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Hello,
I am going to pick up a trailer tomorrow to haul my sxs and 1 atv. It's a tandem axle and there are 2 choices; one with a side load ramp off the front side for the atv and one without.

My head tells me that the sxs should be in front anyway, so that option would be a waste of money (it's like 300$ more). But that would also put the majority of weight in front of both axles, and probably too much tongue weight.

If the atv goes on first, at min I would think I have to back the yxz up the trailer to move the heaviest part forward, but not way forward. But that like puts the rear where it would be anyway if I drove it on first and put the atv in back lol.

Anyone out there care to share with me how they haul an atv&sxs on their trailers?

Thank you much.
 

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I would buy the front side load trailer.
Put the 4wheeler in front, sideways.
Back the sxs on, it may ride a little better, but just driving it on will be ok too.
For what it's worth, I've driven alot of trailers on pickup trucks with various loads, and a flatbed tractor trailer through 40 states.
As long as the weight of the trailer, atv, and sxs do not exceed the tow vehicle's rating, I would not be overly concerned with hauling them this way.
Check your trailer tire pressure too.
 

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My bro-in-law has a single axle, rear and right front side drop-gate, open trailer.
Tracker 700 utility sxs driven on the back, and 60" Husqvarna zero-turn mower in front.
The mower is 3 times what a Raptor weighs too, but his old 5.3 Tahoe pulls them easy, and with no trailer brakes.
 

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I vote side load! Just in case you leave the SXS at home and load up multiple atv’s. Might make the end of the day a little more pleasant loading up to head home.


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Excellent. This is what I needed to hear. They also have a 7x18 aluminum...which would allow 2atv and the sxs...its essentially the same price as an 8x18 aluminum car hauler(5300)..which is beyond how much I want to invest in an open trailer.

I was looking 3/4 ton burbans and enclosed car haulers for a hot minute...things were getting expensive and complicated...took a step back lol
 

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I have a 14 foot single axle and have no problems loading the Yzx forward first and a quad sideways behind it. It does really suck having to lift the quad over the rails. Maybe not so much 30 years ago but it sucks now!. My last trailer I had to load the SxS on backwards and that will never happen again. Huge pain, that's why I no longer own it :)
 

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Put a video when you do that....

Congrats on the new trailer anyway.
 

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I have a 14 foot single axle and have no problems loading the Yzx forward first and a quad sideways behind it. It does really suck having to lift the quad over the rails. Maybe not so much 30 years ago but it sucks now!. My last trailer I had to load the SxS on backwards and that will never happen again. Huge pain, that's why I no longer own it :)
I have a Karavan single axle 6 x 12 that the sides fold down on for side loading. I was planning ahead for my 2021 YXZ SXS and the old Raptor riding together one day. LOL
 

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E-track kit is here. Now I get to drill holes in my new trailer soon. I'll post up when done.
Hope you ordered the Eriksson kit if you have a wood 2x6 floor. The other brands at the same price comes with hardware, but are a half inch too short. The Erickson kit doesn't, so you can buy your own stainless steel bolts or galvanized. I heard in reviews the hardware the other brand includes is zinc plated poorly and start rusting in a week also.
 

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Hope you ordered the Eriksson kit if you have a wood 2x6 floor. The other brands at the same price comes with hardware, but are a half inch too short. The Erickson kit doesn't, so you can buy your own stainless steel bolts or galvanized. I heard in reviews the hardware the other brand includes is zinc plated poorly and start rusting in a week also.
What portion is a half inch too short? I had the Erickson wheel chock/tie-down kit on my old trailer and I loved them. Only downside was semi permanent placement. I figured the track strips would allow a ton more versatility and less obstruction.

I haven't opened the box yet but I had planned on buying my own hardware anyway, as I just assume at this point everyone cheaps out if it's included at all.

I do have 2x6 boards and I'm contemplating what to use for hardware, lag or carriage.
 

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What portion is a half inch too short? I had the Erickson wheel chock/tie-down kit on my old trailer and I loved them. Only downside was semi permanent placement. I figured the track strips would allow a ton more versatility and less obstruction.

I haven't opened the box yet but I had planned on buying my own hardware anyway, as I just assume at this point everyone cheaps out if it's included at all.

