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Preparing the ATV for Transport

Minimize the risk of building up gasoline vapors, particularly when you transport the ATV in an enclosed trailer or other vehicle.

  • Turn off the fuel valve. Run the engine until it stops, which empties the fuel line.
  • If you’re transporting the ATV a long distance, drain the fuel tank.
  • Leave the fuel valve and tank vent cap turned off to prevent gas vapors from leaking.

Securing the ATV

When using a trailer, position the ATV so that its weight is centered slightly behind the axle. This position balances the trailer and decreases the weight on the trailer hitch.

  • Set the parking brake on the ATV.
  • Use tie-down straps instead of ropes, which 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.
  • Don’t let excess strap length drag below the trailer or pickup. Loop the excess, and tie it into a simple knot.
  • When using a pickup, close the tailgate if possible.
  • On long trips, pull over every hour or so to check the towing vehicle, trailer, tires, and trailer coupling.

Providing Protection From Winter Road Salt

Salts used to de-ice roads in winter can be very corrosive. You should protect your ATV if you’re transporting it in an exposed trailer. Spray the brakes and suspension with silicone water dispersant. At your destination, rinse the dispersant off the ATV. Salt shields attached to the front of your trailer and/or use of ATV covers will also assist you in keeping your ATVs clean of road debris.

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