Report Can the winch be used without a vehicle for installations without road access? in 80 m XHD Installation Webinar Q & A Posted April 13, 2011 No, the winch needs to be stabilized by a vehicle so the cable can be level-wound properly. This prevents cable damage. However, the vehicle alone cannot hold the lifting loads. The base plate of the winch must be secured to the winch anchor to prevent the vehicle from moving.