Here is my multi vehicle portable Warren winch. I actually started collecting pieces for it when I was living in Virginia. Aircraft rated cable, a winch switch, picked up a winch reversing relay some where. Then bought a 4.5k Warren winch "replacement core" and portable winch holder. I focused on mobility. The problem is a real winch, big winch that is not cheap garbage could weigh over 100lb for a 12k winch, with steel cable and on a portable winch holder. Trying to move a 100lb winch, in slick mud or ice, only one logical out come there. Mine weighs around 60lb. The truck forums thought my winch was too small to be of any use. But I'm not going to take my truck into a swamp and sink it in muck up to the mirrors while trespassing on someone else's land. To me doing anything like that is very juvenile. If you need a 12 or 18k winch and you aren't professional vehicle recovery, logging, or something like that you are probably doing something dumb. If you don't know how to use a winch, read the manual, understand basic mechanics or do math then you should buy the biggest winch your credit card will let you. The way winches are rated is they measure pulling force with the cable pulled out so the last wrap of cable is on the drum. If you have a full drum and only pull off a few feet of cable so that you still have cable on a full drum that will cut your pulling force about in half. So on a full drum my 4500lb winch only pulls around 2500lb. If you have an 8k winch with a full drum only pulls 4000 to 4500 pounds. If say for my winch 4500lb isn't enough, then toss the cable around the snatch block and double pulling force. Small winch problem solved. But you wouldn't know any of this if you didn't at least read the manual. I think bolting a winch on the front of a vehicle is retarded. So you're going to leave a winch on the front of one vehicle, all year, exposed to the elements, then when you need it that's when you find out it's not working, then if you do use it you are pulling your self into something you should maybe be trying to get out of. Great idea, all around. My winch is a little over 2 years old and looks and works as if it' brand new, because it sits in the garage when I don't need it, not out in the sun, wind driven rain and road dirt. My winch sits on a 2 inch Reece hitch carrier. Uses my lithium iron phosphate battery packs with Anderson connectors. The light is a 100w flood light, this light also has a switch so it can be powered by pack power or external power. Most of the wiring and connections are inside a weather proof junction box. And it's fuse protected with a 250 amp ANL fuse, with extra fuses in the j box. So I have one winch that will fit on the front or back of my suburban. The back of my car, my wife's car, the kubota tractor and the riding mower. I plan to add a 2 inch front Reece hitch to my tractor too.