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    Quote Originally Posted by goingbush View Post
    I have a 13,000lb winch in a cradle, this goes into a HR hitch front or rear on my Iveco, Ive never used it to pull the Iveco but pulled out a few trees with it as a portable winch. I always use a snatch block anyway.

    little heavy to carry a long way but easier than a tirfor.

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    Love the idea. Hope you do not mind a question. What stops the winch slipping side on when under load? I could imaging having two secure points to each side would help. Winch on my prior D3 or even boat often has a massive load to one side which I imagine would have your set up side on not square? Thoughts or suggestions appreciated with thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyDiver View Post
    Love the idea. Hope you do not mind a question. What stops the winch slipping side on when under load? I could imaging having two secure points to each side would help. Winch on my prior D3 or even boat often has a massive load to one side which I imagine would have your set up side on not square? Thoughts or suggestions appreciated with thanks.
    That is a really good question, And the answer is I dont really know, I hadn't actually thought about it, and if I had I would have tried to triangulate the mount. But I have pulled a few Palm trees out , a lot bigger than the one in the photo & the side slipping has not occurred, I guess I've been lucky to have had the rope in the centre when its pulling hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyDiver View Post
    Love the idea. Hope you do not mind a question. What stops the winch slipping side on when under load? I could imaging having two secure points to each side would help. Winch on my prior D3 or even boat often has a massive load to one side which I imagine would have your set up side on not square? Thoughts or suggestions appreciated with thanks.
    I ran into this recently, and it wasn't a hard pull, I was just trying to relocate a car, but the only available angle was tight. I don't have a solution though James, other than some sort of angled or swivelling hitch receiver, which seems a bit too complicated. Interesting avenue to explore though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tins View Post
    I ran into this recently, and it wasn't a hard pull, I was just trying to relocate a car, but the only available angle was tight. I don't have a solution though James, other than some sort of angled or swivelling hitch receiver, which seems a bit too complicated. Interesting avenue to explore though.
    Thanks John

    We did pull some huge weights at times- A Ship pull for example. Usaully to tow a target out

    Bridle rigging crossed my mind and IF your cradle allowed a secure bolt to both sides it could work. It would need a wide spread on our trucks as well. Mounting to bull bar is NOT a solution to that issue

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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyDiver View Post
    Love the idea. Hope you do not mind a question. What stops the winch slipping side on when under load? I could imaging having two secure points to each side would help. Winch on my prior D3 or even boat often has a massive load to one side which I imagine would have your set up side on not square? Thoughts or suggestions appreciated with thanks.
    Isn't that what the fairlead is for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart02 View Post
    Isn't that what the fairlead is for?
    A fairlead is a single point for securing. The issue with just one may be the hitch to the car and also to the winch cradle PLUS the rope/cable being wound onto the winch under load may shift the fulcrum point/angle making the entire cradle slip/twist left or right. The added friction may stress the rope/cable and reduce the power available for the recovery. In a bar mounted which with a fairlead a little away from the winch it is not a issue as the sideways pressure/pull/torque is dealt with by the bullbar. It is only a guess/question. In a perfectly straight pull it might not be an issue. The cradle fairlead might or might not cope as well was the point of my question

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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyDiver View Post
    Love the idea. Hope you do not mind a question. What stops the winch slipping side on when under load? I could imaging having two secure points to each side would help. Winch on my prior D3 or even boat often has a massive load to one side which I imagine would have your set up side on not square? Thoughts or suggestions appreciated with thanks.
    I imagine that if the portable winch was mounted to a hitch receiver fitted to the vehicle front/rear it should be robust enough to stop the winch from flapping about if the winch frame itself is designed to work in this manner.
    Something like this would be very handy in a situation where the only way to effect a Solo recovery is to winch the vehicle out backwards as a winch mounted on the bullbar is of little use in this sort of situation.

    With a hitch receiver and a power source is fitted both front and rear of your 4WD a single portable winch could be used for most Solo recoveries.
    The only problem that I forsee is where do you store the winch when it isnt in use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goingbush View Post
    I have a 13,000lb winch in a cradle, this goes into a HR hitch front or rear on my Iveco, Ive never used it to pull the Iveco but pulled out a few trees with it as a portable winch. I always use a snatch block anyway.

    little heavy to carry a long way but easier than a tirfor.

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    I started working on the same sort of idea, bought the cradle and a few bits and pieces to secure it to the front of my D3, but then I bought these BOG OUT 4x4 Vehicle Recovery System |Turns bogged wheels into winches I haven't used them in anger yet, I also have a tirfor which I've only ever used in a practice run, and you're right the tirfor is hard work. I also have a hi-lift jack that can be used as a winch but don't even carry it with me anymore, it has however been very useful lately to help get in and out of my panel lift garage door as the counterweight assisting spring broke. I've also never used the hi-lift jack off road, the last time I used it was to push back some fence extensions for re-securing that collapsed under the weight of a creeper in my garden.
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