Whether you’re the outdoorsy type who likes to take his rig off-road or you simply take pride in maintaining a pristine yard free of stumps and other large debris, everybody who owns a truck or SUV has need of a winch and trailer hitch at some point. You’re free to learn the hard way if you so choose, but take it from someone who knows first-hand: in a fight between your bumper, a length of chain and a large boulder, the boulder will win every time.
When you need to safely move items, including your own rig when it gets stuck in the mud, winches end up paying for their cost in only one use. Winches work by winding wire around a drum while keeping a steady tension on it. Depending on what you plan on using it for, there are a number of winches available, including Chevy winch options, in a wide range of strengths and sizes.
When considering winching speed, there are two options: a planetary gear train and worm gear train. For the fastest speeds, check into winches with a planetary gear train. Some are faster than others, but nearly all perform well under varying conditions. For a steady pace with less heat, winches with a worm gear train have fewer moving parts and can work extremely hard without creating a lot of excess heat.
The other major decision regarding winches is whether you need an electric or hydraulic winch. Electric winches are easy to install and usually bolt right onto your rig with a couple of wires running up to your car battery for power. Available for both the older 24-volt systems and the more modern 12-volt setups, electric winches are the more convenient of the two when you want to remove your winch during the off-season. The one leg up hydraulic winches have over their electric counterparts is their continuous pull time, enabling them to be used non-stop for extended periods of time. In addition, hydraulic winches don’t require your vehicle to be running to operate, saving you from burning fuel as well as preventing needless wear and tear on the engine while it sits idle.
Now that you’re able to practically move mountains, you need a way to transport them. For that, you’re going to need to invest in a trailer hitch. CURT trailer hitches and similar heavy-duty models from leading aftermarket manufacturers can haul just about anything just about anywhere. They’re available in numerous classes, ranging from simple replacement hitches to heavy-duty gooseneck hitches, support 10,000 lbs and more, and are easily concealed with any number of stylish hitch covers.
Silverado trailer hitches, a Suburban hitch and similar vehicle-specific trailer hitches attach to the chassis of your vehicle and allow the towing of campers, boats and a wide array of other recreational equipment, trailers and cargo carriers. Trailer hitches are available in two main configurations: receiver type and fixed-drawbar type. Receiver-type hitches mount to the frame of your rig and accept most hitch balls. Fixed-drawbar hitches are usually a one-piece construction and have a built-in hole for the trailer ball. The drawback here is that they’re typically not compatible with aftermarket hitch accessories.
Finally, a word to the wise: don’t forget towing lights. Required by law in most states, they’ll keep you safe while saving you a hefty traffic citation.
Winches, trailer hitches and other similar Chevy accessories enable you to get the most out of your vehicle. Easy to install, they come complete with all the necessary mounting hardware and instructions, providing a long life of reliable wear when you need it most: in the wild.
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