How do I get my winch to work without the control box?

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  1. Lonesome7.3

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    The winch on my trailer stopped working. I narrowed the problem, down to the control box. I am assuming it is a relay in there that has gone bad. I saw someone with a large three way switch on their trailer winch. In, out, and off that is all. It was like a large toggle switch. Does anyone know how that works? Where do I get a switch like that? It had the large gauge wires going to it. Any input?
     
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    would need to try and find a wire diagram for it, sounds like a toggle with on when switched to either side activating the appropriate circuit, off in center

    can be found at most auto stores,

    might be able to use an continuity meter to figure the circuits and make your own diagram
     
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    Possibly could have starter solenoids in the control box.
    Might want to open it up and take a looksee.
     
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    I have been saying relay but I meant solenoid. I have cracked it open and found the problem in there. I am trying to eliminate the box altogether. I one I saw on the other guy's trailer is what I am going for. He had one big switch and no box.
     
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    Mount two solenoids inside of the winch cover it there is room.
    Place two switches in a box, one up and down, the other for in and out. I know it is more complicated than that but that would give the basic functions.
    The spool would have to be reeled out by a manual method.
     
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    I thought about doing it that way. But then that gets away from what I'm trying to do. If I do that I might as well just fix what is there. It may come to doing it that way though.
     
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    Would need a 3 way solenoid as it needs to either reverse polarity into like reverse or like was said figure out how to wire in a 3 way switch or get two one way switches one switch in one switch out. But thats making it complicated.

    Google the brand of winch wireing diagram see what comes up mau find it on google or even a manual sometimes the back pages has a wire diagram.
     
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    The more i dig into this the more I see this is not as simple as I thought. I have no idea how that guy had his done. There must have been more to it thT you could not see.
     
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    what make winch is it? tractor supply has a wireless kit available
     
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    It is a Badlands winch. I have looked at the wireless controls. But I still need the solenoids. Which, it turns out will not be as easy to eliminate as I thought.
     

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