Some Helpful Info on Hauling and Towing with Your UTV
One of the most common reasons people purchase UTVs is for towing purposes. Working side-by-sides have grown in popularity by leaps and bounds over the past decade. Because of their high popularity, UTV manufacturers continue to build machines with ever-increasing towing ratings. There are some machines that haul over 1,000 lbs (in the steel bed) and on top of that boasts an alleged towing capability of over 2,000 lbs. That’s a lot of weight! If you are working on a ranch feeding livestock and constructing food plots and what have you, these specs likely exceed what you might ever need. But it isn’t just farmers and those in similar occupations who have a need for a UTV with maximum towing capabilities. There is a myriad of uses in everyday life where this kind of power comes in very handy, hence the growing popularity of these kinds of vehicles. This brings us to the main message of the article: UTV towing and hauling precautions. If you’re towing heavy loads with your UTV, please make sure you are following safety protocol and are always aware of the UTV towing limits of your particular machine.
Even if you are only hauling 250 lbs in the bed of your UTV, the vehicle’s handling characteristics have now been changed. You are now at a higher risk of rolling during corner turns when driving on flat ground because of the fact that you are now much more top heavy. Not only that but if you’re crossing uneven terrain or off-camber slopes your risk is magnified. You must secure the load with straps so that it can’t shift or make any front-to-rear or side-to-side movements. And this goes without saying, but remember that more attention needs to be paid the heavier the load is because the chassis roll becomes more affected with each weight increase. Not only that, but the steering ability can also be affected because heavier loads make the front end lighter.
Braking ability must be taken into close consideration when towing large amounts of weight. Even if your UTV has great brakes you still need to prepare. No matter how good the brakes of a vehicle are, issues with slowing will inevitably happen if you put a big load of supplies or gear behind it (or on it). You’re putting all your braking faith in the UTV and hoping it can stop the train all by itself if you are towing a trailer that has no brakes. It doesn’t matter how quickly you feel the job needs to get done, limited speed and slow turns are a must. If a deer or some other animal suddenly darts right in front of you and you’re hauling a fully stocked trailer, you must be going at a speed that will allow you to manage the rig properly. It would be in your best interest to have a run-out plan in place in case of off-camber terrain or steep downhill climbs suddenly make it difficult to stop.
Some Helpful Info On Hauling & Towing With Your UTV