In an attempt to save you time and effort, we have answered many of the top questions that we get from consumers, like you, regarding our TRAC product lines right here. If you have any additional questions, please send us an e-mail on the Contact Us page or call (615) 462-6224.

 

HOW DOES THE WINCH FREE SPOOL?
How does the winch free spool?

How does the winch free spool? Loosen the wing nut and turn the clutch knob counterclockwise 3 or 4 turns to release the clutch and allow the cable/strap to free-spool out. Tighten the knob and wing nut to power in. Be Sure to keep constant tension on the cable/strap when free spooling in or out and also when powering in or out. A loose cable/strap may rewind improperly and tangle inside the winch.

HOW CAN I TEST MY CONTROL UNIT, ELECTRIC BRAKE, AND MOTOR?
How can I test my control unit, electric brake, and motor?

How can I test my control unit, electric brake, and motor? Remove the housing. Locate and remove the electric brake from the motor and unplug it from the control unit. Power the winch to see if it works. If it doesn’t, unplug motor from the control unit and put power straight to the motor. If the motor runs, the control unit has failed.

MY WIRELESS REMOTE STOPPED WORKING? DO I NEED A REPLACEMENT REMOTE?
My wireless remote stopped working? Do I need a replacement remote?

My wireless remote stopped working? Do I need a replacement remote? Before replacing the wireless remote install a new battery. Reprogramming will be necessary to sync the fob to the winch. Reprogramming instructions can be found in the user manual on page 5. You can download the manual from this site or call 615-641-2542 to receive another copy if needed.

IF THE CABLE IS 30’ LONG CAN I USE IT POWERED ALL THE WAY OUT?
If the cable is 30’ long can I use it powered all the way out?

If the cable is 30’ long can I use it powered all the way out? No. It is important to always leave a minimum of one wrap of cable on the drum at times to maximize safety.

WILL I NEED ADDITIONAL TIE DOWN STRAPS WHEN TRAILERING MY BOAT?
Will I need additional tie down straps when trailering my boat?

Will I need additional tie down straps when trailering my boat? Yes. Always use tie-down straps for maximum safety when trailering your boat. See your boat/trailer user manual for proper use of tie-downs.

CAN I WINCH THE BOAT IN MANUALLY IF I DON’T HAVE ELECTRIC POWER?
Can I winch the boat in manually if I don’t have electric power?

Can I winch the boat in manually if I don’t have electric power? Yes, the manual crank comes with the winch and can be used to winch the boat onto the trailer.

SHOULD IT BE THIS LOUD?
Should it be this loud?

Should it be this loud? It’s an electric winch with steel gears and normally has gear noise. It’s normal.

DO I NEED TO LUBRICATE THE WINCH?
 Do I need to lubricate the winch?

Do I need to lubricate the winch? The cable should be lubricated a minimum of once a year with a Wire Rope Spray, WD40 or a similar product. Spray the spool and the cable as the cable is being wound. You may remove the cover and lubricate the gears once a year with marine grease, but it is not required. Be careful not to get grease on the clutch lining. It is not necessary to lubricate the internal gears on a new winch.

CAN I PLACE A STRAP ON MY CABLE WINCH?
Can I place a strap on my cable winch?

Can I place a strap on my cable winch? No, the spool is too wide and there is no good way to attach the strap to a cable drum. We do make the Lite Cruiser with strap – Item T10129.

HOW MUCH CURRENT (AMPS) DOES MY WINCH USE?
How much current (amps) does my winch use?

How much current (amps) does my winch use? It depends on the weight of your boat, if you have roller or flat bunks on trailer, angle of boat ramps, etc. The rough range is 20 to 35 amps.

WHAT SIZE/GAUGE WIRE SHOULD I USE TO WIRE MY VEHICLE?
What size/gauge wire should I use to wire my vehicle?

What size/gauge wire should I use to wire my vehicle? As a minimum, 10 gauge wire is acceptable. 8 gauge is best.

