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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-04-2019, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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Having lost a quad off my car trailer a few years back, I came up with a better idea of how to tie down my toys. The last SxS this was use on was my RZR, but having sold that and bought my new to me Teryx, it was time to modify my system. It takes all of about 2 minuets to strap your SxS down doing this, and there is not way for it to move.

Flat bar welded into 2x2 square stock,flat plate built up to accept another flat plate that has a leverage bar. First flat plate bolted to trailer, second plate snugged down to receiver hitch.
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If I lost an ATV off a trailer I would be shook lol


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It will definitely tie your stomach in knots. Which is why I hate to see people use ratchet tie down straps, I see so many on the road and now just try to keep my distance.
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That looks like a very sturdy attachment point. I've never lost an ATV off my trailer but I've had straps come loose before. The problem I see with strapping or chaining down ATVs/UTVs to a trailer, is that when you hit a bump with the tow vehicle and trailer, the whole ATV/UTV wants to squat or bounce as well. This can unhook ratchet straps or chains unless you really load the straps up tight and keep the ATV/UTV from being able to squat much further. I notice it a lot more with my SxS than I did with ATVs. I don't like having to strap my rig down that tightly.

I am a big fan of the Erickson Wheel Chock Tie Down kit for this reason...it allows my SxS to absorb some of the roughness of the road as the suspension is still free to move, only the tires are strapped down (between two wheel chocks). The only thing that would make this system better, in my opinion, is if the strap going over the tire had a "basket" or "net" strap style like most car hauler ratchets do. However, I've never had a strap shift off the tire in transit, probably mainly due to the aggressive lugs on the tires. The price is pretty reasonable as well. $31 per pair--a pair is probably plenty for an ATV but just for peace of mind I put them on all 4 corners of my Teryx. When not hauling my SxS, I like having the extra e-track mounting points as well, and I added 4 sections of e-track to my trailer to have lots of tie-down options for various hauling tasks.
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That looks like a very sturdy attachment point. I've never lost an ATV off my trailer but I've had straps come loose before. The problem I see with strapping or chaining down ATVs/UTVs to a trailer, is that when you hit a bump with the tow vehicle and trailer, the whole ATV/UTV wants to squat or bounce as well. This can unhook ratchet straps or chains unless you really load the straps up tight and keep the ATV/UTV from being able to squat much further. I notice it a lot more with my SxS than I did with ATVs. I don't like having to strap my rig down that tightly.

I am a big fan of the Erickson Wheel Chock Tie Down kit for this reason...it allows my SxS to absorb some of the roughness of the road as the suspension is still free to move, only the tires are strapped down (between two wheel chocks). The only thing that would make this system better, in my opinion, is if the strap going over the tire had a "basket" or "net" strap style like most car hauler ratchets do. However, I've never had a strap shift off the tire in transit, probably mainly due to the aggressive lugs on the tires. The price is pretty reasonable as well. $31 per pair--a pair is probably plenty for an ATV but just for peace of mind I put them on all 4 corners of my Teryx. When not hauling my SxS, I like having the extra e-track mounting points as well, and I added 4 sections of e-track to my trailer to have lots of tie-down options for various hauling tasks.



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Te Etract system is very effective, I used the over the tire method when hauling the RZR in the bed of my chevy, but the use of straps simply thrown over the axle and tied down to the same side of the trailer as the Axel, is what scares me. And yes my quad was in an "X" pattern and was what I thought was secure, but bumps in the road made them loose.
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For straps coming loose and/or letting the quad or SxS move, a lot of it comes down to how they are positioned. The next thing is how tight the straps are. Most of those cheap Walmart ratchet straps just don't let you get them tight enough to avoid the bouncing issues. I always use the larger car trailer size ratchet straps with the snap hook ends that attached to welded on loops on the trailer. Even if the straps do get loose there is no way they are coming unhooked.
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I used snap on straps and now I have the Erickson's on the way. I get them Friday and will install them soon as I get them.

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Ericson makes the tire webs as well Thatís that I use and Iím pretty happy with it
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I was in Harbor Freight and saw some basket style tie down straps for tires. they work good for securing down your machine.
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Agree with you fully, this or axle straps is the only way to go, with D- rings mounted trough decking AND SUBframe!!!!! the self-tappers are the weakest point and will let decking pull off in harsh conditions.
No real professional car hauler will ever tie down a vehicle on the frame, they all use axle straps or wheel tie downs

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I use axle straps laced through the control arms.

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