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9000-Lb. Capacity Hitch Receiver for Winch

08/24/10 | by theprofessor [mail] | Categories: Uncategorized, MoHo/RV, Automotive

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Hitch Receiver for Winch
Hitch Receiver with Winch Mounted
Item: 9000-Lb. Capacity Hitch Receiver for Winch
Item number: 66409
Retail price: $39.99
Frequent sale price: n/a
Target price: undetermined but under $30
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We haven't actually evaluated this product yet, we haven't even determined a reasonable target price, but it's so cool that we just had to post our preliminary observations sight-unseen. (Hum, there seems to be some type of contradiction with "unseen observations" ;).) Maybe we don't get out enough, but we haven't seen this product before despite the fact it's an obvious 'invention' for everyone who has a Class III receiver hitch and wants to winch occasionally. It avoids the potential problems associated with permanently mounting a winch on your vehicle, such as exposing it to the elements and to thieves or perhaps just to hecklers laughing at the undersized winch on your Jeep Wrangler (You might expect a real man's winch on a Jeep, but I copped out and thus far only have a rather anemic 3000-lb. winch for it -- somewhat embarrassing for a Jeep enthusiast.) How much to I like it? Well, it's the first product to receive two pictures in one review.

This hot little item allows anyone with a 2" receiver tube (e.g., Class III receiver) mounted on their vehicle to have a fully capable winch with up to 9,000-lb capacity. Even those more subtle, classier road vehicles can now do some serious winching when called upon without complicated, unsightly mounting brackets. Wow, that's impressive. I can imagine someone's Buick pulling themselves out of a ditch on a cold winter morning after sliding off a slippery curve. No more waiting for the auto club; it's self-extraction time for those luxury sedans.

Of course we do have our 12-volt electric portable winch that mounts on our hitch ball for temporary use, but this winch mount hosts our 3000-lb remote-controlled winch which is not only more powerful but much faster in actually winching. And it's so much Jeepier. It evens give one a reason for a second Class III receiver tube mounted to the FRONT of your vehicle. (Hey, that's really "Jeeping it up.") Combined with a 6,000- or 9,000-lb capacity winch, it's much more capable than anything you could mount on a hitch ball.

A new winter accessory for those BMW owners always in a hurry? (Every notice how many seem to run red lights? They MUST be in a hurry!) Add one of these babies with a good-sized winch to your trunk for winter ballast and for self-extraction when needed. This makes a rather cheap accessory by BMW standards and could stimulate lots of conversation at the office parties during the winter holidays. Now you have a way to more subtly bring up the topic of your expensive car without directly flaunting the fact that you drive a Bimmer: "Yes, the roads were very slippery today. I had to winch myself out twice during the drive in to work." :P You might want to add an inexpensive tool bag to stow a tow strap for extracting your office-mates on the drive home after the party. (Hey, why not save some money on the bag? Even those with luxury sedans can have cash-flow problems.) And if you're looking for another icebreaker for the ladies, imagine yourself being able to extract some distressed lady after she's driven her car into a ditch.

Bottom line: Excuse me for cheating but I wanted to post the product somewhere where I will frequently see it, ever watching for it to hit that undetermined low target price so I can finally buy-it-and-try-it. And sharing (my discovery) is usually good too.

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