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#6511657 - 10/25/16 07:49 PM UTV trailer towing tie downs
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Question for you UTV owners. I have a UTV that weighs in at 1600# and is 111" in length. My trailer is a Big Tex single axle rated 3x that weight. It is a 12 foot trailer.
Questions are this: I know if I load it fully at the front of the trailer that I will get worse gas mileage and a bit of sway, but it seems more secure on tie downs. If I load it a bit back so is a little more centered on the axle itseemsless secure since it is not resting against the front rail of trailer. So what is the best positioning for safety, sway, tire wear and ease of securing? I currently use a 4 point strap tie down with each strap rated at 5000#.
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#6511675 - 10/25/16 07:55 PM Re: UTV trailer towing tie downs [Re: Halfadozen]
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In those situations I like to move my trailer anchor points to pull against each other. front anchor points move forward, rear move backwards. Get one of them snug, then tighten the other to pull it forward. If that isn't enough I can always screw a 2x4 or two into the floor to chock the wheels, if your trailers main job is hauling it you can leave them in it.
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#6511690 - 10/25/16 08:00 PM Re: UTV trailer towing tie downs [Re: Halfadozen]
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Ramball said it correct, park load over axles tie downs pull forward and backward.

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#6511803 - 10/25/16 08:54 PM Re: UTV trailer towing tie downs [Re: Halfadozen]
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I wish they made a boat buckle like system for trailers and UTVs
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#6511948 - 10/25/16 09:59 PM Re: UTV trailer towing tie downs [Re: Ramball36]
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Originally Posted By: Ramball36
In those situations I like to move my trailer anchor points to pull against each other. front anchor points move forward, rear move backwards. Get one of them snug, then tighten the other to pull it forward. If that isn't enough I can always screw a 2x4 or two into the floor to chock the wheels, if your trailers main job is hauling it you can leave them in it.
so front anchor points are in FRONT of the vehicle and BACK anchorsbehind the vehicle? What about those hitch patches. My accepts receivers both from and back. Seems to be a better option if plates are anchored through the floor?
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#6512595 - 10/26/16 11:18 AM Re: UTV trailer towing tie downs [Re: Halfadozen]
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I have a tandem axle 16' trailer, so it isn't as big of an issue for me. However, I welded a big D ring to the front center of my trailer. I attached a 4K rated turnbuckle with a hook to the D clip. I pull up on the trailer, put the UTV in neutral, roll it back until I can clip the turnbuckle into the center towing point in the UTV's bumper, I then push it to the rear of the trailer until the turnbuckle stops it, I then run a racket strap thru a clevis I have in the 2" receiver on the UTV, I strap it tight, put the UTV in gear, turn the turnbuckle a time or tow, and done. Takes me 5 minutes max and the UTV doesn't budge until I unstrap it.
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#6513021 - 10/26/16 02:20 PM Re: UTV trailer towing tie downs [Re: Halfadozen]
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park UTV with weight evenly distributed, slightly heavy on the tongue of the trailer. Leave UTV in gear with parking brake firmly set. Toss a heavy duty ratchet strap (I use 10k lb strap) thru the floor board of the UTV and attach ends to the trailer frame, ratchet down to compress the UTV suspension. rock on. rock_on
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#6513043 - 10/26/16 02:35 PM Re: UTV trailer towing tie downs [Re: Halfadozen]
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http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product...-safe-work-load

Get you two of these.. park the weight over the axle... one strap through the front bumper pulling down/forward....one strap behind the receiver frame of the UTV and pull down backwards...

If your worried about wires or anything being damaged behind the receiver these are pretty sweet for tying down


http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/buyers-tow-eye-receiver-mount
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#6513049 - 10/26/16 02:38 PM Re: UTV trailer towing tie downs [Re: Halfadozen]
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I like the straps with the flat hook like these... This will let you put the strap down through the trailer loop and bring it back up to hook on top... this will keep from any type of bounce causing slack in the strap and the hooks popping out of the bottom. It has to be the big heavy straps though.. you will cut a small one latching it in like that over time

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#6520822 - 10/31/16 09:03 PM Re: UTV trailer towing tie downs [Re: Halfadozen]
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Great Navasot! Can you send me a few pics of actual strap down on trailer? We have the same machine!
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#6520909 - 10/31/16 09:46 PM Re: UTV trailer towing tie downs [Re: Halfadozen]
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#6521260 - 11/01/16 08:30 AM Re: UTV trailer towing tie downs [Re: Judd]
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Originally Posted By: Judd
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Love mine.


Was going to call you and ask about these because I remember you using them years ago
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#6521438 - 11/01/16 10:07 AM Re: UTV trailer towing tie downs [Re: Halfadozen]
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Originally Posted By: Halfadozen
Great Navasot! Can you send me a few pics of actual strap down on trailer? We have the same machine!


Will do ill get it done today
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#6521484 - 11/01/16 10:30 AM Re: UTV trailer towing tie downs [Re: Navasot]
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Thanks!
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#6521838 - 11/01/16 01:41 PM Re: UTV trailer towing tie downs [Re: GOLDSTEIN]
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Originally Posted By: GOLDSTEIN
Originally Posted By: Judd
fastrap.com

Love mine.


Was going to call you and ask about these because I remember you using them years ago


Yeah, this is the 2nd trailer I've put them on. I suppose if you used your trailer for a lot of other things they could get in the way but I don't use the trailer that often unless it is to move the Ranger. I did get a frig for a buddy once but it fit in between them and wasn't an issue.
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