Loading and Unloading
Before you can load your ATV, you have to have a trailer, a loading ramp, and a vehicle that can handle the job. (If you don’t have a loading ramp or a trailer, please visit the ATV Tips Amazon Store where you can find easy loading ramps or trailers, and plenty of ATV accessories). Set the loading ramp up on the trailer, and line your ATV in front of the ramp. Make sure to check that when you drive up, you won’t accidentally fall off the ramp. Also, try to park your trailer on level ground. Now go ahead and drive up the ramp, and park.
Once you reach the place you’re going, try to find level ground, or park the trailer sloping down the hill. Then if the loading ramps are too steep, parking down-hill will make them more level. Set the ramp up and line it with your ATV. Check to see that everything is even. If something is crooked, and you start driving off, you might roll off the ramps and crash. Now that everything is in place and ready, drive your ATV off your trailer.
Tying the Load Down
Whenever you’re hauling anything from place to place, you have to tie it down. So with ATV’s, you need to do the same. Tie down straps can be very simple. Four straps per ATV is a good amount. There shouldn’t be any problems with four straps.
Put the straps on all four corners of the ATV. Then connect one hook to the ATV, and the other to the trailer or a truck. Then tighten the straps tight so the ATV won’t fall off the trailer/truck. When I tie my ATV down, I usually get a good hold on the strap, lean backwards and pull with all my body weight to get it tight. Usually I don’t have a problem with them coming loose during the trip. But, sometimes we have pulled off to the side of the road to re-tighten the straps. Usually after coming down a mountain road, at the bottom it’s a good idea to check the straps and make sure they’re tight.
When planning an expedition, aim for sunny weather conditions. Unless you enjoy getting wet, muddy, and snowed on. Bad weather conditions aren’t horrible – I myself go riding in bad conditions, and I usually enjoy it. Traveling in mud is great; just know how to handle it. If you have an engine about 400 cc or bigger, you don’t necessarily need to worry about getting stuck. However, it never hurts to have a winch and chains with you. Even though you don’t plan on getting stuck, you very well could end up being stuck, probably far away from civilization.
Driving through the mud and slipping is very thrilling to me. Mud gets kicked up everywhere behind you. If you’re following someone when the roads are wet, it might be a good idea to keep a far distance from them. But if you want to eat mud, travel as close as you want. The snow is cold. So make sure you layer your clothes, and expect misery. Once you’ve learned the basic driving skills, and learned how to do donuts, try it in the snow. What happens is your front two tires basically stay in the same position, while your back wheels go in circles. As always, you have to be careful, you can flip your ATV easier with donuts.
Even though all of this sounds great, you still can get stuck. The snow is easier to get stuck in compared to mud, unless you have chains or snow tracks.