WHY DON’T YOU INCLUDE THE VEHICLE WIRING?
Why don’t you include the vehicle wiring?

Why don’t you include the vehicle wiring? We are trying to keep winch costs low and not everyone requires the vehicle wiring. A kit is available from TRAC (Item T10135).

WHERE DOES THE CIRCUIT BREAKER GO?
Where does the circuit breaker go?

Where does the circuit breaker go? The circuit breaker is attached to the positive (+) battery post/terminal. Never attach the circuit breaker to battery negative. If for some reason, the circuit breaker cannot be placed at the battery post, it can be spaced up to 6” away from the post, by adding a short length of battery wire between the post and the breaker.

CAN I USE THE TRAILER LIGHT PLUG ON MY TOW VEHICLE?
Can I use the trailer light plug on my tow vehicle?

Can I use the trailer light plug on my tow vehicle? The older style “4-FLAT” plug (four electrical connections in a straight row) cannot be used. The winch draws too much current for these light-weight wires. The new style 7-point round connectors typically have a 30 amp circuit. The trailer winches can draw up to a maximum of about 35 amps. So, if the winch is “maxed out” it would cause the circuit breaker to break the circuit. If the boat was light, or trailer had rollers, it is possible the winch would not reach 30 amps. There are so many variables such a ramp angle, boat weight, resistance on the trailer bunk/roller, etc., that we do not know if your rig would work or not. Many of our customers are successful using this circuit, but we do not know if your boat and trailer would work or not. Wiring your vehicle with a high-current 60 amp circuit is best. However, if you want to try the 30 amp circuit in your round plug on your tow vehicle, it is up to you. To use this circuit you should check the positive and negative wires from the vehicle plug to ground and to the battery. You will likely find the positive wire is a heavy 8 or 10 gauge which is sufficient. The negative might likely be a light gauge wire. If it is lighter than 10 gauge, it will need to be replaced with 8 or 10 gauge wire from the plug to the vehicle frame. A round plug adaptor can be purchased (we do not sell them, check any store that sells trailer lights) to plug into the receptacle on your vehicle.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO POWER THE WINCH?
What is the best way to power the winch?

What is the best way to power the winch? There are three ways to power the winch:

1. The best way is to use the vehicle’s battery. The tow vehicle’s engine (alternator/generator) puts out about 17 volts and plenty of current (amps) to power the winch. This allows the winch to achieve maximum pulling power. To use the vehicle’s battery, a vehicle wiring kit (Item T10135) can be used to route the power from the vehicle’s battery to the rear of the vehicle where a plug system can be used. The winch power cable can be plugged into this system.
2. A deep cycle marine battery can be placed in the rear bed of a pick-up truck and the winch connected to it. Use good judgment to secure the battery while trailering.
3. A deep cycle marine battery can be installed on the trailer tongue. Be sure to use an adequate battery box and means to secure the battery during trailering.

HOW CLOSE CAN I MOUNT THE WINCH TO THE BOW EYE?
How close can I mount the winch to the bow eye?

How close can I mount the winch to the bow eye? We recommend eight (8) inches clearance between the winch and bow eye to prevent the cable/strap hook from being drawn into the winch drum. There is such a wide variation between trailer and boat types that you may need more clearance, or less might be acceptable. Consider your application and position the winch so the hook remains outside the winch housing. If necessary, relocate the winch stand or bow stop to obtain clearance.

CAN I MOUNT THE WINCH ON AN ANGLE?

Yes, the winch can be installed at up to 15 degree angle (tilted up or down), but not much more than that or the cable will rub on the winch housing. NOTE: The winch should be installed so the cable (or strap), as it exits the winch, is level with the bow eye on the boat when the boat is in the fully loaded position on the trailer. If the winch is too high, extra stress is exerted on the boat’s bow eye and rear of the trailer. If the winch is too low, it will pull the boat into the bunks instead of along them. To achieve equal height of the winch and bow eye, raise or lower the winch stand or reposition the winch.

