As I enter the latter years of my life I thought I'd pass along some advice on lessons I've learned all to often the hard way, particularly regarding trailers with winches. These are Big Dads' advise regarding winch cables. Why steel cables are bad. 1. They kink 2. They flatten on the winch drum 3. They fray (ouch). 4. They wad up on the winch drum and cause it to bind. 5.They corrde 6.Expensive to replace. 7.Break, and when that happens have good health ins. Over a year ago I went with a synthetic cable rope and haven't looked back. They're much cheaper and more resilient, plus they don't posses any of the cons listed above. On my application I use a 5000# winch with a 8200# strength rating rope. I recently purchased a backup rope just in case and it's rated at 10,000#. One more piece of advise learned the hard way. when either winching in or out always put a 4x4 piece of wood about 12" to 15" in front of the tire in case something lets go. Happy trailering boys.