Comparing Runva's Most Popular Winches
RUNVA'S EWV12000 ULTIMATE VS THE 11XP PREMIUM VS THE 13XP PREMIUM WINCHES
Anybody doing research into reliable 4WD winches would have come across the Runva Performance Winches brand. They've been serving the off-road vehicle market globally for close on 30 years now by providing high quality recovery equipment at fair prices. Based on their great reputation in the market it's easy to see why many buyers will end up with a Runva winch on their shopping list, unfortunately though, that's just the first step. It can get a little tougher deciding exactly which of their 12 volt winches is right for the vehicle at hand. And that's where this short guide comes in.
While Runva have a wide range of winches ranging from smaller ATV models up to the big hydraulic truck winches, we're going to focus on three of their most popular 4x4 winches:
These three 4WD winches are easily the most popular of their range, and suit a very wide range of off-road vehicles. And while the differences between the three are minimal, they are worth considering.
This article assumes you're after a Runva winch specifically and know more or less which size you need. If on the other hand you're not sure exactly what winch you should be looking at, or even whether you even need a 4x4 winch please head over to our more comprehensive guide on Choosing the Best Winch for your Vehicle here.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Shared Features
- Integrated Gearbox and Braking System
- Fully IP67 Rated
- Rotatable Gearbox
- Runva Warranty
- Runva EWV12000 ULTIMATE 12V 4x4 Winch
- Who's the EWV12000 Ultimate for?
- 4x4 Winch Speed
- Runva 11XP Premium 12v 4x4 Winch
- The 11XP Premium - Tough and Fast
- The Runva 13XP Premium 12v 4x4 Winch
Before we dive into the three winch models and their differences, let's first go through the features common to all three. Runva winches are great not just because they make excellent winches, but because for the most part, their winch kits come with everything you'll need to get your winch installed and running out the box.
Included with all of these winch kits you'll get:
- Winch and Winch Motor
- 11mm x 26.5m of Dyneema Synthetic Winch Rope
- Winch Control Box and Cables
- Waterproof Solenoid
- Power Isolator Switch and Bracket
- Runva's new 2-in-1 Standard/Offset Aluminium Hawse Fairlead
- Mounting hardware
INTEGRATED GEARBOX and BRAKING SYSTEM
All three of these 4WD winches include Runva's newly design integrated gearbox and braking system. With the brakes now located inside the gearbox (not the drum) the winch rope is no longer exposed to the heat as it is in a more traditional winch design. This can often lead to rope damage and compromise the overall integrity of the rope and winch.
FULLY IP67 Rated
All three winches are fully IP67 Rated too. What does IP67 rated mean? The IP rating of a winch (or any item really) is a technical term that indicates how water resistant the winch is. Without going into great detail an IP67 rating means the item is waterproof up to 1m below the surface and entirely sealed from dust and dirt. An IP66 rating means it’s resistant to heavy showers or spraying and entirely sealed from dust and dirt. Due to the nature of a winch and the fact that it’s very purpose is to get dirty and most likely wet, always look for a high IP rating. Generally IP66 and above is good.
Depending on how you plan to install your winch, you might want or need to adjust the position of the clutch lever. All of the winches in this article include the ability to rotate the gearbox on the winch, so you can position the clutch lever in such a way that it's easily accessible and out of the way.
The three winch kits all include some really great extras:
- 1 x Heavy Duty Wired Remote Control
- 1 x Wireless Remote Control (Fully IP67 Rated)
- Runva's new 2-in-1 Standard/Offset Aluminium Hawse Fairlead
- Runva Winch Cover
If you go with the 11XP or 13XP Premium you'll also receive a free 15,000lb rated Snatch Block.
They all also include a couple of other little surprises in the kits which we won't list here. Nothing amazing, but pretty cool nonetheless.
Finally all Runva winches include their excellent 5 year electrical warranty (covering all electrical components of the winch), and a lifetime mechanical warranty. Runva also have service agents across Australia should you need help with a repair or service. View the full Runva Warranty here.
That about covers the similarities. Now let's dig into some of their differences and how they might affect your choice in the best Runva winch for you.
Meet the newest in the pack - The Runva EWV12000 Ultimate 12v 4x4 Winch
We'll start with the EWV12000 for a number of reasons. It packs heaps of muscle, comes with a load of extras in the box, is fully IP67 rated and it's price point vs value ratio is unbeatable. With it's 12,000lb's (5.36 tons) of line pull it can handle just about any standard off-road vehicle weight and then some.
