Jump to content
Explore Forums
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

Recommended Posts

Am I the only person that rolls around with a winch?  The desert generally doesn't provide many ready-made anchor points, but those can be improvised.  Plus other vehicles tend to be useful for that, too.

 

I can count on less than 10 fingers the times I've had to use a winch in the last 12 years, but it's nice to have just in case.  WARN and Ramsey seem to be good units, but there is lots of China competition now and I see folks buying up those units at a 30% discount.  Thing is, do they last? 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't have one, but when I got stuck in the sand, I sure could have used one. We had a few trees we could have easily anchored too. I would say if you needed it just one time and is got you out of a bad situation, it probably paid for itself that one time.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I had a Warn on my 74 CJ-5 but never had to use for me.  I was always pulling someone else out and the Warn worked great.  I didn't have a winch on my 69 CJ-5 and never put one on my 99 Wrangler.  So far (knock on wood) so good.  But I find myself stopping and walking ahead to check out the road more.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am equipment operator, and rancher I do use them. I have a cheap china made winch that it has worked for me but if some one that does not know how to use it might get hurt. as well as a long walk.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've never owned a winch. With careful off road tactics, I've been fortunatel enough to never have gotten stuck bad enough that rocking or some light shovel work hasn't gotten me out. Being somewhat a tightwad, I've never justified the need to shell out some serious bucks for a winch and the framework to support it (grill guard, cow catcher, etcetera).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think I am going to pick up a Winch for next summers travels. Just need to see if the Durango is going to make the trip this year before I pay out the money to get all I need to add one on the Durango.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Don't know offhand what is out there for the Durango, but on older trucks I had WARN Trans4mers and an ARB.  I liked the ARB because I could ram a shopping cart (or a small elk) and not care.  I liked the Trans4mer because it was easier to install.  Both were tested by me, both served me well, and the Trans4mer is what's going on the new truck, when I save enough pennies.

 

Just a couple suggestions to consider for mounting options. 

 

You might also want to try for a front 2" receiver and then mount your winch on a cradle (that's my current setup).  It's nice to be able to remove the winch, but after a season of moving 80lbs of winch around you say "No mas!"  I will probably keep the remote disconnects, though.  Easier to give and get jumps.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have my little "desert trash winch" It's a little come-a-long and is a cheap one at that. I've only had to break it out once.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 3/5/2018 at 7:40 PM, proper explorations said:

Being out in the desert I don't see much use for a winch because if I do get stuck there's usually no trees around I just bring a short shovel and bungee it to my from quad rack

If you can dig a hole, you can winch yourself out. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I carry a winch when ever I go in the desert. I put a front trailer hitch on my Frontier. I can use it on my front or rear hitch. And yes if you can dig a hole you can get out. I always carry a shovel and a high lift jack.

Dig it

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've had a Milemarker hydraulic 9,000 lb winch on my truck for probably 13 years. It's gotten me and quite a few others unstuck plus a bunch of blown down trees moved out of the road. Even used it for some body repair on my other car lol. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I used to use a WARN in a receiver cradle.  It was handy, but 99% of the time it lived in the bed of the truck.  The overhang would have otherwise caused me all sorts of problems.  Still, it's nice to winch from the front or back, and in a pinch, you can put it on another vehicle and EngiNerd the connections with a pair of jumper cables (totally not safe!). 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

  I just always had a come-a-long in my vehicle. Not so much that I didnt want a winch, more that my pocket book decided the hand ratchet was the way to go

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It think it really depends on the vehicle you have if you need a winch or not for me I have never gotten stuck I have an ATV so it's very rare for me to get stuck but I still carry a shovel just in case I see people out in the desert going offroading without any kind of winch or shovel etc and that's plain stupid because if they do get stuck what's going to happen ?? there's no cell service and it's very rare to see another person on the trails so there basically screwed.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've never been stuck that a shovel and jack couldn't get me out.  A winch can certainly be convenient.  I tend to turn around before the going gets tough enough that I think a winch would be handy.. then come back on my motorcycle where a winch wouldn't be much use anyway.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Until gravity wins and you end up in a hole that wasn't there 500 milliseconds ago.  Then the winch is pretty much non-optional.  :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Who's Online   1 Member, 0 Anonymous, 7 Guests (See full list)

  • Our picks

    • This is the location of the famous Mojave Phone Booth. Unfortunately not much is left today, but it's still a cool location to visit with an interesting history. 
      • 1 reply
    • South Pass City WY
      South Pass City, approximately 90 miles north of Rock Springs, is a historic site administered by the state of Wyoming.  It consists of over 30 log, frame, and stone buildings, along with the Carissa Mine and Stamp Mill.



