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How to Use a Winch Without the Remote?

Remote control for the Winch makes the winching process easy, especially the wireless remote, as it keeps you out of harm ways. Many people feel inconvenienced by the use of a wired remote for the winch. This is understandable since you have to keep switching from inside the vehicle to the outside to do many adjustments to the winch.

At times, the length of the wired remote falls short and other times the limited range of the wireless remote becomes a hassle to deal with.

Many people end up hot-wiring the Remote controller directly to the Battery of the vehicle. This can prove dangerous on many accounts but people place convenience over safety precautions to get their work done on time.

In-cab Winch Controlling

A much-recommended option for controlling the winch without a remote is to wire the controls for the winch, inside your vehicle. This requires a bit of dexterity on your part, but the result is worth it.

This particular method of installing an In-cab winch controller comes with a safety-proof On/Off Switch, the three-way toggle switch, and small warning light.

Getting Started

The main controls for the Remote controller on every winch, are connected to the Solenoid box from the winch body. To begin with, make sure the vehicle and the winch are turned off.

You will need cutting pliers, some wire extensions and cable connectors, electrical tape, a toggle switch, a safety switch and warning light.

First off, locate the connection port that connects the remote control to the winch body. You will find a thick wire that leads to the Solenoid box from the connection port. On closer inspection, you can see three wires coming out of the thick cable connection.

A green wire (A) goes to the positive terminal on the Solenoid box which furnishes the power and the other two (B and C) are hooked to the points of in (B) and out (C) functions for the winch cable.

Take an extension cord, similar to the thick cable with the three wires and splice it up at one end to reveal the wires within. Connect the green wire (A’) of the extension cord to the positive terminal of the Solenoid box and the other two wires are to be connected to the in (B’) and out (C’) function points on the unit. A similar connection to what connects the Remote control port to the Solenoid box.

Route the other end of the extension cord upwards into the main cabin of your vehicle where you would want to install or fix the Safety switch and the Toggle switch for the In-cab winch control.

On the Other Side

At the other end of the extension cord, splice open the end and reveal the three wires within. Connect the green wire (A’’), whose other end is connected to the power positive terminal of the Solenoid unit, to one terminal of the Safety switch (M). The other two wires (B” and C”) are to be connected to the two opposite terminals of the toggle switch (X and Z).

Take a smaller and thinner extra wire and connect it with a cable connector to the other terminal of the Safety switch (N). Its other end will connect to the center terminal (Y) of the toggle switch.

This is done to remove the option of keeping the toggle switch live at all times. Connecting it to the safety switch will ensure power is pulled only when needed.

You do not necessarily have to worry about which end of the toggle switch controls the in and out function. You can flip the toggle accordingly after checking which side the in and out operations work and then fixing it in place.

For the warning light, take another thinner extra wire and with a cable connector, connect one end to the terminal of the Safety switch (N) where you already have the connection to the center terminal (Y) of the toggle switch.

The other end of this wire will connect to the warning light that has been grounded to an appropriate ground source.

You can fix all the hardware onto the dashboard if that is where you want all the switches.

One of the benefits of having the controller in the cab is that you don’t have to dig through the tool box for when you need it – and this really helps you get out of those “hairy” situations that much faster.

The instructions might appear confusing at first, but go over them twice and it will make better sense to you. You can always watch numerous videos online on how to install an In-cab winch controller if it will make your work easier.

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