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Choosing the Right Winch for you

If you’re fixing for old St. Nick to leave a winch under the tree for you this year, you may be wondering just which one he should be stuffing down your chimney. While the final choice is yours, you may need to stick to some basic guidelines when deciding which ProMark Offroad winch is going to make all that good behavior worthwhile. The most important factor is that

ProMark Offroad offer a wide range of truck and Jeep winches at incredible prices.

ProMark Offroad offer a wide range of ATV, truck and Jeep winches at incredible prices.

your winch must be up to the challenge of getting you out of a tight spot. Buying a winch that isn’t big enough for your vehicle will mean you get to take a long hike back home.

What size winch should I buy?

There is a very simple formula for working out the size of winch you need. Just multiply the gross weight of your vehicle (plus the weight of your passengers and gear) by 1.5. This will be the smallest winch you can buy. If you plan to ride offroad in muddy areas, you will need an even bigger winch than you would if snow is your only concern.

You should also consider the size of your vehicle so that you don’t buy a winch that is too big to fit. If you are still unsure, visit our website here for live customer support. (See the tab on the left hand side.) Our experts can help you to select the right winch for your vehicle and terrain.

ProMark Offroad Winches

Once you know what you are looking for, ProMark Offroad has a wide selection of ATV winches, truck winches and Jeep winches for you to choose from. Better still, they offer free shipping to the lower 48 states and a limited lifetime warranty. Get the best value for money from the guys who do it best at ProMark Offroad.

Tips for Winching your Truck out of the Snow

With the winter snowfalls almost upon us, it’s time to rethink your strategy for getting your vehicle out of the snow should your truck get stuck. It’s important that you follow tried and

ProMark Offroad offer a wide range of truck and Jeep winches at incredible prices.

ProMark Offroad offer a wide range of truck and Jeep winches at incredible prices.

trusted winching techniques to ensure your own safety and to prevent damage to your truck.

Prevention is better than cure

Before the snows come in, take some time to survey any routes you may take off road during the winter months. Take note of stumps, rocks and ravines which may get covered by snow and could wreak havoc on your truck.

Winching techniques

Always service your winch and check that it is securely attached and in good working order before heading out.

Dig out the snow around the tires so that it is easier for your truck to pull itself out.

Turn the wheel where possible so that the tires are pointing in the direction you wish the truck to go.

Use a tree strap if you intend to attach the winch to a tree. A tree strap will help to protect the tree and prevent damage to your winch cable or rope.

Start the truck and gently accelerate when you turn on the winch. Gentle acceleration will help ease the truck out of the snow and reduce the strain on your winch motor.

Decide beforehand where you will pull the truck out to. Ensure that your new parking spot is clear of snow and other debris.

Never hold the winch rope of cable as you could injure yourself. Stand well away from the winch when in use as a snapped cable can whip around and cause injury.

Consider using snow tires in places with heavy snowfall throughout the winter.

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How to use a Truck Winch

Whether you’re winching out of a bog or over a stubborn boulder, pull strength is of great importance for your safety and security. using a sturdy truck winch will be able to get you out of precarious situations and save your truck in the process. Not many people realize that there is a right way and a wrong way to use a winch. Using a winch properly will ensure it serves you faithfully. But using your truck winch incorrectly could put you in a bind. It could also damage your truck or hurt an innocent bystander. We’ve got all the info you need to know to use your truck winch, whether your a beginner or experienced “winch-head”.

Truck Winch

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Choose the Right Winch

Before you can use your truck winch the “right way”, you’ll need to choose the right winch first. Look for a winch that can tow the weight of your rig, including your truck and accessories. If you have something hitched as well, account for that extra weight. Make sure that your line is also rated for your rig. Choosing a winch can depend on what jobs you’ll be doing most. We recommend getting an all purpose winch for “off road” types because you never know what you might get yourself into.

5 Principles

There are a lot of different methods to truck winch operation. We’ve narrowed down your winch tips into 5 principles, 5 things to remember when using your winch:

  • Never disengage the clutch while the wire rope is under tension, and never engage the clutch while the drum is rotating.
  • Never winch when there are less than five wraps of wire cable around the winch drum.
  • Never attach a recovery strap to the winch hook in order to increase the length of a pull.
  • For extended winching, stop at reasonable intervals, allowing the winch to cool rather than overheating the winch motor.
  • Always choose a secure anchor point

Truck Winch

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Choosing a Truck Winch

If you go looking for trouble, it’s sure to find you. Despite this old saying, even if you don’t go looking for trouble, it could still come your way. This is especially true when it comes to the great outdoors. No matter how well equipped you are, there is a chance that your vehicle could get stuck. You need to be prepared to winch your truck out of any situation. Selecting a truck winch can be a difficult process. Here are a few tips to get you set up with the perfect truck winch for your weekend adventure.

