While 4-wheel'n a couple of months ago, a friend of mine had to winch a broken rig out of a predicament. Maneuvering his rig in place, we un-spooled his winch, hooked up to the stranded rig and prepared to winch him up over some rocks. Only problem was that he couldn't find his winch remote cable which was buried under mounds of camping gear in the back of his Jeep. The solution to this problem would have been to store the winch remote cable in an accessible location, making it easier to retrieve. Another solution is to hard wire an in cab winch remote switch. This way you can control the winch from inside the cab and not have to worry about locating the winch remote cable. Sure, there are times when having the cable available is handy, but for those those other times, an in cab remote switch is mighty useful.
Wiring up the remote switch is as easy as, well, wiring up a couple of wires. I'm running a Warn XD9000i winch. This winch uses a 3-pin connector for the cable remote. I'm sure those winches with a 5-pin connector would be just as easy to wire up.
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