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Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch - Wireless Remote - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 12,000 lbs

Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch - Wireless Remote - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 12,000 lbs

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Bulldog Winch Electric Winch - BDW10040

  • Car Trailer Winch
  • Bulldog Winch
  • 11500 - 12000 lbs
  • Synthetic Rope
  • Wireless Remote
  • Medium Line Speed
  • 6.0 HP
  • Load Holding Brake

Heavy-duty winch with 6-hp, permanent magnet motor lets you quickly and safely pull large vehicles onto your trailer. Low-profile winch fits easily into most custom boxes and cabinets. Includes wireless remote and mounting plate with hardware.


  • Heavy-duty winch lets you pull trucks, vans, tractors, and other large vehicles onto your trailer
    • Perfect for gooseneck car haulers, flatbeds, tagalongs, dovetails, and large 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
  • 6-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
  • Wireless, hand-held remote lets you operate the winch from up to 100' away
    • 20' Lead lets you plug in remote in case of battery failure
  • 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
  • 11/32" Diameter HMPE synthetic rope is strong as steel yet lightweight and safer to handle
    • 100' Long with 6' woven polyester protective sleeve
    • Steel spring tensioner allows easy rope management and ensures correct spooling
    • 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: 12,000 lbs
    • Rolling load: 120,000 lbs
  • Motor: 12-volt DC
    • Line pull at 0 lbs:
      • Power draw: 65 amps
      • Line speed: 21 FPM
    • Line pull at 12,000 lbs:
      • Power draw: 400 amps
      • Line speed: 4-1/2 FPM
  • Gear ratio: 265:1
  • Duty cycle: 2 minutes on/15 minutes off
  • Braking: 100-percent load-holding mechanical
  • Battery lead wire: 1 gauge
  • Battery lead length: 6'
  • Rope dimensions: 100' long x 11/32" (9 mm) diameter
  • Winch dimensions: 24" long x 7-1/4" wide x 7-1/4" tall
  • Drum dimensions: 2-1/2" diameter x 8-13/16" long
  • Mounting bolt pattern:
    • Winch: 10" x 4-1/2"
    • Plate: 13" x 6-1/8"
  • Distance between hawse fairlead mounting holes (center to center): 10"
  • Minimum winch box/cabinet size: 20" wide x 10" tall
  • Wireless remote range: 100'
  • Winch weight (with synthetic rope installed): 50 lbs
  • Recommended battery size (for maximum power): 650 CCA
  • 2-Year limited warranty

Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch

This compact, heavy-duty trailer winch lets you pull trucks, vans, tractors, and other large 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. The wireless remote lets you operate the winch from up to 100' away. And it includes a synthetic rope with a tensioner, a hawse fairlead, and a free-spooling clutch.

Heavy-Duty, 6-Horsepower Motor

Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch Motor

This winch features a 6-horsepower, 12-volt DC motor with 12,000 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

Bulldog Winch 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 Wireless Remote

Bulldog Winch Hand-Held Remote

The hand-held remote has a 20' lead, an in/out rocker switch, and a toggle switch that lets you choose between "Wired" and "Wireless" modes. The wireless option lets you operate the winch from the rear of your trailer or any other location up to 100' away. Use the wired mode if your remote batteries die or if you are experienceing signal interference. To convert the remote to wireless, simply unplug the lead from the remote and the power unit and store it away. It runs on (2) CR2032 batteries (included) when unplugged. The remote is also sealed and weather resistant so it won't get damaged in wet conditions.

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. It includes a spring-loaded tensioner that ensures the rope correctly spools onto the drum.

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 the end of the synthetic rope with a stainless steel tube thimble. 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

BDW10040 rugged construction

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.

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 Layer12,00017
2nd Layer9,21041
3rd Layer8,03071
4th Layer6,89490

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.

Winch Capacity

There are a number of factors you must consider when determining the appropriate trailer winch for your application. You will need to know your gross vehicle weight, the angle and distance of the slope you will be pulling up, and whether the vehicle or object is static or rolling. The GVW is the stand-alone weight of your vehicle plus the weight of any items in and on the vehicle.

