Why do you need or want a winch well that is simple answer. When you first buy your car or project it might not run. Having a winch to pull up your vehicle will be a life saver especially if your alone or don’t have the necessary muscle to push the vehicle into place. The winch and trailer will save you money as you move your car around from shop to shop as you are working on your vehicle. Another advantage is that you can load a vehicle by yourself as long as the winch is working properly.
While at SEMA we seen a submerged winch in a booth that caught or attention and it was the Mile Marker Recovery Gear booth that had the winch operating under water during the show. After talking to them we learned that they had a variety of winches depending on your needs. From 2,500 pounds to 18,000 pounds, Mile Marker has a winch to get the job done. Seeing is believing and this was the case for the Mile Marker product.
When you start traveling you might not need a winch because your car is done but if your car breaks down you might be wishing you had one. With that said let us show you how we add a winch to our existing trailer.
1. This Mile Marker winch was ready to be installed.
2. This trailer was perfect for hauling but will be better once we add this heavy duty winch to it.
3. The first thing to do to the trailer was to find the center so we can bolt the winch in the center.
4. We did a visual look on the best place to mount our winch and after looking at the situation this was the best place to mount our winch plate.
5. We started off by doing some preliminary measurements.
6. Since we wanted a straight cut we used a band saw.
7. We made a design and marked up all of the drilling that was going to be needed for the winch plate to bolt on.
8. Since we had a drill press we drilled out our metal pieces before welding it together.
9. We marked the trailer where we where going to be welding.
10. We bolted our winch plate to the bars that we where going to be welding this helped assure that the winch plate bolted back on.
11. We had to clean off some of the paint off the trailer to allow us to weld and make sure that there was a good penetration and bond when welding.
12. The mounting bars where tacked onto the trailer.
13. With a good ground it was time to run some good beads.
14. We added support by adding a cross bar from the bottom of the trailer to the mounting bars.
15. We used some Eastwood etching and high build primer to cover the exposed bare metal.
16. The winch plate was ready to be installed.
17. The guide rollers was bolted onto the winch plate this will help keep your winch cables from getting tangled.
18. The Mile Marker PE4500 was ready to go.
19. Using the supplied hardware the winch was bolted on.
20. It was time to start the simple wiring or powering of the unit.
21. Using our Optima battery we powered up the winch.
22. So with a new Mile Marker winch and our Mac Tie downs we was ready to use it to load up our trailer.