Who's the EWV12000 Ultimate for?
So who's the EWV12000 for? It's a great winch for the entry level off-road enthusiast and occasional explorer who likes going off-road but generally will avoid any track too difficult or perilous. It's for the I doubt I'll get stuck one day but if I do I want a good quality winch to get me out drivers.
4x4 winch speed
The only real caveat with the EWV12000 is the line pull speed of the winch. It's a fair bit slower than it's counterparts and this can put a lot of buyers off. If you're a driver who goes out with the family or his/her friends often and isn't scared to go exploring the more hazardous tracks, and most importantly, expects to get stuck often then the EWV12000 probably isn't for you.
Winch speed can be an important factor and the gear ratio on the EWV12000 doesn't allow it much in the way of quick pulling. On the other hand, if you're after a high quality 12 volt winch in the unlikely event that you do get bogged, and know that speed won't be an issue, then this is a fantastic model.
Moving onto the next in line - The Runva 11XP Premium 12v Winch
The 11XP Premium is the glory child of the Runva 4x4 winch family and easily the most popular Runva winch on the market. It's strong, fast and like the EWV above, comes with a heap of extras. To be fair, it really should be the goto winch for anybody who's serious about their recovery gear and wants to ensure they're covered regardless of the situation they end up in. It's fully IP67 rated, it's quick, it's got a solid 11,000lb's (4.91 tons) of line pull strength and boy can this winch can take a beating.
The 11XP Premium - Tough and Fast
There's a number of videos online of people putting this winch through the ringer. One such video (see below) shows a guy pulling his truck up an almost vertical cliff face just cause he thought he'd try. It's also a standard size and fits into pretty much any winch compatible bull bar on the market.
Where the EWV12000 is a slow and steady wins the race kind of 4wd winch, the 11XP Premium takes the quick and aggressive approach. It's lower gear ratio means it comes with a faster line pull speed to recover your vehicle quickly and have you moving again in no time.
Whereas the EWV12000 and the 13XP Premium winches come with a more traditional Winch Hook, the 11XP Premium comes with their new winch shackle thimble.
As with all the models listed here the 11XP Premium kit includes 2 remote controls, one heavy duty handheld wired controller, and Runva's new IP67 rated red wireless remote control. It also includes a snatch block in the kit (which is not included with the EWV12000).
now onto the big guy - The Runva 13XP Premium 12v Winch
If you're driving a big vehicle and carrying a lot of gear or even a trailer, the 13XP Premium is going to be your winch of choice. This is the heavy lifter of the gang and comes with a very respectable 13,000lbs (5.8 tons) of pulling strength.
Due to it's larger motor it's also a physically larger winch than normal. We always recommend that customers confirm it will fit their bull bar prior to purchase. This can be done by comparing the dimensions of the winch to the winch cavity in your bar. There's also the following guide to help you work it out.
Much like the 11XP, the 13XP is pretty fast and will get you (or your mates) out of trouble quickly when the time comes. As opposed to the 11XP which comes with grey dyneema winch rope and the winch shackle thimble, the 13XP comes with red dyneema rope and the more traditional large red recovery hook. Which you prefer really boils down to personal preference.
The price difference between the three winches above is fairly negligible. When you're in the $900 price range for a winch, an extra $30 to $50 more shouldn't be a deal breaker and so we generally suggest that if your bar can take the extra size of the 13XP, and you want that extra bit of security (strength-wise), we recommend it.
On the other hand, if you're after a sleek but serious winch that has stood the test of time and is loved by thousands of off-road enthusiasts, the 11XP is the way to go. It may not be the physically strongest, but it's nevertheless a brilliant piece of equipment. And remember, you always have the beloved double line-pull should you need that extra muscle 😉.
And last but not least, the EWV12000 Ultimate is a great all round winch for the casual off-road explorer. It's strong, reliable and in a price bracket that shouldn't hurt the wallet too much.
Whatever you decide you can rest assured that you're in good hands with Runva. Their warranty and support are excellent via easy to reach support and assistance should you ever need it.
We hope the above has been helpful. As always if you'd like to talk through your options feel free to get in contact. We'd be happy to have a help.