Truck Winch

Mile Marker Electric Winch

Electric Winch

An electric winch is your best bet for getting out of a sticky situation. The steady pull of an electric winch is safer and more reliable than a snatch strap or trying to dig your way out. You can also operate the winch from inside your vehicle and double up the cable for more power if you need it.

Rated Line Pull

The power and durability of an electric winch is based on a combination of factors, including the gearing system, rated line pull, and motor. Rated line pull tells you how much weight the winch can pull perpendicular to the ground. When looking for the appropriate rated line pull on a winch, consider the weight of your vehicle. The rated line pull on your winch should be approximately 1.25-1.5 times greater that your total vehicle weight.

Truck Weight

If you’re not sure how much your truck weighs when you’re all packed up for a little off road adventure, find out. Although your manufacturer can tell you the gross weight of a stock vehicle, total truck weight should include any accessories or mods, gear, and people that will be in your truck when you’re driving off road. If you are looking for a DIY way, get a few buddies together and take your vehicle to a place with a large drive-on scale (sand and gravel pit, grain elevator, building and supply company, county waste disposal site, or moving company). That will give you the most accurate weight for your truck, gear, and passengers.

Cable Length

Cable length is also important to consider when it comes to choosing a truck winch. In order to get full power from your winch, you need to be able to spool out all but the last 5 or so wraps of cable. The more cable left on the drum, the less power you have to work with. If you wheel in the woods, where anchor points are usually close by, you can get away with a shorter cable length. If you wheel in wide open spaces or you usually need a longer cable for pulls, get a longer cable.

Accessories

A truck winch wouldn’t be complete without some helpful tools. Snatch blocks, clevis shackles, tree straps, recovery straps, and tow hooks are all necessary elements for rigging up and winching out.

Truck Winch

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Best Tow Points for Off Road Recovery

Tow points can baffle even the seasoned weekend adventurer. There are a few things everyone should know about tow points: strength, accessibility and pull. These three things make off road recovery a cinch. Not knowing your connection point strength, where it is on the vehicle, and how easy it is to work with can cause some difficulty. Make sure you have your ducks in a row, hunting or winching out of a tight mess, and your truck winch or recovery strap will get you back on the road to the next adventure.

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8000 lb Silverback Series Electric Recovery Winch

The D-Ring

A D-Ring is typically the best way to attach a winch hook or recovery strap to your tow point, since it can withstand the force of the pull and is easy to rig up. Using a D-Ring will allow you to attach the bow shackle to a suitable frame point. Make sure that you get a D-Ring rated for off road recovery work (30,000-40,000 pound), as an insufficient shackle will increase the likelihood of it become a flying projectile.

Hitch-Mounted Pulling

Hitch-mounted tow points are effective but only when attached to the frame of the vehicle. Most tend to be tow loops and metal ears that aren’t quite up to OEM standards. A shackle block might help, but you really need to know how well your hitch is attached to the frame.

Yanking the Frame

Pulling the frame itself could be considered questionable. Some spots on the frame might be able to take  D-ring for tow. Most truck frames can handle the abuse as well. Also, most cars sold in the US have tow points located at the end of their frames for towing purposes.

Alternative Tow-Points

Pintle hitches are commonly used in the military, making for a nearly indestructible and dependable hitch. The pintle ring, which is nothing more than a steel loop, should be sufficient for towing up to 10,000 pounds.

ATV Winches for Off Road Recovery

If you ride offroad, one of the first off road recovery accessories you should purchase is an ATV winch. Check out our selection of SuperwinchMile Marker, and ProMark ATV winches at ProMarkOffroad.com. Get free shipping on all ATV winches shipped to the lower 48 U.S.

 

How to Pull Out a Stuck Vehicle with a Truck Winch

If you’ve got a truck winch, chances are that someone, sometime is going to ask you to pull out their stuck vehicle. If you agree to do it, here are some tips for staying safe and avoiding damage to your truck or the other vehicle.

Truck winch

Think safety when using a truck winch to pull out a stuck vehicle.

1. Don’t rush it.

Take your time when you’re figuring out the best way to pull out a stuck vehicle and then rigging up for the pull. Pulling out a stuck vehicle can be extremely dangerous if not done properly. If you’re rushed, it’s just way too easy to forget something simple or skip important safety checks.

