I carry both, a winch and a tow strap, most pull outs you only need the tow strap, I have the winch because I wheel by myself often and tow an overland trailer, I also carry an anchor point, not many trees out here in the desert. A winch to me is like insurance, good to have.Talk to me about winches- looking at a simple Smittybilt Gen 2 XRC 9500 lbs. Didn’t have one on my previous Jeep and trying to decide if it’s a good investment. I don’t do any crazy wheeling or anything, mostly easy trails but hoping to get to some more moderate ones, still simple. I like the idea of having it as a just in case but curious about other experiences and things to know. Found one for a good price so... anyway thanks in advance! Always get good information on here!