HOW IS THE WIRELESS REMOTE KIT (T10116) INSTALLED?

The T10116 consists of a wireless remote control and a control unit that is swapped out with the control unit that comes with the winch. After the wireless control unit is installed on the winch frame, the switch, motor, and battery wires are connected to the wireless control unit, and the housing reinstalled. The switch on the cover will control the anchor as will the wireless remote. The wireless remote is pre-programmed at the factory, so no programming is necessary.

MY REMOTE DOES NOT SEEM TO BE WORKING. HOW CAN I TEST IT?

We receive calls saying their remote won’t work for their anchor winches. The most common reason is that it is not turned on. Most of our anchor winch remotes have ON and OFF buttons. The ON button needs to be pressed to turn the remote on. It seems obvious, but is commonly overlooked. When the remote is turned off the remote will preserve its battery. Many people just think the ON button runs the winch in or out.

WHY DOES MY WINCH RUN IN ONLY ONE DIRECTION?

It could be the switch, control unit, or wire connection. It could also be one of the relays in the control unit failed. Check the contacts inside the switch connector to see if they are straight and seem to be aligning well.

HOW DO I TEST THE MOTOR?

Disconnect the motor from the control unit. Remove anchor from the anchor rope or let about 20’ of anchor line out. Connect the motor directly to the battery – NOTE: the motor will run immediately when connected, so make sure you do this with safety in mind. The motor can be reversed by simply reversing the wires.

HOW DO I TEST THE CIRCUIT BREAKER?

Remove circuit breaker – and connect directly to the battery. If it work, the without the breaker but not with it, then the breaker is faulty.

WHY DID MY ANCHOR WINCH STOP WORKING?

It could be a number of reasons like those listed below. Read on here to other questions to determine how best to approach each.
1. The circuit breaker could have tripped
2. The switch, control unit or motor could have failed or not have a proper wire connection
3. The power supply could be inadequate, dead battery or disconnected battery.

HOW CLOSE TO THE WINCH SHOULD I MOUNT THE METAL DAVIT WITH ROLLER?

Place an anchor shackle on the anchor eye and position the anchor in the davit – in the docked position. The anchor shackle should be no closer than about 1” from the rope spool. You do not want the shackle to be pulled inside the winch (between rope spool and cover). This could damage the winch cover. The winch can be positioned further away from the davit if desired.

HOW IS THE SAFETY CABLE USED?

Please see user manual for proper installation. Once installed, it is used to secure the anchor when motoring the boat. Never leave the anchor in the davit when trailering the boat. When trailering always place the anchor in the boat.

DO I NEED TO INSTALL THE CIRCUIT BREAKER AND WHERE DOES IT GO?

Yes. You will need to route the battery wires from the winch to the battery and connect the RED positive (+) wire to the silver post on the circuit breaker. The small hole on the buss bar (flat stamped metal part with two holes) is attached to the copper colored post on the circuit breaker and the large hole on the buss bar is attached to the battery positive terminal. The BLACK negative (-) wire is attached to the battery negative terminal.

WHAT TYPE OF ANCHOR SHOULD I USE?

The winch is designed to work best with a river or mushroom anchor. Other anchors may work, but
we do not know which ones work or don’t work. This is what we know:

  • Mushroom and River Anchors that work well: Short shank anchors such as Greenlee, Sea
  • Choice, SeaSense, Danielson, SeaDog, Attwood, and others.
  • Mushroom and River Anchors that DO NOT work well: Long shank anchors such as Roloff River
  • Special, and others.
  • Other types of anchors such as Fluke/Danforth, Richter, Navy, Bruce, Grapnel, Plow, Kedge, and
  • others do not work well in the davit. For these types of anchors, try our TRAC Fluke Anchor
  • Extended Davits that will work with the Fisherman 25™ and Big Water 45™ models.