Trailer Winch Guide

Whether you need to winch an old tractor from a pasture or pull a friend out of a ditch, trailer winches can be a lifesaver. Trailer winches have literally thousands of recreational and commercial uses. Once you add a winch to your trailer, you will wonder how you ever did without.

We install Smittybilt winches from the factory on our trailers. We typically recommend the 9.5k winch for most carhauler and tilt trailers and the 12k/17.5k winches for gooseneck, pintle, and heavy tilt trailers. If you would like to see mounting plate locations please view our winch plate guide.


Smittybilt XRC-9.5 Gen2 Winch

Smittybilt XRC-9.5 Gen2 Winch

Trailer Models: B5, B6, B8, C5, CC, C8, TF, TH, T6, T7, T5, & P8

  • Option Code: -WN95
  • Economy Model
  • Rated Line Pull: 9,500Lbs (4,309kgs) single-line
  • Waterproofing: IP67 Rating
  • Fairlead: 4-Way Roller
  • Remote Control: Included
  • Motor: 6.6hp Series Wound
  • Recommended Battery: 650CCA Minimum for Winching
  • Control: Remote Switch, 12 (3.7m) lead
  • Battery Leads: 25mm, 72" (1.83m)
  • Gear Train: 3-Stage Planetary
  • Gear Ratio: 161.28:1
  • Finish: Textured Black
  • Weight: 78.0 lbs (35.0 k)
  • Clutch: Sliding Ring Gear Mounting
  • Bolt Pattern: 10.0 " x 4.5 "
  • Brake: Automatic In-Drum
  • Overall Dimensions (L x W x H): 22.3" x 5.4" x 9.4"
  • Drum Size: Diameter 2.5"
  • Cable Type: Wire Rope
  • Cable: 93.5 5/16" Diameter
  • Length: 10.0" (254mm)
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Smittybilt X2O 12K GEN2 Wireless Winch

Smittybilt X2O 12K GEN2 Wireless Winch

Trailer Models: FS, FD, LD, LY, FY, F8, TD, T8, T9, T5, T7, C8, & B8

  • Option Code: -WN12
  • Rated Line Pull: 12,000Lbs (5,454kgs) Single Line
  • Waterproofing: IP68 Rating
  • Motor: 6.6hp Series Wound
  • Control: Remote Switch, 12 (3.7m) lead
  • Gear Train: 3-Stage Planetary
  • Gear Ratio: 265:1
  • Clutch: Sliding Ring Gear
  • Brake: Automatic Out-Of-Drum
  • Drum Size: Diameter 2.5"
  • Cable: 98.5' 3/8" Diameter
  • Cable Type: Braided Steel Wire Rope
  • Fairlead: 4-Way Roller
  • Remote Control: Included
  • Integrated Wireless Remote
  • Recommended Battery: 650CCA Minimum for Winching
  • Battery Leads: 25mm2, 72"(1.83m)1
  • Finish: Textured Black
  • Weight: 99.0Lbs (45.0Kgs)
  • Mounting Bolt Pattern: 10.0" x 4.50"
  • Overall Dimensions: (L x W x H) 22.3" x 5.4" x 9.4"
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Smittybilt X2O 17.5K GEN2 Wireless Winch

Smittybilt X2O 17.5K GEN2 Wireless Winch

Trailer Models: FS, FD, LD, LY, FY, F8, TD, T8, T9, T5, T7, C8, & B8

  • Option Code: -WN18
  • Waterproofing: IP68 Rating
  • Rated Line Pull: 17,500Lbs (7,954kgs) Single Line
  • Motor: 6.6hp Series Wound
  • Control: Remote Switch, 12' (3.7m) lead
  • Gear Train: 3-Stage Planetary
  • Gear Ratio: 430:1
  • Clutch: Sliding Ring Gear
  • Brake: Automatic Out-Of-Drum
  • Drum Size: Diameter 3.45"
  • Cable: 98.5' 3/8" Diameter
  • Fairlead: 4-Way Roller
  • Remote Control: Included
  • Integrated Wireless Remote
  • Recommended Battery: 650CCA Minimum for Winching
  • Battery Leads: 25mm2, 72"(1.83m)1
  • Finish: Textured Black
  • Weight: 150.0Lbs (45.0Kgs)
  • Mounting Bolt Pattern: 10.0" x 4.50"
  • Overall Dimensions: (L x W x H) 22.3" x 7.5" x 10.7"
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