TRAC Outdoor Small Craft Electrical Trailer Winch
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
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
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