Tie Downs

The rules on how to tie down your ATV on a trailer requires you have to have four tie down points.
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ATV’s must be tied down using a four point system regardless if on an open trailer, enclosed trailer or on back of a pickup. To Secure your ATV with four tie down points use two in the front and two in the back to prevent forward, backward, and side-to-side movement.

Can I run a strap through the frame to two points?
Can I use my Winch as one of the four points?
Use my Winch as an additional fifth point?
There are three main types of tie downs. These are the cam straps, over-center lever cam style straps and ratchet straps. We recommend only using the ratchet straps to tie down your ATV.
What are Ratchet Straps?
Tie Down Quality ?
Check your ATV manual, some ATVs and UTVs have tie down slots for the hooks on your straps. Do not wrap the strap around the axles or any other moving part that is vulnerable to bending or breaking. We recommend using the frame of the ATV to fasten your ratchet straps.
Can I tie down using the Racks?
For maximum safety, you should use four separate straps, one for each side of the ATV.
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.
Do you need Wheel Chocks
If you search the internet for this question you will find quite a few different answers:

  • 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.

So you successfully tied down your ATV onto it’s frame and onto the trailer and tightened the ratchets until your tires compressed. Now if you hit a bump your suspension compresses and you can have a tie down come off losing your ATV or you cranked the tie downs so much the suspension cannot compress anymore and you’ve blown your shocks out.

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.

A simple check can pay big dividends or at least save the cost of a new ATV.

  • 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.
Wrong Tie Down Point
Wrong Tie Down Point
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