The rules on how to tie down your ATV on a trailer requires you have to have four tie down points.
For each strap, hook one end onto the ATV’s frame and other end to closest tie down point on the trailer.
Now you will need to pass the excess piece of strap through the ratchet and simply pull tight and then ratchet to tighten the strap in such a way that the ATV compresses it’s tires. Once all the straps are secured and tightened, take the excess strap and tie it into a knot below the ratchet to prevent it from blowing around, dangling below the trailer and possibly getting caught on something.
To test the tie-down job, push the ATV in each direction slightly. There should be no excess sliding of the ATV and the trailer should move just as the ATV moves because they’re securely fastened to one another.
Start down the road and after a couple kilometers pull over and check if the straps need to re-tighten.
- You will find individuals stating that to tie down an ATV it must be first in neutral and after the straps are tightened that you place the ATV in park.
- Others will state that you park your ATV on the trailer/pickup and tie it down and leave it in park.
- Quite a few answers say never transport your ATV in “park”. The ATV has to be in neutral because when the ATV rocks back and forth when you are stopping or taking off you will wear out the transmission.
- and this answer: if you do transport in “park” you have to strap the brake levers on.
It is our opinion that today’s modern ATV’s can be transported in “park”. That is one of the reasons it was designed for. When your ATV is in park the transmission is disengaged.
Well not really. By fastening your tie downs to the frame you are not compressing your shocks. You are compressing your tires but the shocks are fine and will not suddenly blow out and even if you did compress your shocks it will not hurt the shocks to keep them compressed for any length of time.
- Replace your straps when the webbing shows sign of wear or when the hooks have become misshaped.
- Maintain the ratchet mechanism with periodic lubrication of the moving parts.
- Periodically check your trailer hooks to ensure that they are securely fastened to the trailer.