Winch Safety Information


for leisure, commercial & motorsport trailers in the UK

Car transporter trailers fitted with manual winch.

  • This winch is not built for lifting purposes, or to be used for lifting, supporting or transporting people.
  • Check for any signs of damage, including ratchet operation, if in doubt do not use.
  • Never allow children or anybody unfamiliar with the winch operation to operate it.
  • Never exceed rated capacity.
  • Do not use winch with cable / strap fully extended.  Keep at least three turns of cable / strap on spool.
  • Operate with hand power only.  Do not operate with any form of motor.
  • Secure load correctly.  A winch is not designed as primary restraint and should be only used in conjunction with load securing devices e.g. straps, chains etc.
  • Maintain firm grip on handle; do not allow to spin freely when unloading. This can spin violently causing personal injury.
  • If winch is of a braked type ensure when using brake facility winch is in neutral position, or handle is removed.
  • Do not use winch handle as a convenient means of maneuvering the entire trailer.
  • If winch handle is detachable (i.e. DL type), ensure handle is attached securely to drive shaft and that the handle clips are engaged into the groove on shaft.
  • Periodically lubricate the mechanisms with a light machine oil e.g. WD40 and check the cable for any signs of fraying.  If cable / strap damage is found, then cable should be replaced.
  • If any parts need replacing, our aftersales department carry a comprehensive range of spares for overnight delivery.

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Winner Trailers now supply a wide range of car, truck and race trailer accessories

From security features like locking hitch covers and wheel clamps to items that make loading and towing that bit more effortless such as wheel chocks or an electric “Superwinch”.

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