      South Pass City Historic Site
      • 11 images
    • Surprise Canyon, California
      Recently, I’ve been going through my old VHS video tapes and digitizing them to DVDs.  These tapes contain my travels and explorations between 1995 and 2009.  I thought I’d start releasing some video shorts of my early travels on this forum.

      The back story for this particular video is as follows.  On March 30, 1996, I made a short hike of about a mile and a third up the lower third of Surprise Canyon, on the western slopes of the Panamint Range, Inyo County, California.  This canyon is just outside of Death Valley National Park.  This canyon has running water running year round through the stretch shown, fed by substantial Limekiln Springs, and the canyon is a water wonderland.  For those not familiar with the area, refer to the two maps.  The first one shows the canyon in relation to the region, the other a close up of the canyon and the ghost town of Panamint City.  The blue line in the close up image shows the route that was taken.

      • 23 replies
    • Exploration Field Trips - March 31-April 2, 2000 - Into the Nevada Triangle with Lew Shorb
      My next series of videos will be based on a trip in 2000 that I took with Lew Shorb.  Lew is a board member here, as well as owner of the popular website http://www.ghosttownexplorers.org/ghost.htm

      In breaking with my past habit of culling out historical sites and ghost towns and creating short videos dealing with these, I decided to keep the exploring part of Explore Forums in and create videos of each day of my travel and exploration, including our camps.  Scenery, travel, camping ghost towns and wide open spaces.

      Part one of this series, as well as subsequent videos, will all appear here within this same thread. Part I will start in my garage, where I was finishing up with the packing my truck.  The following day, after work, I begin my travels to meet Lew Shorb at Rhyolite, Nevada ghost town.

      Our three day, two night travels prowled about the "Nevada Triangle" section of northeastern Death Valley National Park; and will include such sites as:

      1. The Las Vegas & Tonopah Railroad
      2. Gold Bar
      3. Phinney Mine
      4. Strozzi Ranch
      5. Currie Well (LV&T RR)
      6. Mud Springs Summit (LV&T RR)
      7. Happy Hooligan Mine


      This video, that of March 30th and 31st, will start off this series; and is brief, only being 3:28 long.  Nevada-Triangle_Shorb-2000_Part-1.wmv

      So, below is my narrative of part one of this series to give full context of what is seen in the video.  It will probably take longer to read than the video is long.

      --------------------------


       
      • 9 replies
    • Exploration Field Trips: May 1-3, 2000 - Trip with Alan Patera and Alan Hensher into Death Valley
      Exploration Field Trips:
      May 1-3, 2000
      Trip with Alan Patera and Alan Hensher into Death Valley

      What do you do with three authors, two 4x4’s, two two-way radios, three cameras, and camping supplies? Send them to Death Valley, of course. For three days in the first week of May, 2000, fellow authors and historical researchers Alan Patera, Alan Hensher and myself explored Death Valley north and south.

      Alan Patera writes and publishes the WESTERN PLACES series of monograph books.  Alan Hensher has been published in several periodicals as well as authoring several books, centering primarily on the history of Mojave Desert sites.

      Alan Patera, who hails from Oregon, came south to California and picked up Alan Hensher; then the two came my way. At the time I was living in Ridgecrest, California. After overnighting with my wife and I, the three of us took off for Death Valley.  Alan was busy researching and photographing for a future edition of WESTERN PLACES, this time centering on the camps of the Funeral Range, which forms the eastern border of east central Death Valley.  Circumstances and changes of our journey lead Alan to plant the seeds of two more future books, this time centering just outside the northernmost section of Death Valley.




       

       
      • 4 replies
×
×
  • Create New...