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Not all OHVs fit in the back of a truck bed. Sand Rails, UTVs or Side by sides and Dune buggies do not fit inside a truck bed. Trailers can bring ATVs, and other 4 Wheel all terrain vehicles easily reach their destination. ATVs are easy to load up in to a truck bed but may be hard to take on and off.  There is also a chance of damaging your reat view window.

How to Use a Trailer to haul your OHV

The vehicle needs  a trailer hitch attached to the rear bumper.

The size and amount of OHVs you place on the trailer will determine how big of a trailer you need.  Standard trailer choices are usually between a short trailer for carrying a single ATV or OHV, or a longer trailer for carrying an UTV. There are a variety of styles and trailer lengths available, but the primary concern is how many ATVs you need to transport.

Attach the trailer to your vehicle’s trailer hitch To do this, crank the hand crank on the trailer to elevate the hitch end of the trailer a bit.  Once the trailer is elevated, back your vehicle up so that the ball on your trailer hitch is directly under the hitching mechanism on the trailer. When the ball is in, use the hand crank to lower the trailer on top of it, and lock the connection in place. The trailer is now attached to your vehicle and ready for towing. If connection points are available for lights, make sure to  plug them in, you could be pulled over and issued a ticket for having no working lights on a trailer.

Secure your OHVs with tie down straps, they will prevent your ATVs from moving freely on the trailer. Anchor one end of the strap to a fixed position on the OHV, like the frame or the axle and secure the other end to the side rail of your trailer. The straps should include a ratchet mechanism that you can use to remove any slack from the strap, giving it a tight, secure fit that will prohibit any movement. You should have at least two straps securing you OHV on your trailer.


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  • Greta James
    December 13, 2019, 1:22 am REPLY

    Thank you so much for informing me that not all ATVs or OHVs will fit in the bed of a truck and could damage your rear window. I bought a four-wheeler about a month ago and I am super excited to take it to the sand dunes in the summer. However, I am not sure how to get it there. I wonder if I should start looking for trailers that can hold my ATV.


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