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Portable Super Winch wiring field notes

Super Winch portable wiring harness installation

Thanks for all the helpful wiring comments. We especially liked the old water hose idea. That extra layer of protection feels solid and secure.

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I would put a thick coating of grease over the lug and the bolt, it might prevent corrosion.
Comment by zimmy Tue Oct 4 20:15:13 2011
That reminds me --- I meant to put your corrosion resistance material on our shopping list for the "big city" today. Thanks!
Comment by anna Wed Oct 5 07:42:47 2011

This is not related to the wiring but I have found that a couple of earth anchors are great to have around. They are a smaller version of the under pinning anchors for mobile homes. If you are stuck in the mud and can't reach a tree with you cable, just run a couple of these in the ground, hook your cable to them and "Bob's your uncle"; you're on your way.


Comment by Michael Smith Wed Oct 5 08:55:22 2011
If you plan to drive in to town with the winch attached to the hitch, I would consider a locking pin to prevent theft.
Comment by zimmy Wed Oct 5 09:33:17 2011

Great tip, Michael! For now, we have scads of trees anywhere we're likely to get stuck, but we'll have to keep that in mind in case we drive the truck in open areas.

Zimmy --- The truck's still stuck in the mud, so no driving it to town... :-) Mark has the winch mounted on the hitch receiver with quick connects on the wiring, though, so it's easy (except heavy) to take it and lock it inside. If it wasn't for dental checkups today, I figure we would have been out of the mud at long last... Maybe tomorrow?

Comment by anna Wed Oct 5 15:13:14 2011

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