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New here and wondering if anyone is loading their rzr into 8' truck bed and closing tailgate. Thinking of building a storage box with a ramp? Any ideas, also looking for a repair manual and not having much luck.Thanks everyone and nice looking utvs and pictures. A lot of good idea's.
 

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Forgot it's a 2016 900 eps trail. I would think with a little elevation towards the cab I could gain enough to close tailgate? Not interested in a rack. Thanks
 

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When I had my long bed I would just take the tail gate off so I could tow. I made some blocks for my bumper to set the ramp on so I could remove it when in. I’m sure if you lifted the front a good 18 inches you could probably close the tail gate. Make sure you get some tail gate support bars the cables will snap.


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When I had a short bed truck I needed to put the 900 trail in it and still tow my travel trailer. I wasn't smart enough to figure the math so I made this mock up. The cardboard tires are the actual size of the real ones and the pvc pipe is the length of the machine. This will allow you to see how tall a platform you would need for the front tires. I have since moved on to a new truck with an 8 foot bed and the RZR fits in there without any front tire platform and allows be to close the tailgate enough to tow the travel trailer.
 

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Good timing for this post as we tried stuffing our 2016 Trail into the back of our 8' pickup last week. We did purchase some support bars to support the tailgate both for (un)loading and carrying the RZR around. Probably the most overpriced accessory that we've ever bought but they worked fine. Bottom line: Our RZR seems to fit just fine. The centerline of the rear tires was close to the joint between the tailgate and the bed. Thus the tailgate needed to remain totally flat. This left a few inches in front of the RZR (it has the Polaris front end guard/winch). We also have an EMP spare tire carrier on the RZR which means the spare was definitely hanging-out above the tailgate. The only downside I've experienced so far is that getting out of the RZR once it's in the bed is a little tight if one has the lower door panels in place as the RZR doors can't open very far. It's totally doable but I'm 62 and I don't bend/twist as well as I used to. Since we intend to pull a travel trailer with the RZR in the pickup, we will be adding a Torklift Superhitch and a 21" Supertruss to this whole setup should it continue to pan-out. At least that's the plan. Our ultimate goal is to be able to carry the RZR in our pickup while pulling a 26' travel trailer. (I wish that someone would make a UTV/ATV-specific service body for pickups.) Pickup details: 2018 Ram 3500 with standard 8' bed. BTW, there was plenty of room under the RZR to put the non-folding loading ramps...but that is about the only spare room there is. This can be a fairly big deal.
 

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I carry my 2017 900xc in a short bed dodge, rear tires are on tailgate with support brackets. Bought a extended hitch but did have to move propane tanks rearward about 6 inches so tires would not hit them, the lift for trailer clears as it is in the middle of the turning axis, works fine have done thousands of miles with set up!
 

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2018 Ram 2500 with 8 foot bed. 2018 Rzr Trail. I let the winch hook out a few inches.
Our pickups aren't twins but they certainly have a family resemblance. The spare tire on our RZR might preclude not putting the tailgate down all the way...but if I could get it to an angle like yours it might save me $1000+ on a superhitch and supertruss. Given the size of the equalizing hitches on the market, it might be that the stock Class V receiever would work fine if the tailgate didn't have to go flat.
 

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I also use a "Equal-i-zer 4-point Sway Control Hitch" which sticks out about 5 inches further than the standard receiver hitch. I tow a 29 foot travel trailer. I can't for the life of me remember where I got the shorty tailgate arms.
 

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I also use a "Equal-i-zer 4-point Sway Control Hitch" which sticks out about 5 inches further than the standard receiver hitch. I tow a 29 foot travel trailer. I can't for the life of me remember where I got the shorty tailgate arms.
Probably these":

Vehicle Systems: Tailgate Latchbar

I just bought a pair to use when towing our travel trailer with the 900 Trail in the bed. I have a Ram 2500 with an 8' bed. I would just take the tailgate off and leave it home, but my ramp only works with the tailgate. So I bought the latch bars so I can leave the tailgate on but now I'm concerned that my turning radius with the trailer on will be quite a bit less.
 

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I also use a "Equal-i-zer 4-point Sway Control Hitch" which sticks out about 5 inches further than the standard receiver hitch. I tow a 29 foot travel trailer. I can't for the life of me remember where I got the shorty tailgate arms.
Probably these":

Vehicle Systems: Tailgate Latchbar

I just bought a pair to use when towing our travel trailer with the 900 Trail in the bed. I have a Ram 2500 with an 8' bed. I would just take the tailgate off and leave it home, but my ramp only works with the tailgate. So I bought the latch bars so I can leave the tailgate on but now I'm concerned that my turning radius with the trailer on will be quite a bit less.
Since I need to get a weight distribution hitch for our new travel trailer anyway, I'm going to see if I can get one with an extra-long shank. Maybe between the extra long shank and being able to partially close the tailgate, I might be able to avoid messing with my turning radius too much. I still have research to do on this to see if it'll do what I want it to.

BTW, here's what I ended-up using on my tailgate: https://www.dgmtailgatesupport.com/product-category/tailgate-support
 

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I load my rzr 900 onto the bed of my pickup,and tow an RV as well. I am able to close the tailgate with a little effort to a little more than half-way up, and then I simply use the short DG bars for the Ford 250 (https://www.dgmtailgatesupport.com/product/13-inch-ford-f250-f350) to pin the tailgate half-way up. It has worked great for several years. Sorry no pics--wife having surgery here so everything is put away for the winter.
 
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