Rolling Load Winch Capacity

Percent InclineRolling Load Capacity (lbs)
Level Surface120,000
5 (3°)80,040
10 (6°)60,240
20 (11°)40,800
30 (17°)31,320
50 (26°)22,320
70 (35°)18,360
100 (45°)15,480
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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Video Transcript for Review of Bulldog Winch Electric Winch - Car Trailer Winch - BDW10040

Today we're going to take a look at the Bulldog Winch 12,000 pound synthetic rope trailer winch with the wireless remote and the hawse fairlead. Now, this heavy duty winch will let you pull trucks, vans, tractors, and other large vehicles onto your trailer, so it's perfect for gooseneck car haulers, flatbeds, tagalongs, dovetails, and even large tilt trailers. As you can see, it's a low-profile design. It does fit easily into most custom cabinets or boxes. The minimum winch box or cabinet size it'll fit in is 20-inch wide by 10 inches tall.It does have the steel mounting plate, and the hardware is all included. It'll let you mount winch and the fairlead to your trailer, deck, or frame.

The motor on this is a six horsepower, permanent magnet motor. Delivers powerful, fast, and sideline pulling. The motor is lighter and uses less current than a series-wound motor. And it even has a vent on it that'll let vapor escape to prevent any moisture buildup inside the motor.The side power unit right here. It includes the contactor all in a plastic housing.

All the electric wiring you need to hook up. It is a sealed, 450-amp contactor, which will transmit power from your battery to the winch motor. It is water and weather-resistant to IP67 specifications. The remote is very nice. It's a two-in-one wireless, hand-held remote, so it'll let you operate the winch from up to 100 feet away.

All you have to do is unplug it, and then it's operational from up to 100 feet. It does include this 20-foot lead that you can plug it in in case of battery failure or when you plug it in here and use it as a wired remote.Now, this winch does include an automatic, mechanical brake that'll hold 100% of the load while minimizing winch creep. It does use an all-steel, three-stage planetary gear train. The gear ratio is 265 to one. It does provide increased drum speed when it's compared with worm drives and one or two-stage planetary gear trains.

It does use a free-spooling clutch to ensure fast rope payout and reduces wear on the motor. This handle right here controls that. When it's in this position, it's ready to be operated, and if you just twist this into the other position, it'll show you that now you can just pull it out. It'll free spool. And then when you get enough out, just turn it back into that position and then you can operate it as a regular winch.The gearbox can also be rotated 360 degrees, so you can reach the clutch handle no matter where you mount the winch. The rope on it is a 100-foot long, 11/32" diameter synthetic rope. It's strong as steel, yet lightweight and safe to handle. They do use a steel spring tensioner to allow easy rope management and ensure correct spooling. On the end here, you can see it has a 3/8th inch steel clevis hook and a nylon hand-saver strap is included.The fairlead you can see on the front, the hawse fairlead. It's very nice, heavy duty, CNC machined billet aluminum fairlead. You can see on the corners it has rounded fairlead holes to help prevent any friction damage to the ropes or if the rope's going out at an angle, there's no sharp edge to try to damage the rope. It's rounded off.Now, the distance between the hawse fairlead mounting holes center to center is 10 inches. This all has a nice durable black powder coat steel body. The motor resists corrosion. It 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 at static load is 12,000 pounds. The rolling load is 120,000 pounds. The motor we mentioned on this, it's a 12-volt DC. Line pull at zero pounds, the power draw is 65 amps. The line speed is 21 feet per minute. The line pull at 12,000 lbs, the power draw would be 400 amps, and the line speed would be four and a half feet per minute. The duty cycle is two minutes on, 15 minutes off.The battery lead wires right here, the black and the red, they are one gauge size and about six foot in length. Mounting bolt pattern on this plate for the winch is your standard 10 inch by four and a half inch. The plate itself, the steel plate that you mount it on, the overall is 13 inches by six and one eighths inches, and the dimension on the winch itself is going to be 24 inches long, seven and a quarter inches wide, and seven and a quarter inches tall. The weight with the rope installed is going to be right around 50 pounds.That should do it for the review on the Bulldog Winch 12,000 pound synthetic rope trailer winch with the wireless remote and the hawse fairlead.