I do have 2x6 boards and I'm contemplating what to use for hardware, lag or carriage.
The bolts in this kit are 1/2 inch short on being able to bolt through a 2 x 6 board floor.
I have the Eriksson kit also and love it! The guy at the Fastenal dealer gave me the SS bolts, locknuts, and washers for free for showing him where to find it on Amazon!
 

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The bolts in this kit are 1/2 inch short on being able to bolt through a 2 x 6 board floor.
I have the Eriksson kit also and love it! The guy at the Fastenal dealer gave me the SS bolts, locknuts, and washers for free for showing him where to find it on Amazon!
After thinking about it I'm going to do flange bolts vs lag screws I think. I'll need to make a backing plate to mount under the trailer boards, but it's probably going to be the most secure solution. I really wanted to just zip some lag screws down there and be done with it but I SUPPOSE I'll do it right.

Tomorrow brings a trip to the hardware store for a million bolts, nuts, washers backing material.

FYI to anyone and @Burndog1213 that Boltdepot website is super easy to get what you need and WAY cheaper than fastenal for higher grade stuff. Of course, I haven't gotten my order yet to confirm but worth a look.
 

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Update on this. I messed up my first guesstimate and 3" bolts were too long. So, another boltdepot order of 2.5 and all the e-track and backing plates are installed.
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Also this trailer is an absolute hazard with the factory ramp latch system, as it has dropped to the road 2 out of 3 trips by itself. I drilled a hole for cotter pins in the latch to see if that will last as a fix. My concern is it's an aluminum trailer and eventually that latch housing is going to be fubar.
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Either way, this wknd is a trip to Badlands offroad Park to break things in and then to Indy for Cleetus and Cars. Should be a learning experience.


Also removed the 80lb each steel ramps that came with and replaced with a simple piece of wood with grip tape for loading the atv. Plenty sufficient and an absolute f-ton lighter. Plus the steel ramp was already beating the f out of the aluminum housing.

The engineering of this trailer is less than stellar. 0/10 would buy again.
 

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I went to a scrapyard and bought a stainless steel control panel box to make backing plates that ate 5 drill bits before I bought a carbide tip bit that cost $15. Wound up not using them because my atv only weights 355lbs.. Pretty stout pressure treated lumber came on it too.
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Yeah I just got some scrap metal for the backing plates and cut into 6x6 squares, placing 1 at each end and one directly under where the tire will be strapped. It was overkill for the atv portion but figured might as well. I, too, went through plenty of bits until I realized my mke impact bit wasn't lost. I regret buying the Ryobi one lol

Went to pickup the freshly powdercoated cage for my yxz today and the ramp didn't fall so I'll call it a win, for now.
 

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Yeah I just got some scrap metal for the backing plates and cut into 6x6 squares, placing 1 at each end and one directly under where the tire will be strapped. It was overkill for the atv portion but figured might as well. I, too, went through plenty of bits until I realized my mke impact bit wasn't lost. I regret buying the Ryobi one lol

Went to pickup the freshly powdercoated cage for my yxz today and the ramp didn't fall so I'll call it a win, for now.
A buddy of mine bought a 2020 YXZ when they first came out. He only had it a couple of months when his 15 year old son centered a tree and totaled the frame. He completely torn it down and replaced it with a brand new frame. He only had 3 bolts leftover! LOL!
 

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Update on this. I messed up my first guesstimate and 3" bolts were too long. So, another boltdepot order of 2.5 and all the e-track and backing plates are installed.
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Also this trailer is an absolute hazard with the factory ramp latch system, as it has dropped to the road 2 out of 3 trips by itself. I drilled a hole for cotter pins in the latch to see if that will last as a fix. My concern is it's an aluminum trailer and eventually that latch housing is going to be fubar.
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Either way, this wknd is a trip to Badlands offroad Park to break things in and then to Indy for Cleetus and Cars. Should be a learning experience.


Also removed the 80lb each steel ramps that came with and replaced with a simple piece of wood with grip tape for loading the atv. Plenty sufficient and an absolute f-ton lighter. Plus the steel ramp was already beating the f out of the aluminum housing.

The engineering of this trailer is less than stellar. 0/10 would buy again.
I was at the badlands today also!


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