Advanced Winching Techniques: How To Mount a Winch On A Trailer?

Do you own a winch, and want to have an easy winching process?

Advanced winching techniques are very handy and may make your winch more versatile and have better pulling power, whilst reducing the recovery speed to provide more accurate control when freeing a vehicle.

Here, we take a look at several tips you can use to get the most out of the winch and its accessories.

Equipment Needed: 

These are the utensils you need to actualize the tips and tricks we are gonna talk about below;

  • Winch (12,000lbs)
  • Recovery Dampener
  • Approved Snatch Block (8,000kgs)
  • Tree Protector (10,000kgs)
  • Winch Strap (5,000kgs)
  • Shackles

Now, let’s get into the techniques;

Double Line Pull Technique

If a basic single line winch pull fails, you should turn to the double line pull technique. Via the block and tackle method, you get twice the mechanical advantage over the single line technique.

Setup Process

Find your anchor point (e.g. tree, another vehicle, large rock, stump, etc.). If your anchor is a tree, use a tree protector to avoid damage to the tree. Setup the snatch block at the bottom of the anchor point with an approved bow shackle.

After setting up your anchor, disengage the clutch and release sufficient winch cable to reach the snatch block and back to the vehicle.

It is better for your anchor to be close to the vehicle because you will need to re-spool the whole winch line. In that case, use the extension strap if necessary.

Pass your winch cable through the snatch block and secure everything using the shackle. At this point, you can winch with twice the power of a single line pull.

Line Redirect Technique

A line redirect is suitable for freeing a vehicle around a bend and will prevent the winch cable from getting frayed on objects in the track.

Furthermore, this technique is also perfect for rigging from a direction that is impossible to get the stuck vehicle into, like sideways.

The setup for this method is similar to that of the double line technique, except that the anchor point and the vector of pull need to be in line with each other.

The line redirect method is superb for using in extraordinary winching scenarios and gives an alternative technique for tight tracks.

Slingshot Winching Method

Have you ever been in a vehicle convoy off the road and a vehicle gets stuck, but unfortunately, the recovery vehicle is not able to turn around, and both vehicles are facing the same direction?

Guess what, slingshot winching technique is suitable for such scenarios.

The setup process is kinda similar to the above methods. Hook up the snatch block in front of the vehicles. Let the winch of the recovery vehicle return to the stuck one. Though you won’t get extra mechanical advantage, you’ll have the ability to redirect the pull to recover the vehicle with less effort.

If you have to extend the anchor point, utilize the winch strap to attach the stuck automobile to the winch cable, meaning that you will achieve added pulling distance.

However, a simpler set up is safer, therefore, do not use excess straps or shackles.

Belaying Technique

This a technique applied to subdue and control any rolling movement of the recovery vehicle. Belaying is very effective in scenarios where there are many winches and multiple recovery setups.

The belaying process can also be done by joining a winch extension strap to a chassis rail, b-pillar, bulbar hoop, door frames or any other appropriate fastening point.

It is the ideal method for preventing a rolling vehicle from being rolled all the way, as it is being flipped up. Furthermore, it can help in cases where a roll over is likely to occur and the gravity center is at a risk of shifting.

That wraps up the advanced winching techniques. These methods are great for recovering vehicles stuck in tricky and extraordinary situations. And, hopefully, this helps your query.

How To Mount A Winch On A Trailer?

Owning a winch is much more than just having a flashy piece of hardware at the front of your trailer. It is a great responsibility that should not be handled lightly.

If you are out on the road with some friends and are the only person with a winch, you will automatically become the recovery trailer.

Also, if you are solo on the trail and have gotten into a tricky situation that needs self-recovery, the winch will be your lifeline.

Before using a winch, you need to attach it to your trailer. This may be a tasking process. In this article, we take a deep look at how you can mount a winch to your trailer.

Choosing a Winch

You need to choose a winch first. If you're passing a tough time deciding on the most appropriate winch, you should calculate the line pull required for the job.

Multiply the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of your vehicle by 1.5; this gives an estimate of how large the winch needs to be.

Usually, the beginning layer of rope that surrounds the drum is the maximum load the winch can carry. Every extra layer deducts about ten percent off the approved line pull.

For example, a winch that has a rate of 9,500lbs, the second layer is estimated to pull some 8,550lbs, the third 7,700lbs and so on.

Step by Step Process:  

Any winch that you purchase tends to have a small mounting plate. There are tabs on this plate at the front where you mount the fairlead.

  1. Start by taking the bracket of your job box at the front of the car trailer.
  2. Add a block of 3/16-inch steel that you will extend out from the trailer through the box’s front for added support.
  3. Cut a slit in the job box to spread the added support out.
  4. Afterward, drill some holes through the front part of the box to coincide with the fairlead holes of the bracket, which you had welded to the floor of the job box earlier.
  5. Now it is time to mount the winch. Drill the 2 major bolts on the winch accurately through the box and the wood of your trailer. Insulate the nuts from beneath the trailer.
  6. To prevent your straps from getting caught up in the winch, tuck in a tiny portion of scrap plate to form a divider. This works great for keeping the two parts separated.
  7. If you wish to double the pulling power of the winch, you can use a snatch block.
  8. Set 2 d-rings on the front of the trailer so that if you are pulling a heavy item on, you can use a snatch block on the car and attach the end of the line to the front of your trailer.

Wrapping up!

That is, in fact, one of the many ways in which you can mount a winch onto your trailer with a weatherproof box.

Do not forget to use a pair of gloves particularly if you are using winches with wire rope. The wires can easily lacerate uncovered hands. Practice caution as you mount the winch to avoid accidents.

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