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what winch?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Newnamlawn, Mar 9, 2003.

  1. Newnamlawn

    Newnamlawn Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    hey guys, i am going to add a winch to my new chevy 3500 crew cab. I was wondering what winches everyone uses and which ones are best. Thanks
  2. paul soccodato

    paul soccodato Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    go with either a Warn, or a Ramsey.
  3. Newnamlawn

    Newnamlawn Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    what size, i was thinking about like a 8k winch. When i get stuck up it is not bad i just loose a little traction. I think the 8 will handle everything i do ok.
  4. paul soccodato

    paul soccodato Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    usually, the manufacturer's recommend getting a winch that can handle 1 1/2 times you're vehicles weight.

    you can always run a double line rig, through a snatch block to double you're capacity, but this is not always possible.

    basically, get the biggest one you can afford.
  5. sonjaab

    sonjaab PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    NEW.........Mommyclaus got me a winch last year from
    Sears. Its got 25 ft. of cable. Plugs into power port.
    Costs like 225 bucks I think......Sure is handy when
    I am stuck up on a snow pile stacking that white gold !
    Especially at 4 am here in Podunk NY.......25 ft. ain't
    much but I have 2-25 ft. chains also to hook up to
    ANY nearby Stout object to pull myself out !...geo
  6. wolfie

    wolfie Senior Member
    Messages: 174

    This makes me think of a question that I've alway wondered about... Why do people put winches on the front of their trucks? It seems to me the best place would be on the back... It's almost always easier to pull yourself out of what you got into than to pull yourself deeper into it.
  7. Newnamlawn

    Newnamlawn Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    depending on what mouonting system you get you can put it on the back also. Most people keep them mounted on the front cause of trailer and such
  8. paul soccodato

    paul soccodato Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    because in life, you try to keep going for-wards, not back-wards.

    just kidding.

    usually when you can only make it halfway up a hill under you're own power, it's for pulling you the rest of the way up.

    thats why they came up with the multi mount, so you can mount it in the receiver, and pull back-wards.

    or just run the front winch cable under the truck.
  9. porkhead1

    porkhead1 Member
    Messages: 70

    Try this site.............


    They make the winches that are installed on HUMVEES for the Military.....
  10. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    If you just going to use it for yanking yourself out of snowbanks,and pulling on flat ground,the 8K will be fine,you may even be able to go smaller for that stuff.

    If you pulling up inclines,then like paul said,1.5 X times the loaded weight is the norm.
  11. myo

    myo Senior Member
    Messages: 193

    Warn is a good name
  12. ToyotaPower

    ToyotaPower Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    Remote winch???

    I purchased a electric winch with a 10,000 rating 50 foot wire that hooks up to the rear pinacle hook of my sururban with remote hand controls. Spent I think around 300.00 2 yrs ago. The beauty of the winch is to wire all your trucks with the same cable controls leading to the battery and ground. Then when a truck gets stuck you bring that truck driver the remote winch for hook-up. I think I purchased it from northern catalog???:waving: