How to Replace a Boat Trailer Winch Strap like a Pro

How to Replace a Boat Trailer Winch Strap like a Pro

Written by Pierce Bryant
November 14, 2022

Link To Product: Rhino USA Boat Winch Strap w/ Hook

Having quality boat trailer winch straps are crucial for any boat and boat trailer owner. Not only will they anchor your precious boat in place, but they will also make your job putting the boat on the trailer or hoisting the boat out of the water much easier.

Winch straps can come in many shapes, sizes, and materials, but at Rhino USA, our winch straps are polyester silk webbed and can handle up to 5,016lbs. Our team chose to design our winch straps with a soft polyester silk blend due to its durability and anti-scuffing.

Durability when choosing a winch strap is incredibly important because you want to make sure that your strap is able to keep up with your lifestyle, along with being able to withstand all weather conditions, heavy weight, wear, and pressure. Along with this, when having a winch strap that is so close to your expensive boat, making sure that it has the ability to be soft and anti-scuff is important as well.

The last thing you want is your winch strap to scrape or grind against your boat, causing it damage. However, your boat is not the only thing that it could cause damage. Having an unsoft and scuff-able winch strap can also hurt your hands, especially after working with it for long periods of time.

Why You Should Replace Your Winch Strap

There are a number of reasons why you may want to replace your boat trailer winch strap, from it being damaged to just simply thinking that it is time for something new. No matter what your reason of replacing your winch strap may be, with our simple guide, you’ll be able to replace it effortlessly every single time.

Don’t have a lot of tools? No need to worry! Just a few wrenches, sockets, and the replacement boat trailer winch strap is all you’ll need to be successful. If you happen to have a little marine grease handy, this can be useful, but not necessary.

How to Replace a Boat Trailer Winch Strap

1. Remove The Old Winch Strap

The first step is to remove the old winch strap, which you can easily begin to achieve by unwinding it. Once it is completely unwound, you then need to disconnect the winch gear bolts with your wrench and socket. After that you will remove the winch strap bolts and the winch strap will easily slide off of the screws.

2. Prepare Your New Winch Strap

Then, remove your new winch strap from its package and check it for damages. Once you have assessed that the new winch strap is damage-free, you will then begin to replace it. To do this, position the new winch strap where the old winch strap was, by the screw openings, and slide in the winch strap screw. Then, connect and secure the winch strap bolt in place.

3. Reconnect The Winch Gear

Once this is completed, you will reconnect the winch gear and bolt to its original position. If you have the grease available, you would then apply a small amount to the winch gears to make sure that they are turning smoothly once after it is all bolted back together.

4. Remove All Slack

After you have made sure that your winch gears are able to turn smoothly, you will need to have someone hold the remaining part of the strap tightly, with no slack, as you slowly reel it on.

5. Finish Up

Once you’ve done this, then congratulations, you’ve successfully replaced your boat trailer winch strap. So you don’t have to replace it again anytime soon, be sure to follow our tip to ensure that your winch strap will last as long as possible.

Whenever you are reeling in your winch strap, be sure to avoid having any twists or bunches. If your strap is wound with twists or bunches, and also happens to be wet, the threads will be weakened and you may find yourself needing to replace it more frequently.

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If you are unsure whether or not you should replace your current winch strap, be sure to check it for any loose or weakened threads, tears, or loose threads around the hook. If you are still unsure whether or not you are due for a new strap, remember spending money for a new strap will be much cheaper than loosing your boat from its trailer!

In the market to buy a new winch strap? Be sure to check out Rhino USA’s Boat Winch Strap With Hook. This product is only $24.97, comes with a lifetime warranty, and a free sticker pack.

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What size winch strap do I need for my boat?

The Rhino USA 2" x 20' boat winch strap has a lab tested break strength of over 5,000 pounds, this means that it is more than suitable for your bass boat, pontoon, motorboat, and center console!

Do I need any special tools to replace a boat trailer winch strap?

No, replacing a boat trailer winch strap typically requires basic hand tools like wrenches and pliers.

How often should I replace my boat trailer winch strap?

It's recommended to inspect your winch strap regularly for signs of wear and tear. Replace it if you notice fraying, damage, or decreased functionality.