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12000 lb Electric Winch (Steel)

12000 lb Electric Winch [RS12000]
IP67 Waterproof Rating
IP67 Waterproof Rating
IP67 Waterproof
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SKU: RS12000 | Brand: Rough Country
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You'll never see a mud hole the same way again once you've got a Rough Country winch system on your side! Our high-powered, high-quality recovery solutions are IP67 Waterproof and sure to come in handy when the situation gets a little murky. Water, mud, dirt, and sand are no match for Rough Country's rugged new design. Featuring an IP67 Waterproof and dustproof rating, Rough Country's Winch Systems are built to ward off the elements, providing reliable recovery every time to get you back home safely.

Each unit features Series Wound motors which are extremely efficient at higher speeds and less prone to overheating compared to Permanent Magnet motors. Better still, Rough Country Recovery Systems utilize a 3-stage planetary gear train boasting a 265:1 gear ratio; allowing enormous torque in such a small housing. All Rough Country winch systems include a free wireless remote for easy operation, and a replaceable Clevis hook for convenience. Read More

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  • Install Time: 1-2 hours
    Average estimated install time peformed by a professional shop or mechanic.
  • Features

  • Easy bolt-on installation
  • IP67 Waterproof and Dustproof rating
  • Powerful 6 hp motor
  • Includes 4-way roller fairlead
  • Includes FREE wireless remote
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  • In the box
  • 12000 lb electric winch
  • Clevis hook
  • 4-way roller fairlead
  • 3/8 in x 94 ft steel cable
  • FREE wireless remote

Fitment Table

Years Drive Make Model
Features a 4 Bolt Pattern - 4.5 in x 10 in
Always check the product's overview, for more important fitment information


  1. Slow, noisy, life saver. - Posted by: blistovmhz (5/14/15)

    When my Jeep is wedged between a 4" sheer face behind the rear, and a boulder jammed up on my front diff. sitting at 45 degrees on two axis, the noise this thing makes is really the least of my concerns. All I care about is that it gets me out of a bad decision and it's done it's job valiantly.
    I've probably got more pulls on my RS12000 in the past 2 years, than most winches will get in their life-time. I've pulled my 5000+ XJ out or tonnes of bad decisions, hauled a fully loaded k2500 with a 3500lbs trailer up a hill with both diffs dug into the clay 8". I've pulled 1 tonne trucks out of stupider decisions than I'm likely to ever make, after 4 or 5 other trucks failed to recover it.
    I've done 4 consecutive full line pulls (120' each with about a minute cool down between each pull) pulling not only my XJ, but also my buddies XJ in tow, through a mud flat. Winch motor was only a bit warm (certainly not hot). Managed to destroy my alternator in the process, but no problem with the winch itself.
    The 12,000 is just absurdly powerful, slow, and loud, but thus far always gets the job done. At $400, I figure it paid for itself in the first 2 or 3 recoveries and I was really only expecting it to last a year at most with the abuse I put it through.
    2 years and probably 100 big pulls later, I still haven't had a problem with it.
    If you're looking for a ninja stealth, high speed winch and really need to get rid of some money, go for a Warn. If you need a winch to winch stuff, the RS12000 is about 1/5 the price and as far as I can tell, easily keeps up.

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Detailed Specs

Rated Line Pull 12000 lbs. (5440 kgs)
Gear Train 3 Stage Planetary
Gear Reduction Ratio 265:1
Motor Series Wound 6hp/4.5kw
Cable 3/8 in x 94 ft Steel Cable
Clutch Sliding Ring Gear
Braking Action Automatic In-The-Drum
Drum Size (Diameter / Length) 2.52 in / 8.6 in
Bolt Pattern 4 Bolt Pattern, 4.5 in x 10 in
Overall Dimension (L / W / H) 21.3 in x 6.3 in x 8.6 in

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