This portable winch is a must have for an off-grid dweller or off-road explorer. It’s set up to work off a trailer hitch, 12 volt car battery and has a pulling rate of 2000lbs. Picked up last year, on sale, for only $79 dollars (regular $129.99).
The project I needed it for was to move some large logs a distance of 50 feet and up a hill at our off grid cabin. Decided to try the “Winch-in-a-bag”. Since I didn’t have a trailer hitch, I had change the mount for my application. Used a come-a-long hand winch anchored to a tree and the other hook through the trailer hitch base plate. Found a wooden box used for hauling wood scraps and put the winch on it to keep it out of the dirt.
The winch comes with a 30-foot cable, but I still had another 20 feet to go to reach the logs. Found a heavy-duty ratchet and strap in the workshop and used that to snag the logs.
It worked quite well. Had no problem pulling the logs up and didn’t see any safety concerns.
Spent a few days up at the cabin messing around with projects. The weather was quite mild and it made it easier to get outside projects finished. One of them was to go up on the roof and remove snow and fix a leak. I needed an extension ladder to get on the roof safely. Had a spare 30-foot extension ladder at home, so it was brought up to the cabin. The drive up was quite loud with the wind whistling over the ladder on top of the car. (Must of scared away all the deer in the area!)
Since the main roads were covered with “Black Ice” (that’s ice that can’t be distinguished between the road or water) the drive took a lot longer and I arrived late at night. My family and I decided to walk in and then come back the next day to haul the reminder of supplies in. It’s not always easy to get all your materials onsite. In the winter, everything has to be transported in using a snowmobile and a cargo sled. The object is to make as few trips as possible.
I had to transport a large container of firewood, flooring, lumber and an extension ladder all at the same time. With a bad snow storm approaching, I didn’t have a lot time, so I quickly tied everything on and hoped that it didn’t fall off or get stuck in the forest.
The trail I took started through a driveway that was a solid piece of ice. It was a little tricky to drive through, the cargo sled would move left or right depending on the terrain. Once I got to the trail, it was covered with four feet of snow, but packed down. I had to navigate through the trees and over stumps. A little challenging at times, because you don’t want to catch a ski on a branch or fall into the soft snow near the base of a tree. Managed to hit only one tree with the end of the ladder. It happened on a tight turn and the ladder was sticking out. The bump actually help straighten out the ladder on top of the load.
After few minutes of careful navigation, the snowmobile and cargo made it to the front door. But due to a pile of snow, all the weight slid to one side and the load toppled over. Well, on the bright side, nothing was damaged and I made it to the front door.
Part 2 of the Going Off Grid for March Break Series
Earlier in the month of March, headed up to the family cabin high in the mountains. It’s always easier if one person goes up first, starts a fire, unpacks and knock a few chores off. Then, when then the rest of the group arrives, spirits are much higher.
This video shows loading up the cargo sled with firewood, hauling it through the bush, tour of the cabin and then a little plug for IKEA LED lights.
Hope this series videos answers a few of the viewers questions.
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