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Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 7,800 lbs

Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 7,800 lbs

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Standard-duty winch with 5.2-hp, permanent magnet motor lets you quickly and safely pull vehicles onto your trailer. Low-profile winch fits easily into most custom boxes and cabinets. Includes hand-held remote and mounting plate with hardware. Call 800-298-8924 to order Bulldog Winch electric winch part number BDW10032 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Bulldog Winch products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 7,800 lbs. Electric Winch reviews from real customers.
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Bulldog Winch Electric Winch - BDW10032

  • Car Trailer Winch
  • Bulldog Winch
  • 7800 - 9000 lbs
  • Synthetic Rope
  • Plug-In Remote
  • Medium Line Speed
  • 5.0 HP
  • Load Holding Brake

Standard-duty winch with 5.2-hp, permanent magnet motor lets you quickly and safely pull vehicles onto your trailer. Low-profile winch fits easily into most custom boxes and cabinets. Includes hand-held remote and mounting plate with hardware.


  • Standard-duty winch lets you pull cars, trucks, mini-vans, and other vehicles onto your trailer
    • Perfect for car haulers, race car trailers, pipetops, tandem axles, and tilt trailers
  • Low-profile design - fits easily into most custom cabinets or boxes
  • Steel mounting plate and hardware included
    • Lets you mount winch and fairlead to trailer deck or frame
  • 5.2-hp, Permanent magnet motor delivers powerful, fast, and safe line pulling
    • Motor is lighter and uses less current than a series-wound motor
    • Vent lets vapor escape to prevent moisture buildup
  • Sealed, 450-amp contactor transmits power from your battery to the winch motor
    • Water- and weather-resistant to IP67 specifications
  • Side-mounted power unit includes contactor, plastic housing, and all electrical wiring
  • Automatic, mechanical brake holds 100 percent of the load while minimizing winch creep
  • All-steel, 3-stage planetary gear train
    • Provides increased drum speed when compared with worm drives and 1- or 2-stage planetary gear trains
  • Rubber, hand-held remote with 20' lead lets you operate winch from the back of most trailers
    • Weather-resistant switch powers the load in and out
    • Wireless remote control (BDW20156 - sold separately) available
  • Free-spooling clutch ensures fast rope payout and reduces wear on the motor
    • Gearbox can be rotated 360 degrees so you can reach the clutch handle no matter where you mount the winch
  • 5/16" Diameter HMPE synthetic rope is strong as steel yet lightweight and safer to handle
    • 50' Long with 6' woven polyester protective sleeve
    • 3/8" Steel hook and nylon hand-saver strap included
  • Heavy-duty, CNC machined billet aluminum hawse fairlead
    • Rounded fairlead hole helps prevent friction damage to rope
    • Clear anodized finish resists corrosion
  • Durable, black powder coated steel body and motor resist corrosion
    • Dacromet-plated motor tube resists internal corrosion
  • Tie-bars and side frames help to create a strong and rigid winch body


  • Rated line pull (with a single layer of synthetic rope around the drum):
    • Static load: 7,800 lbs
    • Rolling load: 78,000 lbs
  • Motor: 12-volt DC
    • Line pull at 0 lbs:
      • Power draw: 80 amps
      • Line speed: 10 FPM
    • Line pull at 7,800 lbs:
      • Power draw: 330 amps
      • Line speed: 4 FPM
  • Gear ratio: 218:1
  • Duty cycle: 2 minutes on/15 minutes off
  • Braking: 100-percent load-holding mechanical
  • Battery lead wire: 3 gauge
  • Battery lead length: 6'
  • Rope dimensions: 50' long x 5/16" (8 mm) diameter
  • Winch dimensions: 15" long x 8" wide x 6-1/2" tall
  • Drum dimensions: 2-1/2" diameter x 2-11/16" long
  • Mounting bolt pattern:
    • Winch: 4-1/2" x 4"
    • Plate: 12" x 5-13/16"
  • Distance between hawse fairlead mounting holes (center to center): 6-15/32"
  • Minimum winch box/cabinet size: 20" wide x 10" tall
  • Winch weight (with synthetic rope installed): 60 lbs
  • Recommended battery size (for maximum power): 650 CCA
  • 2-Year limited warranty

Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch

This compact, standard-duty trailer winch lets you pull cars, trucks, mini-vans, and other vehicles onto your trailer. You can mount the winch directly to your trailer deck or front rail with the included mounting plate. The side-mounted power unit and rotating gearbox allow the winch to fit easily into most custom cabinets or boxes. And it includes a hand-held remote, synthetic rope, hawse fairlead, and a free-spooling clutch.

