Loading and Securing Your ATV
Loading and Unloading
- Wear your protective ATV gear—helmet, goggles, gloves, and boots.
- Use a winch to load the ATV whenever you can. Many accidents and even deaths have been caused by driving an ATV up a too-steep ramp.
- Use a high-quality ramp with a rated load capacity that can withstand the combined weight of the ATV and its rider.
- Attach the ramp securely to the trailer or pickup using straps or chains. If you have separate left and right ramps, space them properly for your ATV.
- Approach the ramp in first gear so that you can climb it easily. Engage four-wheel drive in low gear, if applicable.
- Ride straight up the ramp. It’s easy to drop a wheel off the side of a narrow ramp.
Securing the ATV
- Balance your trailer by centering the ATV slightly behind the axle.
- Set the parking brake on the ATV.
- Use tie-down straps. Ropes may stretch during transport.
- Use four straps whenever possible, front and back on both sides. Never use fewer than three straps.
- Cinch the straps as tightly as possible. Shake the ATV, and make sure it’s secure. The tires should look like they’re carrying weight.
- Loop any excess strap length below the trailer or pickup.
- When using a pickup, close the tailgate if possible.