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I learned something slightly painful recently. We were out for a great ride, safe for getting soaked by an unexpected rain squall. On returning to the truck, I failed to take into account that the loading ramps were wet from the rain and the tires were muddy, making them slick. Headed up the ramps in2WD instead of AWD and when the front tires hit the trailer deck, the rear tires unloaded their weight and began spinning. The RZR started sliding rearward and slid off the ramps. Nothing serious, though and the ramps were reset, the RZR put into AWD and up I went. On tying it down to the trailer, I discovered that during the short fall to the ground, the front end plastic lower grill had hit something sharp that cut the plastic. I suppose it's not a very expensive part to replace, but it looks bad, just the same and my pride was wounded. The other thing I noticed was that one of the ramps was slightly bent. Not much, but it's still perfectly usable.

I guess the moral of the story is, never take anything for granted. Those knobby tires offer little traction against wet, slippery, muddy steel and using AWD is a good policy when loading onto the trailer, every time, wet or dry.

Sigh, why does it always seem to take something like that to wise us up? I hope this will help save someone else from a similar experience. It could have been more serious than it was. I was lucky, I guess.
 

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I always load and offload in AWD, wet or dry, no exceptions.
Glad to hear no injuries and minimal damage, could have been a lot worse.

Vince
 

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I always load and offload in AWD, wet or dry, no exceptions.
Glad to hear no injuries and minimal damage, could have been a lot worse.

Vince
Yeah, me too, but I was running in 2WD all day and just forgot to make the switch to AWD. Live and learn.
 

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Good Post - Thank You!

I always use AWD loading the Rzr, and straps from the bumper to the ramps.

The ramps are rated for 7,000 lbs -

My ATV Ramps are from Oxlite http://www.oxlite.com/stock9.htm Part Number 13702 - 7,000 lb. Load Capacity - 14" x 94 O Series Heavy Duty Dual Runners
 

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I have a simmilar setup as shown above but my ramps aren't as strong. I only have a 1,400lb rating. I find that the wooden planks I have extending out of my box and onto the tailgate to distribute the weight get very slippery and sometimes allow the rzr to slide around a bit during travel. :eek:
 
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A little off topic but maybe it will give you a laugh..we can all slip(no pun intended) a little at the end of the day. A few years ago I picked up a new ATV one evening after work,used the dealers ramps to load it in the back of the truck..get home about 8-9pm(dealer is 2 hours away) go to get my ramps out of the shed and remeber I had loaned the out and hadn't got them back. So I decide to try to back up to a hill to off load the ATV..well the hill wasn't steep enough so I get the bright idea to back up the hill and pull the front of the truck up on ramps...it worked and I offloaded the ATV. Sometime during this evolution my wife came outside to watch lol. After I offloaded it I decided to take it for a spin and asked my wife to park the truck...ASSuming she had seen the ramps...well I guess it was too dark and she had not. She pulled the truck forward off the ramps..kicking one of them up and wedging it between the fender and the tire..bending the fender in the process. It made a horrible noise and one of my neighbors came running over..when he saw what happened he turned around walking back to his house and tried to pretend he didn't see anything:rofl3: Later he told me he saw my wife in the truck and didn't want to be witness to what was about to happen:rofl3: He had no idea it was completely my fault. I learned a few lessons that night.
 

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i was hoping good trailering/ towing/ loading/ unloading stories would start.

keep em coming.......any good road trips too.

keeping to this guys thread though, thank you.....
 

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i used to have a 86 gmc with 6 inches of lift and 35 inch tires,and wooden ramps. i had been out hunting one morning and it started snowing,decided it was time to go ,so i went back to the truck and wiped the snow off the ramps. at the time i had a 300 honda 4x4 atv ,when i tryed to load it i got to the very top and it started spinning and went sideways off the ramps. lucky i side stepped the other way and diddent get hurt but it could have easily went the other way.
 

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This was at a boat ramp. Had my camper off the truck drop tire presures in my tires it was a steep ramp. Back the truck down the rear wheels were just about in 2" of water not much. The wife pulled the jet ski up onto trailer I put the truck in park and the parking brake on went back to hook the clip to the jetski my wife shut the ski off and it move the trailer a bit and the truck and trailer slid down the ramp and into the water.
It ended up going all the way under the water. Boy was that fun the best part was the way every looked at you like u forgot to put in in park. When we pulled it out I had to swim down and take it out of park and release the parking brake so we could pull it out.
 
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