Heavy-Duty, 5.2-Horsepower Motor

Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch Motor

This winch features a 5.2-horsepower, 12-volt DC motor with 7,800 lbs of line pull. The permanent magnet motor offers the same line-pulling power and speed as a series-wound motor of comparable size, but it's lighter and uses less current. The motor is constructed of durable, corrosion-resistant materials including the powder coated housing, copper battery terminals, and zinc-plated steel hardware.

Power Unit with Sealed Contactor

Power Unit

The contactor - or solenoid - transmits power from the vehicle's battery to the winch motor. The 450-amp contactor - located inside the power unit - is sealed to meet IP67 specifications for water and weather resistance. The copper terminals and zinc-plated hardware are corrosion resistant.

Bulldog Winch Remote plug

There is a rubber-sealed, weatherproof attachment port on the power unit for the remote control. An integrated rubber cap lets you cover the port when it's not in use.

Free-Spooling Clutch

Bulldog Winch Free-Spooling Clutch freespool

The free-spool clutch enables you to pull out the rope by hand. This saves battery power, prevents the brake from wearing down prematurely, reduces wear on the motor, and is much faster than waiting for the drum to unroll the rope. To release the clutch for free-spooling simply rotate the handle to the position indicated by the stick figure icon on the label. To reengage the clutch, rotate the handle back to the position indicated by the vehicle icon on the label.

The clutch is driven by a 3-stage planetary gear train. This provides more speed than traditional worm gear drives or 1- or 2-stage planetary gear trains. An internal spring-loaded pin locks it into or out of gear when the handle is turned.

The gearbox can be rotated in 30-degree increments to 12 different positions to ensure that you can easily access the clutch handle no matter where the winch is mounted. This is great for installation in a custom cabinet or box where space is limited.

The chrome-plated clutch handle is stylish and weather resistant. The steel gearbox is sealed to keep out moisture, and it has a rust-resistant black powder coat finish.

Automatic, Load-Holding Mechanical Brake

Bulldog Winch Mechanical Brake

The automatic mechanical brake securely holds a load and prevents unintentional payout (or creep). A large spring coil contracts when the winch is in gear and the drum is winding in. When the winch stops, the load starts to pull and the spring expands to press against the spring chamber. The pressure of the spring on the wall of the spring chamber creates resistance to stop the drum from rotating outward. At maximum pressure the brake holds 100 percent of the load.

The friction created when the spring is pressing against the spring chamber creates heat. That heat is quickly dispersed away from the motor shaft and through the gearbox. This prevents potentially damaging heat buildup near the motor.

Weather-Resistant Hand-Held Remote

Bulldog Winch Hand-Held Remote

The hand-held remote has a 20' lead and in/out rocker switch so you can control your winch from the back of your trailer. The rocker switch is sealed and water resistant so it won't get damaged in wet conditions. Simply plug the durable plastic remote into the power unit when you need to use it, and disconnect it to store it away when you aren't using it.

The wireless remote kit (BDW20156 - sold separately) lets you operate the winch from up to 100' away.

Synthetic Rope

Bulldog Winch Synthetic Rope

The rope is made of synthetic HMPE fiber that is lightweight yet stronger than steel. This synthetic rope is safer to use than a steel rope because it generates less kinetic energy - and therefore less kickback - if a break occurs. It won't stretch - or creep - over time like steel rope can. And it's also less likely to fray and create sharp strands so it's easier to handle and easier to spool.

The rope winds around a solid steel drum. The mounting flanges are strong enough to resist bending or breaking if the rope wrap becomes uneven and excess stress is put on the drum.

A 6' long woven polyester protective sleeve at the hook end of the rope provides extra protection for your hands. A hand-saver strap is also included to use in conjunction with work gloves (BDW20070 - sold separately) so that you can safely handle the rope and hook.

Steel Hook

The hook attaches directly to a stainless steel thimble at the end of the synthetic rope. The hook is constructed of high-strength forged alloy steel that is heavy duty and rust resistant. It has a spring-loaded safety latch for quick fastening and removal.

