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    In-Cab Winch Control

    So I recently got a Painless Trail Rocker system and am in the middle of installing it. It’s pre-wired for a winch control, although you apparently need to separately purchase the “Painless Wiring 57150 Trail Rocker Winch Control Add On” switch.

    So the question is whether to go this route or stick with the wired remote control. I like the idea of going the Painless route, but it adds something else that could fail, and I’m not too keen on having to fumble around for the switch panel to control the winch. Thoughts?

    Also, for anyone who is familiar with the Painless winch add on switch, does it automatically return to center (off), or do you need to switch it manually to off from either “in” or “out?”
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    That’s a good question. I’m like you in that the tried and true wired controller works and gives you the ability to use it inside or outside of the jeep. Interested to hear other opinions though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fiend View Post
    So I recently got a Painless Trail Rocker system and am in the middle of installing it. It’s pre-wired for a winch control, although you apparently need to separately purchase the “Painless Wiring 57150 Trail Rocker Winch Control Add On” switch.

    So the question is whether to go this route or stick with the wired remote control. I like the idea of going the Painless route, but it adds something else that could fail, and I’m not too keen on having to fumble around for the switch panel to control the winch. Thoughts?

    Also, for anyone who is familiar with the Painless winch add on switch, does it automatically return to center (off), or do you need to switch it manually to off from either “in” or “out?”
    Is there a way that you could wire the painless system onto the winch just below the external plug on the winch that way if the panel has an issue you can still get out the winch remote and run it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by fiend View Post
    So I recently got a Painless Trail Rocker system and am in the middle of installing it. It’s pre-wired for a winch control, although you apparently need to separately purchase the “Painless Wiring 57150 Trail Rocker Winch Control Add On” switch.

    So the question is whether to go this route or stick with the wired remote control. I like the idea of going the Painless route, but it adds something else that could fail, and I’m not too keen on having to fumble around for the switch panel to control the winch. Thoughts?

    Also, for anyone who is familiar with the Painless winch add on switch, does it automatically return to center (off), or do you need to switch it manually to off from either “in” or “out?”
    I have the Painless winch control, the winch switch automatically returns to center (off)

    you can still use your standard winch control as well, it doesn't eliminate the controller your winch came with

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeeeep View Post
    I have the Painless winch control, the winch switch automatically returns to center (off)

    you can still use your standard winch control as well, it doesn't eliminate the controller your winch came with
    Do you use and like the in cab switch?

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    I also have the painless in cab switch. It's nice to have when getting yourself out of a sticky spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiend View Post
    Do you use and like the in cab switch?
    I do like it, the few times I've used it it's been great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeeeep View Post
    I do like it, the few times I've used it it's been great.
    Cool. I’ll invest the $20 or whatever for the switch and give it a try.

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    Despite the in-cab can be more convenient, having a standard wired (or wireless) control is more versatile because it also lets you control the winch from outside also. Even though this requires a lot of caution because of lines snapping.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sahara_Maverick View Post
    Despite the in-cab can be more convenient, having a standard wired (or wireless) control is more versatile because it also lets you control the winch from outside also. Even though this requires a lot of caution because of lines snapping.


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    Agreed. Good thing this setup lets you keep the original winch controller in place as stated a few posts back. 😉

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