Whether you have a CF Moto, Arctic Cat or Honda Pioneer, not all UTV owners necessarily have trucks with big enough beds to haul a UTV. Towing your UTV can be done quickly, easily and safely, but not without the right tools and know-how. Unfortunately, many people don’t know how to best tow their UTV to the location where they’re going hunting, off-roading, landscaping or enjoying other activities. As a UTV owner (or hopeful owner), you may have seen dangerous towing practices on the highway ranging from illegal trailers to UTVs that seemed to magically be hanging on by a thread.
Bear in mind that if you need to suddenly change lanes, the weight of a UTV alone (no matter how heavy it is) will not be sufficient to keep it on a trailer. However, with the right security systems you can make sudden stops or swerve if necessary, but that should still be avoided. Take some time to ensure you have the right tools before taking your UTV on a joy ride.
Pick up some D-rings, which are very cost effective and offer additional hook points for trailers. Not all trailers come with “enough” hooks to keep a UTV optimally secured. Also, this can help prevent strap chafing on your machine, which regularly causes straps to break on individuals who haul their UTV often. Next, get a ratcheting strap—especially if you have a heavy UTV. Big ratcheting straps can keep the heaviest of UTVs on a trailer, so make sure you get the largest width possible. Otherwise, a 1,200 pound UTV doesn’t stand a chance.
One of the most important features you have is already on your UTV: The parking brake. It is a fast, simple and free move that might make the difference between a UTV staying on the trailer or not. Remember that there is no such thing as too many straps. The best number is three, and they can help immensely on bumpy roads. Criss-cross the straps to maximize “coverage”.
A Closer Inspection
No tool will work if it’s broken. Before pulling away, make sure the trailer brake lights are in good working order. The breakaway chains should also be double checked. These are the chains you hook up in case the hitch falters and becomes unattached from the vehicle/trailer. Ensure they are also criss-crossed to keep the trailer stable and straight on the highway.
Double check the trailer tires, lighting and gates, too. Of course, don’t forget about a safety inspection check of the UTV. Nothing is more frustrating than getting to a recreational area and finding out your UTV is in desperate need of maintenance or of a quick fix. Safety always comes first in all aspects of UTV ownership, including the towing stage.