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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 10th, 13, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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Enclosed Car Trailer Tips/Suggestions

Wanted to add a wench to our enclosed car trailer so I asked a great friend who happens to own a 4wheel-drive store/service center what I might want to consider during installation. He immediately suggested a receiver! Umm, never thought of that but it gives one the ability to quickly remove so here is what I'm doing with our Warn 4700.
Purchased a cheap receiver at Harbor Freight on sale for $9.95.
Utilized a scrap piece of 2X2" tubing to attach the base plate of the wench.
Now I can quickly remove and put in the receiver on the back of our pick up truck, or a receiver on our tractor. Might never but it gives flexibility and takes only seconds to remove.
Here is the receiver I utilized with a plate to be welded to. Actually have two plates, one to weld the receiver to and one that will go to the bottom and act as a sandwich. I also have a quick disconnect coming for the positive/ground lines.

Receiver welded on plate which in turn will be attached to the trailer floor.

The wench attached to the piece of 2X2 tubing which I drilled to accommodate the pin.


Next up some floor markings to assist me with loading. The floor was just plywood and never finished so I sanded out some of the ugly areas and decided to stain. I determined what the normal width was between center of tire to center of tire and laid out on the trailer floor two 3" stripes to mirror that width. Since I was staining it was easy to just purchase a pint can of slate (black) stain for under $4.. I had a can of pecan color stain with polyurethane and used that to cover the entire floor including going over the slate stain. At the frontal area I'm adding a mirror enabling easy line up to the slate stained lines. And it looks nice IMO.


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Re: Enclosed Car Trailer Tips/Suggestions

Very nice and good idea on the floor stain and guidelines.
My suggestion on the winch receiver, bolt it about a floor crossmember rather than rely on the 'wood' floor for a pulling point.

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Lightbulb You need (4) bolts thru floor

You need a " winch plate " on the bottom of the floor

Looks like that is in your design ....

It is a piece of metal thru which (4) bolts pass thru
from your top plate and sandwich the wood floor in between.



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Re: You need (4) bolts thru floor

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You need a " winch plate " on the bottom of the floor

Looks like that is in your design ....

It is a piece of metal thru which (4) bolts pass thru
from your top plate and sandwich the wood floor in between.



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Jim, thanks for noting that important feature and that is exactly what I'm doing from a friends explanation. I had mentioned in the orig post "actually have two plates, one to weld the receiver to and one that will go to the bottom and act as a sandwich." The above pictured primered plate is my bottom plate which is exactly the same as the top plate the receiver is welded to in the picture and will have 4 bolts. Should have explained that better in the beginning.

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Re: You need (4) bolts thru floor

I literally just did this to my enclosed trailer a few weeks ago. I had a 1/8" inch steel plate made and tack welded it between the frame rails at the nose of the trailer and sandwiched it like the previous post suggested.
Use grade 8 bolts and you should be fine since you're pulling on a 90 degree angle and not straight up. I have a 5,000 lb Harbor Freight special, hoping that suffices since it's a rolling weight. I bought the wireless remote too, seems worth it for $30.00 or so. Hope this helps!
Also, love your floor! How much sanding (palm sander?) did it take? It the surface slick?
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I literally just did this to my enclosed trailer a few weeks ago. I had a 1/8" inch steel plate made and tack welded it between the frame rails at the nose of the trailer and sandwiched it like the previous post suggested.
Use grade 8 bolts and you should be fine since you're pulling on a 90 degree angle and not straight up. I have a 5,000 lb Harbor Freight special, hoping that suffices since it's a rolling weight. I bought the wireless remote too, seems worth it for $30.00 or so. Hope this helps!
Also, love your floor! How much sanding (palm sander?) did it take? It the surface slick?
No, surface is not slick! Add a mirror to assist driving car on trailer ramp and u are good to go. Stripes work just great!

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Re: Enclosed Car Trailer Tips/Suggestions

I have the receiver/winch set up on my open car trailer.

I also welded a receiver to the back horizontal of my 4 post lift so I can easily pull a non running car up the lift ramps with the winch. Much easier then pushing. In fact I can do it single handedly.
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Please show me how that is mounted to the floor!
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Please show me how that is mounted to the floor!
In post #1 you can see the receiver welded to a rectangular plate. To the front of the trailer it is mounted to the floor with a plate mounted underneath (sandwich style). With the receiver mount the winch or part of the receiver it fits into is off the floor approximately 1" which would put undue strain when winching a car up the ramp. That was quickly remedied by placing a 1X2" piece of wood underneath the receiver in essence to fill the gap between receiver and floor which makes the mounting forward of the plate solid.

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