— If you live on a big ranch then lucky you, because you get to ride your UTV right from the barn. If not, then you need to load it up and haul it to a riding area. The staff of UTV Action magazine is used to doing that too, and based on many years of experience, here’s some advice we can offer.
Here’s a good example of our preferred set up — a lightweight aluminum trailer that is easy to tow for your Mustang, Camry or SUV. It has a rail in front to secure the front tires and the ramp in back folds up to help secure the rear. Since the trailer is not much bigger than the Kawasaki Teryx it doesn’t take up much space in the garage. You can just leave your UTV on the trailer, so you don’t have to worry about a space to park it outside. The good thing about a low trailer like this is it’s easier to load and unload your UTV.
If your UTV is no wider than 54 inches you can haul it in the bed of a full size pick up truck. The area of concern is how much weight is resting on the tailgate. The bed sits higher than a trailer which means you have to go up and down steeper ramps. You also need to make sure your UTV’s front bumper doesn’t bust your truck’s rear window. This is a common mistake that many UTV owners learn the hard way. We’re warning you about this now, so you won’t.
Here’s a RZR 800 being hauled in style. This classic truck has a large tool box mounted in the front of the bed, which is not uncommon. If it’s sturdy, it’s okay for the front tires of your UTV to rest on top of it. You will need to make some little ramps to help get the front tires up there. This makes loading a little more difficult and puts more weight on the tailgate.
This RZR 800 owner figured out how to haul it in his truck without putting weight on the tailgate. He backed it in, propped something under the front of the frame and removed the front wheels. This allows him to halfway close the tailgate and keep things from sliding out.
Having good ramps is a must when loading your UTV into a pickup truck. Also, you need to have a good way of securing them into place. Many UTV owners don’t take this serious enough until they learn the hard way. You can drive your UTV up the ramps a couple times with no problem, but then the third time the rear tire spins and shoots the ramp back off the edge. One half of your UTV suddenly drops down and it’s laying on its side right there in your driveway. Yeah, we’re speaking from experience.
This Can-Am Commander owner figured out a clever way to take the weight off of his truck’s tailgate. He had resting platforms for the rear tires made that are connected with steel tubing to the receiver of his truck’s trailer hitch.
Here’s one way to haul your longer four-seater RZR. It will require you to spend money building a special steel structure to get the front of your UTV up on top of the truck’s cab. It’s not the best way to haul your machine, because the weight is up much higher, which has a negative effect on the truck’s handling.
Here’s what not to do. There’s way too much weight resting on the truck’s tailgate. The supports holding it could suddenly break when the truck hits some bumps in the road. We can all imagine the disaster that’ll happen when the RZR’s front tires drop down on the road while the truck is cruising along at 70 mph.