What? A winch cover on WildSnow.com? For those of you just getting started with DIY on the sewing machine, consider this a practical application of the “box corner bag,” the classic way to make everything from a stuff sack to a bicycle cover. Perhaps the basics for a home made ski bag? Follow along.
We bought the WildSnow big rig a new winch after the old Harbor Freight cheapo burnt out installing Lisa’s wood fired hot tub (oops).
The new winch, Warn XD900Di, sits on our customized front bumper, ready to ease us out of the occasional ditch dump at a ski touring trailhead, or stranding on the muddy two-track at Wildsnow field HQ. It’s set up on a Warn portable hitch receiver mount we can attach to both the front and rear of the truck. The rear option is wired to a high amperage selector switch under the hood. Pretty slick. Or so His Blogness says, anyhow.
Magnesium chloride is used to melt our icy roads. It’s corrosive and the slime that results when you mix with road dust makes an incredibly goopy mess (white ski clothing is not an option). Coating an expensive winch with this stuff is a recipe for endless maintenance and repairs, not to mention the basic annoyance of handling the winch when it’s draped in crud.
To protect the winch, we made a simple cover using Sunbrella fabric scraps that our friends at UpSki generously tossed our way.
WildSnow week in review, November 7-11, 2016: