The reel is nice but if I had continuous problems with the thing after I replaced or rebuilt it then I probably would just wire into the box at the rear and store the cord in the bumper. While there is a ledge the reels sit on, there is probably room to wind the cord up and store it where the reels had been if removed.
'01 2500hd ext. cab, 8.1 litre gas, 5 sp. Allison auto
3.73 rear end
Mag-Hytec rear diff cover
Amsoil Dual by-pass oil filtration system
Amsoil synthetics all around
265 watt AM Solar, Inc. system