Aluminum Hawse Fairlead

Bulldog Winch Aluminum Hawse Fairlead

The compact hawse fairlead is designed for use with synthetic ropes. It helps guide the rope as it's winding in and out, and it has a rounded hole to help prevent wear on the rope. The 3/4" thick fairlead has a silver anodized finish that resists corrosion, and it installs to the mounting plate with zinc-plated hardware.

Rugged Construction

Bulldog Winch Winch Body

The winch is constructed of strong, durable materials that are able to withstand any weather condition or terrain. The motor housing and gearbox are made of corrosion-resistant powder coated steel. The contactor is sealed to keep water out, and the power unit is made of heavy-duty yet lightweight plastic. The steel tie bars and side frame drum supports help to create a strong and rigid winch body.


This versatile winch can be mounted to your trailer in several different ways. You can bolt the included plate onto the deck of your trailer and attach the winch and fairlead. Counter-sunk bolt holes in the mounting plate ensure that the hex heads of the included bolts don't protrude above the trailer's flat surface. This is the easiest method and does not require welding, but it does leave a footprint on your deck.

Bulldog Winch Winch Installation

You can mount the plate to the front rail of your trailer. This method elevates the winch so it's easy to reach and frees up valuable space on your deck, but will require welding the plate to the rail. You can also weld the plate to the front frame of the trailer so that the winch sits at at deck level without using up space on the deck.

The compact, low-profile design allows the winch to easily fit into most custom cabinets or boxes. This method keeps the winch out of the elements and keeps it hidden. Many cabinets and boxes can even be locked to protect the winch from would-be thieves. You can also install a dedicated battery inside or near the cabinet to power the winch. This prevents the winch from putting a strain on your vehicle's battery, and it eliminates the need to run a power lead all the way to the front of your truck.

Winch Line Pull Capacity

Layers of RopeCapacity (lbs)Total Rope on Drum (ft)
1st Layer7,8006
2nd Layer6,54013
3rd Layer5,50021
4th Layer4,75030
5th Layer4,12040
6th Layer3,73050

The line pull capacity of your winch is determined by the maximum load your winch can pull with a single layer of rope on the drum. As more layers of rope are wound onto the drum, pulling the same load requires more force, leading to a loss in winching power. With a 2nd layer of rope around the drum, your line pull capacity is reduced by approximately 14 percent. With 3 layers on the drum, the line pull capacity is reduced by approximately 23 percent, and with 4 layers on the drum it is reduced by approximately 35 percent.

Note: It is recommended that you begin any line pull with a minimum of 5 wraps and a maximum of 2 layers of rope on the drum.

Vehicle Recovery and Winch Capacity

To select the appropriate trailer winch for your application, determine your gross vehicle weight. The GVW is the stand-alone weight of your vehicle plus the weight of any items in and on the vehicle. Once you have determined the GVW of your vehicle, choose a winch with a capacity that is 1-1/2 times your GVW. Using that formula, this winch - with an 7,800-pound capacity - will work for vehicles with an approximate GVW of 5,200 pounds.

Rolling Load Winch Capacity

Percent InclineRolling Load Capacity (lbs)
Level Surface78,000
5 (3°)52,026
10 (6°)39,156
20 (11°)26,520
30 (17°)20,358
50 (26°)14,508
70 (35°)11,934
100 (45°)10,062
Rolling Load

To calculate your winch's rolling load capacity - the amount of weight it can pull up an incline - you must multiply the line pull capacity by a factor determined by the degree of the incline.

The multiplication factors shown in the chart, right, include a 10-percent rolling friction factor.

Note: A 5-percent - or 3-degree - incline is a 1/2' rise over a 10' distance. Follow the chart to determine your winch's rolling load capacity.

Double-Line Pulling

Double-Line Pulling

Increase the pulling capacity of your winch by doubling up the rope with a pulley block (BDW20028 - sold separately). Secure the pulley block to the vehicle you are pulling with a bow shackle (BDW20020 - sold separately) to provide a strong anchor for your double-line pull. Using double-line operation will approximately double your winch's pulling capacity.

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Today we're going to take a look at the Bulldog Winch 5.2 horsepower trailer winch the mounting plate and the Hawse fairlead, with a 7,800 pound weight capacity.Now this standard duty winch will let you pull cars, trucks, minivans, other vehicles onto your trailer. So it's perfect for car haulers, race car trailers, tilt trailers. It's a nice low profile design, so it will fit easily into most of your custom cabinets or boxes. The minimum cabinet size is about 20 inches wide, 10 inches tall.The steel mounting plate, it comes with, and the hardware. This'll let you mount the winch and the fairlead to your trailer deck or frame.The motor this uses is a 5.2 horsepower permanent magnet motor. Delivers powerful, fast, safe line pulling.

