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    car trailer winch

    building a car trailer to haul my pro/street nova on..what size winch does everyone have or would recommand for me.can't afford to overkill but do want something that will winch car on and off trailer;trailer has 4 foot dove tail and 5 foot ramps.don't know weight of car yet but here is what i have.
    63 nova wagon
    full box rail chassis
    14 ga floor on driver and pass side floor area
    rest[middle of floor between rails]is aluminum
    14 point cage w/funnel car cage done with m/s tubing
    glass front and doors
    lexan windows
    540bbc w/blower and aluminum heads
    p/g trans

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    A 2000 or 2500 will work just fine.
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    It depends on how you're going to use it. If you are going to load & unload with it all of the time spend a couple of extra bucks and get a better one, I would suggest a superwinch or warn in the 3,500 to 4,500 lb range. It will not only hold up better but it will load and unload a lot faster. If it's just for loading when the car is broke and will only get occasional use the 2500 lb. would be ok. Keep in mind that if you say break a rear sometimes they will try to lock up and a heavier duty winch is more likely to be capable of dragging it on the trailer.

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    will be using to load and unload every time.hope i never break;;lol
    i'm finding some 4500lb on e-bay for $165.00 say they are for atv's and utilties;;

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    Mount it on the side of the trailer and pull through a clevis hook and pulley at the front it will almost double the power of the winch. I use a el cheapo harbor freight winch that is portable...mounts on a quick release plate and it pulls my 3100 lb car up on my trailer just fine...it is a little slow but it does not get hot (knock on wood) But I only use it to load up at home cause The car lives at my fathers house and he lives in a housing addition and does not like me to run it any more than needed due to noise and upsetting neighbors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrodharley
    will be using to load and unload every time.hope i never break;;lol
    i'm finding some 4500lb on e-bay for $165.00 say they are for atv's and utilties;;
    Be careful of some of the cheaper ones. They only power in one direction and just freewheel out. That kind is useless for unloading.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tod74
    Mount it on the side of the trailer and pull through a clevis hook and pulley at the front it will almost double the power of the winch.
    That will only help if you double the line. You would have to hook your pulley to the car and anchor the hook end of the cable to the trailer to gain any leverage advantage.

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    I also bought a chepo 2500lb from Harbor Freight. $69 buck and it has a key pad remote too!!! works ok, but SLOW because i have to use a snatch block to make it pull my 3,700lb truck. go for at least a 4500lb and it will save you some bucks in the long run!!


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