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Which way do you load to open tow on the highway?

  • RZR Forward

    Votes: 64 86.5%
  • RZR Backward

    Votes: 10 13.5%

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I have an open trailer that I'll be moving my RZR to UT with next weekend. Almost all interstate, so we'll be rolling pretty quickly. Better to load the machine forward or backward?
 

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backward places the majority of the weight (the motor) in front of the trailer's axle, which reduces the trailer's tendency to sway at speed
 

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I haul RZR(no front window, but facing forward) on open trailer. 9' long with tires back enough to give me about 350lbs at tongue. About 3000 mi including Sacramento to Salt lake at speeds to 75mph with no problem.
 

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I have towed them frontwards backwards but mostly sideways so they will all fit on the trailer and it doesnt matter as long as your hood is on well and your wind shield is off.
 

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Forward, in the truck or on the tralier. never had a problem and I tend to drive at 80 MPH

 

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Backwards but I have to with the trailer I have, a 6X10'. If I load it forward, the tail wags really bad starting about 65 mph. I have a half windshield but I do worry about it snapping. It bows a little but so far, no breakage.
 

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backward places the majority of the weight (the motor) in front of the trailer's axle, which reduces the trailer's tendency to sway at speed
I agree, but for it depends on how many machines on my trailer, if I side load an ATV behind the RZR then I need it on backwards(I have no windshield).. but if by itself, I front load as far as I can for some tongue weight....
I find every time I go somewhere theres something different to change how I load and tie stuff down...

Which kind of leads to the tie down thing, I now use 2inch starps through the wheels(with chafe protectors) to tie it down... no issues with coming loose yet..
 

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rzr forward, properly strapped, all (4) brakes operational, load levelers as reqd, armor -all and diodes to look good. (spare tire is under rzr)
i happen to like open for easier towing but would NEVER pull a single axle. no way, no how.
have (3) open tandems for business/ pleasure. no trailer is ever perfect for every application.
it is time for a hauler though.
 

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I have a small trailer...66"X96" so, I have to tow backwards or the trailer tends to weave at higher speeds. Just make sure your hood latches are closed firmly. My buddy following behind phoned me to say my hood was about to fly off and I'd better pull over....:rofl3:
I also use a plug in the muffler to prevent engine damage.
 

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I have towed my longest, so far, yesterday and it was facing forward with the majority of the weight on the top of my trailer axle. I tow on a 6.5' x 16 single axle trailer. No issues at 75 mph.

--John
 

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I tow on a 6x12 open trailor loaded forward. I agree that the weight distribution is crucial, with most of the weight being on or in front of the axle.
No sway at all at all speeds.
 

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I tow forward on a 6' x 10' trailer, no problems. Also I have PoPo soft top & half windshield, no problems with either one.
 

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This really just depends on the trailer.. On my 5x10 I back it on.. On my 6x12 I just pull it on straight. In my 6x14 cargo trailer I pull it straight in. If I have a lot of weight in the front I can have it all the way in the back.. Most of the time on our way back the front water tank is empty, coolers are empty ect so I have to pull it forward more to balance the trailer..
 

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If you do tow with the exhaust facing towards the front, is it possible in a hard long rainstorm(cruising at 60+mph) to get (force) water down your exhaust. And if enough gets in, maybe go down into your engine ? Doesn't take a lot of water to hydro lock a cyl. Maybe use a plug in your muff...
 

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I guess there is a chance of it. 09 and up the exhaust is turned down and with the spark arrestor in the hole is pretty small. I never worried with it. Now since I have muzzy duals on there, if I was going to pull it very far backwards it probably wouldn't hurt to cover the exhaust. But really I only use my 5x10 trailer on day trips that are pretty close to home. So its not like Im driving 5-6 hours on the interstate like I do with my cargo trailer..
 

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It seems to me as though the roof, if you have one, may act as a "scoop" if you tow it backwards. I sure as hell would not want my stereo and roof being compromised. I always tow forward anyways, seems easier to me, but probably doesnt matter.
 

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I have a roof but I also have a front and rear window, My RZR does fine backed on. I also use to load it in the truck in backed in. If you don't have a back window then It might could cause your top to vibrate a lot. Could do some damage. It be pretty hard for the top to just rip off.. Atleast it would be for the polaris roof. Those 4 clamps aren't going to just break and the bolts have pretty large fender washers on the top..
 
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