You may have decided to buy an all-terrain vehicle for any number of reasons. ATVs are versatile and fun, and can be cost-effective compared with some alternatives.
- You may need one for practical purposes — if you’re a farmer or rancher, you need to get around your property to get all your work done.
- You may have one for recreational purposes, such as for getting out to your favorite hunting ground or just riding around for its own sake.
- You may have an ATV for a combination of work and play.
No matter what you need an ATV for, chances are you’ll need a trailer to haul it around. There are many different options for an ATV trailer, and knowing just what to get can be more complicated than you think. With that in mind, here are some tips to help you choose the ATV trailer that’s right for you.
Consider the Size of Your Load
The first thing you want to be sure of is that your trailer will be large enough to haul your ATV (or ATVs, if you have more than one). You also want to be sure that the trailer you haul plus the weight of your ATVs won’t be too much for the tow vehicle. If you have a lighter vehicle that can’t pull that much weight, you may want to choose an aluminum-frame trailer over one of steel construction.
Consider Loading and Unloading
ATVs are known for being nimble and maneuverable on the ground, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to get them onto or off of a trailer. Trailers that only feature rear loading ramps mean you might have to turn the ATV sideways manually if you’re loading multiple vehicles. Sideloading ramps are optional, but before you dismiss them as completely unnecessary, you should know that they’re going to make things much easier for you.
Take Your Local Climate Into Account
ATVs are built to tackle just about any type of terrain in just about any condition, but if you’re in a part of the world where extreme weather is common, you might want to consider buying an enclosed trailer to keep your ATVs safe while in transit. An enclosed trailer also may be a good idea if you typically haul your ATVs over long distances, where they may be susceptible to damage from rocks and grit kicked up from the road.
A good ATV trailer can enhance the convenience of owning an ATV, as well as your enjoyment of it. The wrong ATV trailer, however, can only create headaches for you. No matter why you need an ATV, think about these tips before you buy the trailer you’ll need to haul it.