2. Evaluate the situation.

Before you rig up for the pull, step back a minute and figure out the best way to pull out the stuck vehicle. What type of equipment should you use? Is a truck winch or snatch strap the best option, or should you call a tow truck? Is the stuck vehicle on a busy highway where you risk getting hit? Make the best call based on the situation and the safety of all those involved.

3. Rig up for the pull.

Once you’ve decided that you can safely yank out the stuck vehicle with a snatch strap or truck winch, it’s time to rig up for the recovery. Position your vehicle so that it’s as much in line with the stuck vehicle as possible (although if the stuck vehicle is sideways in a ditch, you may not be able to do this). Use your best judgment. Take your time rigging up the truck winch or attaching the snatch strap.

4. Attach to a strong recovery point.

Never attach your winch hook or snatch strap to a point on the stuck vehicle that could break, such as the bumper or tow ball. Make sure you hook up to an approved tow point. The stronger the recovery point, the better.

5. Do it yourself.

If you take the responsibility of recovering a stuck vehicle, make sure that you personally oversee the rigging and recovery process. Don’t let someone else rig up your truck winch for you. Always double check your own work before operating the winch to make sure all connections and recovery points are secure.

Truck Winches

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Truck Winch Wireless Remote Tips for Offroad Recovery

If you own a truck winch, you might want to consider upgrading your winch with a wireless winch remote kit. Not only does it let you operate your truck winch from a distance, but the remote is small enough to keep on your keychain—no more digging in the tool box for your corded winch remote.

Wireless truck winch remote

Power your truck winch with a wireless remote.

Here are some tips for installing and using your truck winch wireless remote.

Installation

  • Before you install a wireless winch remote for your truck winch, make sure you disconnect the vehicle ground and positive leads from the battery. Wear eye protection and remove all metal jewelry before connecting the wiring.
  • You’ll need to make sure that your battery is up to snuff with the winch remote requirements. The battery or power supply must be able to handle the minimum electrical requirements for your wireless remote. If it’s not, consider using an auxiliary battery and heavy-duty alternator for heavy winching.
  • Find the best location for the contactor. We recommend mounting the contactor near the truck winch if possible. Make sure there is sufficient clearance from all metal components, such as frame tubes.
  • Make sure the wiring harness doesn’t interfere or come into contact with any hot or moving engine, suspension, steering, braking, or exhaust parts.
  • Make sure the winch remote is wired correctly. If the In/Out buttons work backwards, you’ll need to switch the positive and negative wires attached to the winch.

Using Your Wireless Winch Remote

  • Store the wireless winch remote on your keychain so that you don’t lose it.
  • Test out your wireless winch remote before you actually need to use it. It’s better to work out the kinks in a no-pressure situation than to find out that your remote isn’t set up correctly when you’re stuck in a mud bog 20 miles from the nearest highway.
  • Don’t let anyone else use or play with the wireless winch remote. Operating the winch unintentionally can be dangerous and cause damage to your truck winch.

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3 Winter Off-Road Safety Tips for Jeeps and Trucks

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Go prepared for wheeling in the snow.

There’s no need to stow your Jeep or rig away for the winter when snow arrives. Wheeling in the snow can be just as much of an adventure as wheeling in the warmer months. Kids aren’t the only ones who can have fun playing in the snow!

Winter wheeling has its own set of dangers, so it’s important to go prepared. Here are 3 safety tips for winter off-road driving to make sure you get home safe and sound.

1. Get your recovery gear ready.

If you get stuck 20 miles from the nearest plowed road, you’d better be prepared to get out on your own or with the help of another rig in the group. The right recovery tools will get you out fast, which is important in cold, wet weather.

A Jeep or truck winch (rated appropriately for your vehicle), snatch straps, tow hooks, and a few recovery winch accessories will get you out of most situations. Don’t forget a shovel, either. Sometimes a simple tool is all you need to get unstuck.

2. Dress for the weather.

Even though you’ll be riding inside most of the time, be prepared for spending time outside your truck or Jeep, especially if you get stuck.

Make sure your boots and outerwear are waterproof, and avoid wearing cotton clothing. As mountaineers know, cotton kills. Dress in layers with clothing that dries quickly, such as wool, polyester, or synthetic materials. Bring an extra change of clothing in case you get wet. Hypothermia can set in quickly, which is dangerous when you’re wheeling in an isolated area.

