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1. the winch:
excluding the big names, most of the mid grade winches are all the same just re-branded, you can get a bull dog winch and have the company put your name on it.
That being said, there is a HUGE quality difference in HF vs warn, but you do not have to go the top of the line to suite your needs.
when I started out I went the cheap route because I didnt have the money and I've personally had cars roll out of control off the trailer because the brake inside a HF winch broke and let the line free spool. Now the winch on my trail rig is made by MileMarker and its a fraction of the warn price but way better quality.
So if you use a cheap winch make sure you ALWAYS plan for it to fail, or spend a few extra dollars and get a level up.
2. the wiring:
Its easy to over engineer this and get way over budget.
Cable, big gauge connectors, and circuit breakers are not cheap so unless you plan on going all in on this deal I would just put batteries on the trailer and buy a battery tender to charge em. Then down the road you can wire the truck with an isolator.
this way you don't have the money upfront out of pocket, the trailer is self contained and cannot short out the truck, and in an emergency you can always use jumper cables on the trailer.
GD - 06 CCSB FX4 Lariat
My magic wand broke a few years back when my crystal ball fell on it. Ruined the ball too. So we're going to have to figure this one out another way. YOU NEED A MONITOR or at least a good scanner.