hardware. 2nd trip. The winch is fully loaded with cable but does not have a level wind so the cable keeps jaming up on the housing. Today I could not get the control cable to go into the winch housing thus I had to hand crank the boat up. (I am not sure if the male pins have recessed or they don't match because the groove guide is much smaller than the groove making it hard to line up.) I got the winch because I am getting up in years, steep boat ramp, and a bad back. All of these came into play using the small emergency hand crank. Because the crank is so small you can not get any leverage.
As soon as my busted knuckles heal i will put my old hand crank back on.
January 30, 2011
Electric vs Hand Crank
Well after all the alterations everything seems to be OK! I had to purchase 30' of #4 wire, another 6 prong outlet, and a lot of tie wraps and flex cover for the wire, and make a new steel 3/16" steel base to bolt to the existing bow stancion where the hand crank was. The new base is necessary to make a straight - shot with the cable. I used the center pin
on the new connector for the #4 wire, male end mounted to vehicle and female to the supplied wire to the winch. This obviously was a bit of a chore to do, but anything worth doing...is worth doing right. The noise from the winch is akin to ice cubes in a blender...I'm checking into that!
July 28, 2010
I purchased this electric winch because I thought it would ease my boating experience, soooo wrong. After receiving the product, I came to realize that it did not come with a wireless remote(read the fine print) i had to call the company that made the winch to order the remote, and only then did it take three weeks to get to me, they charged my credit card twice! After programing the remote(not too difficult) I finally got the product I wanted. Easy to use, not horrible expensive, but difficult to install, bolt holes are a little off and the manual winch handle, does not fit well and will probably strip the bolt it i try to use it.
May 19, 2010
No the winch requires much more power than any electrical socket could provide. You need to either run heavy gauge wire directly to your truck battery, or provide a separate battery in your truck bed or on your trailer. The manual recommends running wires through your vehicle undercarriage to the battery and mounting a trolling motor plug under your bumper, then plugging in the winch when you want to use it. I would estimate the additional cost of all the wiring at around $50 if you install it yourself.
I have ordered the biggest unit with the web strap as opposed to the cable. I have not received it yet but I anticipate needing to do many of the same things you did to get the best performance. I am 72 years old and often fish alone. Did you hook directly to the batteries in the engine compartment or tap off the plug at the rear of the vehicle? Joe
These units require to much amperage to use your existing vehicle wiring. the manual states you need to run additional heavy gauge wiring from your battery to the rear of the vehicle, or install a seperate battery in the truck bed or on your boat trailer.
All the winches come with a remote except for the cheapest model. The $20 difference in price to the next model, is the exact cost of the wireless remote, so save yourself some trouble and order the better winch.
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