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Powering Your TRAC Outdoor Trailer Winch (Video)

A video presentation on how to power your TRAC Outdoor Trailer Winch

Video Presentation

TRAC trailer winches comes with 10 feet of battery wire which is plenty to reach the rear of the tow vehicle or a nearby battery. They are three common ways to get 12 volt power to the winch. You could place a battery on the trailer or you could secure a battery at the rear of a truck. A quick note about these two options; If you use a standalone battery, it needs to be a deep cycle battery the type which is used to power electric trolling motors. The last option is the best option and that is to use a battery in the tow vehicle to power the winch.

When the vehicle is running, the generator is putting out more power than a standalone battery. And by using the vehicles battery you don't have to buy or maintain another battery. You might be thinking most newer trucks and SUVs have a 30 amp circuit located with a round trailer wiring plug. Even this 30 amp circuit is intended to power things like lights in a large RV or trailer.

Trailer winches can exceed 30 amp of electrical current, so the fuse maybe to when you are using this circuit. We do not recommend using it. We recommend wiring the vehicle with a 50 amp dedicated circuit. The parts required are available in a vehicle wiring kit from TRAC. It installs by running wires through or under the vehicle from the rear of the vehicle to the battery and installing 50 amp connectors on the vehicle and also the winch battery wires.

Once the wiring is complete, connect the winch battery cable to the winch and tow vehicle. Now that we have a 12 Volt 50 amp circuit, let's continue with the trailer winch operation.

Operating Your TRAC Outdoor Trailer Winch (Video)

A video presentation on operating your TRAC Outdoor Trailer Winch

Video Transcript

To operate your TRAC trailer winch, locate the wireless remote or connect the wired controller to the side of the winch. Turn the light on to confirm the winch has power, turn the light out. It's important to know that you can power the winch out but you must always put some pulling force on the cable so the cable does not tangle on the spool. The winch will also free spool out. To free spool, loosen the black wingnut and turn the grey clutch knob counterclockwise to release the clutch. The cable can now be free spooled out. Attach the winch cable hook to the bow eye of the boat. Power the winch in to tighten the cable. You can now use your Trac electric winch just as you would a manual one.

Trailer Winch Installation for a TRAC Outdoor Winch

A video presentation on the installation of a TRAC Outdoor trailer winch

Video Transcript

This video will demonstrate how to install the Fisherman25 anchor winch from TRAC outdoor products. This will install similarly to other products available from TRAC. Like with Fishermen25 big Water45 has a separated davit while the Pontoon35 has an integrated davit which will extend further over the side of the boat. Before installation please consult your owner's manual for safety issues and warnings. Be thoroughly familiar with the controls and safe operation before using the anchor winch. For this installation you will need the following tools, and electric drill, 3/8 inch and 3/4 inch drill bits, adjustable wrench or socket wrench, Phillips screwdriver and a marker. You will also need your anchor winch and davit, bolts, washers and nuts, shackle for anchor attachment, battery wire, circuit breaker and an anchor. All of which are included with the winch except for the anchor of course.

The Fisherman25 has an anchor davit that should be installed before the winch. The roller of the davit must be installed on center and in line with the rope spool. To start, locate the desired placement for the anchor davit and winch. This could be at the front of the boat or the back. The anchor davit must be located at the edge of the deck so that the roller extends over the age and allows the anchor to clear the deck when it's docked in the anchor davit.

For this particular boat we have selected to install the winch on the angle to free up space on the deck. In doing this we need to be sure that the rope has enough clearance. Check below the deck for any obstructions beneath the anchor davit and winch locations. Also make sure there is enough space for the winch rope spool to be centered on the roller of the anchor davit.

Check for a clear path to route the battery wires from winch to battery. Remove the winch cover, using a marker mark the anchor roller and winch mounting holes on the deck. Also mark the holes for the battery wires if it is running under the deck. Make sure the winch covers clears everything located on the deck. Remove the winch and anchor davit, drill all holes, then bolt to the deck. To ensure the greatest strength and minimize stress to the deck, use fender washers and marine plywood or other suitable materials under the deck. While our installation is on a metal surface, you may need to use 1/4 inch spacers under the winch with a thick carpet installation. Pass the battery wires through the deck and route them to the battery. Use tie wraps to secure the wire where needed.

Once your track anchor winch has been installed, test it for correct operation and install the safety cable when running at speed. And remember always place the anchor in your boat when trailering.

Lewmar Captive Winch Testing

This video will explain the testing process for winches.

Video Transcript

[Speakers 1]

Every captive winch that we build at Lewmar is tested. Here you can see a captive winch that we have produced depends on a ship yard. Kevin is going to explain what we're doing with this captive winch today.


First are going to check that the storage drum rope lays correctly on it. Then we are going to check inaudible [00:24] to make sure that all the pressure flows correct with the manifold. Then we will do a functional test of the unit to make everything functions correctly to pull the full load.

To check that the unit pulls the full load we use a load cell which transfers the information back to the receiver here. From the display we can tell whether it's pulling the correct load or not. Now to test the winch with the full working load.

[Speakers 1]

Here you can see the winch is getting to 9 tons. You can see the captive winch paying out its line. This captive winch can actually take 60 m of line on it storage drum.

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