3. Pack an emergency kit.

Wheeling in snow requires extra precautions. Make sure you have a medical emergency kit in your vehicle (which you should have with you year round), along with a heavy blanket or sleeping bag, extra water, food, a tarp, and emergency flares. Always let someone at home know where you plan to go wheeling and when you plan to be back. Wheel in groups whenever possible.

Offroad Recovery Gear

Whether you’re wheeling in the snow or in a summer mud hole, we can get you unstuck. Get an offroad-approved Jeep winch or truck winch from ProMark Offroad to get you back on the trail in no time.

What Size Winch Do I Need for My Jeep or Truck?

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Get the right size winch for your Jeep or truck.

How much winch power is enough for your truck or Jeep? The industry rule-of-thumb is to multiply the gross weight of your vehicle by 1.5 for a minimum rating. In real-world situations, however, there’s a lot more that goes into deciding what size winch is best for your rig.

How and where will you use your winch?

How you use your recovery winch and what type of terrain you encounter will influence how much winch power you need. For pulling vehicles out of the mud, you’ll need a lot more winch power than if you use your winch to pull a rolling load on flat, stable terrain.

The “sucking” force of mud and sand demands a lot of power from your winch. Heavy mudders will need a winch rating at least 2 times the gross weight of their truck or Jeep. And that’s just the minimum.

For example:
5000 lb. truck (GVW) x 2 = 10,000 lb winch (minimum)

Incline matters, too. For steep grades, you’ll need more winch power. For steep hills, mountainous terrain, and pulling a load up a ramp, you’ll need to consider a larger winch size.

How often will you use your winch?

If you use your winch frequently, you should choose a larger winch size. The harder your winch has to work, the faster it will wear out. A more powerful winch motor will not have to work as hard to pull a load. Although you might need to “max out” your winch once in awhile, it’s not good practice to use the full capacity on a regular basis. The strain on the motor will wear down your winch quicker than if you purchased a more powerful winch.

Understanding Winch Ratings

Recovery winches are rated based on the first layer of winch cable (closest to the drum). To reach the full capacity of your winch, you’ll need to spool out enough cable so that only one layer is left on the drum. If the distance between your recovery winch and the load you’re pulling is too short to spool out enough cable, you may need to rig up a double line pull.

Jeep Winches and Truck Winches

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Winching Safety: Before You Pull

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Respect the power of your Jeep or truck winch by following these safety tips.

When you get a new truck winch or Jeep winch, the first thing you want to do is test it out. Before you start pulling with your winch, though, you should learn how to use it safely. Winches are powerful tools, but they demand the same respect you would give any dangerous tool around the house or yard.

Use common sense.

When you’re working around an electric winch, the most important thing to remember for your own safety is to keep your wits about you. Don’t operate a recovery winch if you’re tired or distracted. That’s when accidents are more likely to happen.

Assess the situation.

Before you rig up for a pull, take a step back and assess the situation. Plan out how you’re going to rig up the winch and pull out the stuck vehicle. Use your knowledge of physics and mechanics to make good decisions. Every situation is unique.

Don’t rush.

Take your time when it comes to assessing the situation and rigging up for the pull. Double check the rigging and make sure everything is hooked up right before you start winching. Don’t let the adrenaline rush of an urgent situation get the best of you. As the British say, “Keep calm and carry on.”

Use the right equipment.

Never take chances with winch accessories or recovery equipment that’s not rated for the job or that shows signs of damage. You’re only as strong as your weakest link. If your truck or Jeep winch is rated for 8000 pounds but your winch hook is only rated for 5000 pounds, you could be setting yourself up for an accident.

Take the time to inspect your equipment before every pull. The winch cable is one of the most abused parts of your winch, so pay careful attention to the condition of your cable.

Protect your hands.

Always, always wear leather gloves when handling winch cable. The factory coating on the wire rope can irritate your skin, and loose wires can slice into your hands. Never let the rope slide through your hands. Use the winch hook strap to free spool the cable.

Take responsibility.

Your winch is your responsibility. Don’t let anyone else rig up the winch or handle the control switch. You are responsible for the safety of yourself and those around you. Communicate clearly with others involved in the winching process so they know exactly what’s going on.

Practice.

Using a truck or Jeep winch takes practice. Test out your winch recovery skills in no-stress situations, and get comfortable with the process before attempting to pull someone out in a stuck situation. If you sense the situation is beyond your ability to handle safely, don’t hesitate to call a tow truck. Your life is more important than your wallet or your pride.