The motor is lighter, it uses less current than a series wound motor, and it uses a vent to let the vapor escape to prevent moisture buildup.The gear train on this is an all steel 3-stage planetary gear train. Gear ratio's 218 to 1. Provides increased drum speed when compared with worm drives and a one or two stage planetary gear train. Does offer an automatic mechanical brake which will hold 100% of the load while minimizing any winch creep. And it does use a free spooling clutch to ensure fast rope payout and reduced wear on the motor.Basically this handle right here, if you rotate it all the way down, that'll let you pull out as much as you need.

And then once you're ready to winch, just rotate it all the way back up, and then you'll be able to operate it as a winch.The gearbox over here can be rotated 360 degrees so that you can reach this clutch handle, no matter where you mount the winch. And it does come with 50 feet of five 16ths diameter HMPE synthetic rope, which is strong as steel, yet light weight. Safe to handle. Comes with a nice, large 3 eighths inch steel hook, nylon hand savers hand strap on it.The Hawse fairlead, right down here, you can see is this heavy-duty CNC machine billet aluminum fairlead. It's a rounded fairlead.

The rounded opening right here helps prevent friction damage to rope. It does have a clear anodized finish on to help resist corrosion.Now over on this side you can see the power unit. This is a side-mounted power unit that's bolted to the motor. It includes a sealed 450 amp solenoid contactor to transmit power from your battery to the winch motor. And all the electrical wire is hid inside this plastic housing.

It does have water and weather resistance up to IP67 specifications.Nice thing also, if you look up here, there's a connector for your rubber remote here. It's a rubber handheld remote. Has 20 foot lead here to let you operate the winch from the back of most trailers. It's a weather resistant switch, so it'll power the tool load in and out. You can see it's identified in or out.And basically all you have to do is just there's a three pin connector. You just line it up to the connector on this power unit, and now you're all ready to go to control your winch. And it'll extend out up to 20 feet.Now there's also an option, if you prefer to use a wireless remote. They do offer that as an option. We do sell that separately on our website. It's part number BDW20156, and then you could eliminate the wire itself and just do it wirelessly.This is a nice, durable black powder coat steel body and motor to resist corrosion. Has a Dacromet-plated motor tube to resist internal corrosion. The tie-bars and side frames all help to create a nice, strong, rigid winch body.Now to go over a few specs on this. The rated line pull with a single layer of synthetic rope around the drum is: static load is 7,800 pounds. Rolling load is 78,000 pounds. The motor is 12-volt DC. The line pull at zero pounds, power draw would be 80 amps. Line speed is 10 feet per minute. The line pull at 7,800 pounds, power draw is 330 amps. Line speed is 4 feet per minute.Braking, we mentioned, is 100% load holding, mechanical. The battery wires they give you, right here on the back, the leads on the battery wires are about 6 feet. The batter lead wire gauge is about 3 gauge.Few dimensions on this. The winch dimensions is about 15 inches long, about 8 inches wide, about 6 and a half inches tall. The weight on it is about 60 pounds. The drum itself, the dimension is 2 and a half inch diameter drum, and about 2 and 11 16ths inches long.But that should do it for the review on this Bulldog Winch 5.2 horsepower trailer winch with the mounting plate, the Hawse fairlead, and a 7,800 pound weight capacity.

Customer Reviews

Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 7,800 lbs - BDW10032

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (3 Customer Reviews)

Standard-duty winch with 5.2-hp, permanent magnet motor lets you quickly and safely pull vehicles onto your trailer. Low-profile winch fits easily into most custom boxes and cabinets. Includes hand-held remote and mounting plate with hardware.

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I used the winch so I can load and unload a 78 Trans Am which weighs about 3K, and the winch works great. The winch makes easy work of loading and unloading the car and the rope line doesn't damage the floor of the custom trailer. I highly recommend this winch. The narrow cable spool also limits the need to push the cable/rope from sided to side, which again when loading is one less thing to watch while loading the car by myself. 628688

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Fantastic trailer 605367

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Excellent Product, Service and Fast Shi pping! 232239


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