Despite the fact that we love having a winch mounted to the front of our rig, we actually dislike the prospect of having to use it. This is chiefly because using the winch means we're so stuck that we're holding up the vehicles behind us on the trail, but also because it means we'll have to hop in and out of the rig multiple times to ready for the pull. This effort can be even more tedious should your 4x4 be lodged in a precarious position, making ingress and egress from the cab fairly risky. If the trail is particularly difficult, we'll usually leave the remote plugged in and routed to the cab for easy access, but we've always figured there had to be a simpler manner in which to carry out such activities. According to Roadless Gear, there is.
Roadless Gear offers its Dash-Mounted Winch Control to function with most winch models, including the older three-wire remotes as well as the newer five-wire models. The system also allows for the original remote to still be functional should a sticky extraction require the winch to be operated by someone outside the vehicle. The Dash-Mounted Winch Control Kit is prewired with 6 feet of lead and includes a dash plate with switches, preterminated wires, and complete instructions.
We installed the Roadless Gear Dash-Mounted Winch Control on our Project TJ and have found that it greatly eases winching operations. We no longer fumble to hold on to the remote winch control, or find it at our feet after it's slipped off our lap where we'd set it while maneuvering the rig. The dash control is always where we left it, ready to operate our winch whenever we need it.