Customer Reviews

Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch - Wireless Remote - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 12,000 lbs - BDW10040

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (2 Customer Reviews)

Heavy-duty winch with 6-hp, permanent magnet motor lets you quickly and safely pull large vehicles onto your trailer. Low-profile winch fits easily into most custom boxes and cabinets. Includes wireless remote and mounting plate with hardware.

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After having it for 1 year, I've had no problems what so ever. Highly recommend! 610467

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Ask the Experts about this Bulldog Winch Electric Winch

  • Winch Battery Recommendation for 3000-lb Winch with 170 Amp Draw
    You will be able to use a normal Lead Acid Battery without a problem. Since each winch is going to be different, you'll need to consult the owners manual for your specific winch in order to determine what cold cranking amps are required to run it. For reference, the Bulldog Winch Powersports Series ATV Winch part # BDW15006 has a 2,500-lbs capacity and recommends using a battery with at least 650 CCA to power it; the Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch part # BDW10040 that has a 12500-lbs capacity...
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  • Recommended Battery for a 12,000 Lb. Electric Car Trailer Winch
    For a 12,000 lb. electric car trailer winch like the Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch part # BDW10040, I recommend a standard 12 volt lead acid battery rated up to at least 650 cold cranking amps (CCA). As long as the battery is rated up to 650 CCA then you should have no problem powering the winch on your car trailer. A 650 CCA rating is more or less a standard for a 12,000 lb. electric car trailer winch. However, every electric winch should have a recommended battery rating. If you can...
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  • Recommended Battery Size for 13,000 Pound Electric Winch
    For a 13,000 pound electric winch you should be pretty safe with a 12V lead acid battery that's rated to at least 650 cold cranking amps (CCA). This will allow for plenty of power to operate this size winch. Most electric winches will also have a specific battery size recommendation in the manual. If you can tell me the exact model of your winch I will be happy to try and track this down as well.
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  • Winch Recommendation for Moving Rolling 13,000 lb Load Up and Down Slope
    In general with rolling loads that will have to be pulled up a slope or incline with a winch you need a winch with the same capacity as the load you need to move. So you'd need a winch with a capacity greater than 13,000 lbs like the Superwinch Talon part # SW1614201 which has a 14,000 lb capacity. This comes with a 90 foot long rope as well so you'll get quite a bit of range from it. This also has a braking setup that gives it 100 percent of the winch capacity as well so it would work...
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  • Electric Winch Recommendation for Use on Boat Trailer that is Waterproof
    For a boat trailer application the best type of electric trailer winch is going to be one that can be submerged underwater like the Buyers Products # 3375571200. This overall is a great solution for your boat too as it has more capacity than needed so it will easily move the boat quickly and comes with a remote.
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  • Recommended Replacement Cable Or Replacement Trailer Winch
    You are correct in saying they don't make hand winches like that anymore. We top out at 3200 lbs with the Dutton-Lainson Hand Winch with TUFFPLATE Finish, Two Speed with Direct Drive # DL15440 for a manual option. Then Electric comes into play. We only have one winch that is over 7800 lbs and it is the Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch - Wireless Remote - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 12,000 lbs # BDW10040. My recommendation if you want a manual winch is to take apart the one you've...
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  • Electric Winch Compatibility for Vertical Lifting Like An Elevator
    This is a unique question with a couple of different variables. That is a lot of weight to lift vertically which isn't the normal use for any of the electric winches we carry. They are designed for rolling loads and not a vertical pull of that capacity. We don't have a manual winch capable of the capacity you are seeking but these will run off a 12V battery (so power outage wouldn't be an issue) and you can always use a charger/maintainer like # CTEK56353. I've linked the page to your...
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  • Recommendation for Quiet Electric Winch to Use Indoors
    I spoke with my contacts at Bulldog and checked with other electric winch manufacturers and found that the noise/decibel level for winches is simply not something that is tested. The noise output is going to be pretty similar between different brand and model electric winches. If noise level is a concern then my best advice is to go with a winch that uses synthetic rope instead of wire rope. This single component will make the biggest difference in noise. If you were using a wire rope...
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