We Pull Anything! ATV Towing Tips
You’ve probably heard us mention that we lift anything, but we also pull anything.
Many of us on the Hercules SLR team are enthusiastic ATV-ers—That’s all-terrain vehicles for all you newbies out there.
There’s a couple additional things you’ll need before you hit the road, though—You have to get your ATV to the trail, woods or wherever you ride, and it’s illegal to use your ATV on public roads. There’s also a good chance you’ll get stuck in the mud, so it’s essential to have reliable chain, ropes & winches to haul yourself out of a rut.
Often, ATV’s are transported in a trailer, sometimes a truck (however, most professional sources recommend a trailer to keep your vehicle secure) and a winch (a device used to pull or let a load out) to move your ATV for transport. Many ATV’s come with winches pre-installed, and aircraft cable is commonly used with them. However, some synthetic winch lines have started to appear and rise in popularity.
ATV TIPS TO SECURE IT SAFELY
The job’s not done when it’s on the ramp—Now comes securing your ATV.
You likely dropped a pretty penny on your ATV and don’t want it to come crashing down somewhere on the highway. This is why it’s so important to take the same approach with the tie-down process, equipment included.
To secure your ATV, you’ll need:
- Ramp and/or Trailer
- Webbed nylon tie-down straps/Ratchet Straps
- Metal hooks (Snap, wire, flat or delta hooks/rings if strap isn’t equipped with them)
Once your ATV is secure, it should look like it’s supporting a rider, and the wheels should be firmly placed against the trailer.
It’s also important to make sure your trailer or towing vehicle has the proper rated-capacity to hold the ATV, it has an appropriate amount of tie-down points and your tie-down method complies with the owner’s manual. Take your time loading it onto the trailer, so you don’t over-shoot the trailer and ‘jump’ it, and be sure the trailer, and the ATV are aligned straight with your vehicle.
Keep the length of your trailer in mind when driving on public roads, take it slow and try to avoid passing other cars if possible.
ATV TIPS TO TOW IT SAFELY
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Here’s a few members of the Hercules SLR team having fun on their ATV’s.
Okay, so your ATV is secure and you’ve made it to your favourite muddy trail. What else would you possibly need?!
Like we mention, many ATV’s do have winches, but this isn’t always enough if you’re truly stuck. Their reach might not be enough or they could fail. Some sort of towing line will be invaluable during these situations.
There are many benefits of using a synthetic strap—For example, synthetic strap snapback tends to be less severe & hazardous than say, chain snapback. It also tends to break less than rope, be more durable AND much easier to de-mud. There’s also less risk of cuts on the hand from handling chain or steel, versus synthetic rope, like AMSTEEL Blue.
Here are some more safety tips for safe muddin’:
- NEVER ride alone
- Bring or wear at least one piece of hi-vis clothing. Why? Well, if something were to happen and you’re suited-up in camoflauge, it will be extremely difficult for first-responders or search parties to easily locate you.
- Keep the distribution of weight in-mind when towing your ATV to avoid tip-over
- We can’t repeat this enough—Bring a towing strap and don’t get stuck in the mud!
What other equipment is beneficial to bring on your ATV rides? Here are some of our suggestions:
- Safety gloves
- First-aid kit
- Water-resistant gear (Jackets, ponchos, etc.)
- Tools for repair (Tire repair, etc.)
TOWING EQUIPMENT AT HERCULES SLR:
- Standard chain
- Grade-70 Transport Chain
- Standard Nylon & Polyester Round Slings
- Polyester Round Slings
- Amsteel Blue Rope
- Manila Synthetic Rope
- Nylon Synthetic Rope
- Ratchet Straps
- Tie-down Cargo Strap with Ratchet
- Tie-down Cargo Strap with Ratchet
- Rubber Tie-down
- Aircraft Cable
- Standard Wire Rope