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post #1 of 68 Old April 23rd, 2019, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Show me how you secure your RZR on a trailer for towing

Hey all, I am new to the SxS/ UTV world and just picked up my new flat-bed trailer yesterday. Never have attempted to secure a load this size before, and curious what is the best way to do so. Lets see your set-up!

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post #2 of 68 Old April 23rd, 2019, 09:10 PM
 
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Re: Show me how you secure your RZR on a trailer for towing

I dont have a picture right now, but I use 4 ratchet straps. One off each hold by the hitch and one to each mounting point on the lower part of the front bumper. I angle them to the sides of the trailer and make sure it is in park. Just got back from a 3.5 hour drive up north and it worked perfectly. I also keep the engine over the front axle of the trailer for weight distribution. I have a dual axle flatbed trailer.

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Re: Show me how you secure your RZR on a trailer for towing

I used to use ratchet straps to the frame. Now I use Mac tiedowns wheel nets and tracks. Waaaaaaaay better. My rzr never moves now. Always tight and stays put.

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Tire bonnets on the e track I installed on my trailer deck. The fastest and most secure I have ever strapped something with wheels down.
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E track the entire length of the trailer and straps over the tires.
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Re: Show me how you secure your RZR on a trailer for towing

I know that many people simply use straps over the tires, and I'm sure they will all swear that it's perfectly safe - and it might be - but strapping that way does nothing to prevent lateral shift. Tire bonnets, in my opinion, are much safer and more secure.

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I know that many people simply use straps over the tires, and I'm sure they will all swear that it's perfectly safe - and it might be - but strapping that way does nothing to prevent lateral shift. Tire bonnets, in my opinion, are much safer and more secure.

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You might be right. But till now nothing haven't shifted laterally ..even doing wash road...

I was skeptical at first but when I 've tried it and tried to push it laterally....only ting that it wanted to do is make the all thing tumble over with the trailer. So if someting would happen...the sxs and the trailer would tip over in one part...if that happens...I'll probably be in deep sh$^%@...
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Re: Show me how you secure your RZR on a trailer for towing

What if a tires going down and suddenly you have to make a drastic avoidance maneuver.
One tire down....strap is not holding could start a domino effect?

Im still Old school. Tie down to frame all four corners. 2 HD ratchet straps. Hooks with buckles.
Im concerned for the other guy if my-load comes off.
Im in no hurry. 5 minutes Id guess it takes me to ratchet down.


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What if a tires going down and suddenly you have to make a drastic avoidance maneuver.
One tire down....strap is not holding could start a domino effect?

I’m still Old school. Tie down to frame all four corners. 2” HD ratchet straps. Hooks with buckles.
I’m concerned for the other guy if my-load comes off.
I’m in no hurry. 5 minutes I’d guess it takes me to ratchet down.


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Still have 3 straps holding tight.
On the other hand I had more issue with straps on the frame...

The thing is with strapping on the frame the suspension moves and can make the car move because at some point the strap comes loose.
That why I went with the straps on the tires. Wanted to go with the bonnet style...but for my rig it didn't worth the extra $..but if I had a 4 seaters...I surely would go with the bonnet style for the extra peace of mind.
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Re: Show me how you secure your RZR on a trailer for towing

I agree with bonnets. And 3 tires still holding probably gonna do the trick.

I pull mine down about 2 into the suspension stroke. It doesnt move. Unless a tire is going down!
Im also pulling side to side and front to back.
Guy who does my shocks says it doesnt hurt anything.

And loose straps yes a problem.
That is why I use HD buckles on the hooks. And ez track hooks with the HD O Ring.

Hey 4 tires 4 straps. 4 straps to the frame.

We are way ahead of the guy with a $6.99 set of Harbor Freight 1 Dirt Bike Cam buckles.
And even then they only use 1-2.!!!






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Im still Old school. Tie down to frame all four corners. 2 HD ratchet straps. Hooks with buckles.


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This...

Or as I do- I loop through the suspension points so the car can float.
I also put an extra emergency strap to the front so the car cannot slip rearwards.

2 things I have see with 4 straps- some people use the same tie down point for 2 straps-frame hook front and rear. Don't like that either in case the tie down point breaks.

Remember-if unfortunately you get into a rear ender collision, the straps can break and launch the car into your tow rig.
Happened to my friend on a smaller scale (bikes) when some moron pulled out in front of him in his camper and he T-boned him- broke most of the straps.

I use 12k straps for the car. X 4

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Hard to visualize. Loop through suspension points? can you post a picture?
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No photos available- basically I have loop racket straps that I loop around the lower a/arms in front and trailing arm in the rear. I used to loop them through the wheels like the tow truck guys do but my new wheels are too small openings.

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Re: Show me how you secure your RZR on a trailer for towing

i use 4 of these (they get as low as 25 for a pair)
https://www.amazon.com/Erickson-3441...web_3027725011

which are strictly used for tying down atvs.

one on each corner of the machine. one end goes on the outer a arm, other goes to the trailer tie down point. similar to wheel bonnets in that it allows the rzr suspension to help out the trailer suspension. no chance of losing a strap when the suspension compresses over a road bump. but way cheaper than wheel bonnets.

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