HOW TO: US­ING AN ELEC­TRIC WINCH

WINCHING IN­COR­RECTLY CAN HAVE DEADLY CON­SE­QUENCES. HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO YOU GET HOME SAFELY.

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Pic­ture this: You’re out driv­ing by your­self scout­ing out a new camp­site you plan to visit with some friends and fam­ily in a cou­ple of weeks. There are a few small rock ledges in your way, but you’ve driven them plenty of times be­fore.

But this time you get the line slightly wrong and you’re high-sided, wheels spin­ning in the air, with no more for­ward mo­men­tum.

With no-one around it can be a pretty daunt­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, un­less you have the most use­ful tool in the off-road­ers arse­nal – a winch.

With a ba­sic re­cov­ery kit sit­ting on the back seat and a tree 30m away, a winch turns some­thing that could be a dis­as­ter into a fiveminute de­lay.

The down­side is that winching places tremen­dous loads not only on your re­cov­ery gear but also on your four-wheel drive. It’s a sim­ple enough process but one that can have deadly con­se­quences.

This month we’re look­ing at the dos and don’ts of 12V winching, and the fun­da­men­tals that will get you home safely.

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