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ATV Trailers

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We all enjoy the excitement and thrill of taking the four-wheeler out for a spin on trails we haven’t been down yet. But what if those trails are across the state? Or across the country? Transporting an ATV safely and efficiently is really important for everyone who wants to enjoy off-road adventures no matter where they take you. 

The best transportation method depends on several factors, including the number of ATVs, distance, and available vehicles for towing. When it comes down to it, one of the most effective and easy ways to transport ATVs is with a trailer.

This guide delves into the specifics of ATV trailers, comparing them with other transport methods, providing insights into selecting the right trailer size, and giving you some tips for loading your ATV on your new trailer.

How Do You Best Transport Your ATV?

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Trailers are most commonly thought of as the best way to transport ATVs for several reasons. 

  • Safety: Trailers offer one of the safest ways to accommodate ATVs of various sizes and weights. Unlike other transportation methods, trailers provide a large dedicated space for ATVs, allowing them to be securely fastened and protected during transit. This is especially important for those who wish to transport multiple ATVs simultaneously, as trailers can be specifically designed to handle moving more than 1 ATV. 
  • Styles: Trailers are available in both open and enclosed formats, offering options for basic transport solutions and additional protection from the elements or added security for your ATV.
  • Add-Ons: With features like built-in ramps and tie-down points, loading and unloading ATVs from a trailer is a straightforward and safe process, minimizing the risk of damage to either vehicle. 
  • Cost: A trailer will give you the ability to get the job done without having to dive deep into your savings account. You then have the freedom to transport your ATVs to distant trails and events without limitations or the need to try and find something to rent.

Before we go any further, we should probably define exactly what we mean when using the term ATV Trailer.

What Is An ATV Trailer?

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An ATV trailer is a type of pull behind trailer designed to be able to transport ATVs (All-Terrain Vehicles). These trailers vary in size, material, and design, catering to each individual’s needs and preferences. They can be open, offering easy loading and flexibility, or enclosed, providing protection from the elements and added security. More on that later!

For now, let’s cover some of the basic differences between using a trailer for ATV transportation and going with something else. 

ATV Trailers vs Truck Beds

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While using a truck bed is a quick and potentially convenient option for transporting a single ATV, you are going to first need to buy a truck. If you happen to have a truck and only need to transport a small ATV (under 55 inches), you may have found your solution right there! If you do not want to spend $50,000 on a way to transport your ATV, a trailer may be a better option.

Trailers offer several advantages for heavier loads or multiple vehicles, and they don’t require extra purchases. Trailers also provide more space so that multiple ATVs can be transported simultaneously without risking damage to each other. Instead of having to purchase a ramp for your truck, you can simply pull down the ramp on your trailer, which is already there (often it becomes the rear wall).

ATV Trailers vs Hitch Mounted Carriers

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Hitch-mounted carriers are suitable for transporting a single small ATV (assuming you can find a genuinely durable hitch-mounted carrier). However, most have limitations in weight capacity and can also hinder access to your vehicle’s trunk or bed.

ATV trailers surpass hitch-mounted carriers in weight capacity, ease of loading, and size, and are still competitive in price, making them the better choice for almost everyone—especially those with multiple ATVs to transport. 

ATV Trailers vs Tow Dollies

atv trailers vs tow dollies

Truth be told, tow dollies really should not be used to tow ATVs. Simply put, that is not what they were designed to do. A tow dolly is meant to tow cars from one location to another fairly close location. ATVs are not built to have their back wheels on the ground, spinning. You also may not even be able to fit your ATV on a tow dolly, to begin with, depending on the size. 

Trailers, providing a stable platform for the ATV, seem to be the superior option for most ATV transportation needs. The entire ATV is off the ground, and it will be a legal way to get your quad where you want to go.

What Size Trailer Is Best For An ATV?

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For a single ATV, a 5×8 trailer with a 4’ gate should be enough for you to get hauling. We recommend the gate because not only does it provide an extra level of safety, but it also doubles as a ramp! 

Overall, selecting the proper size trailer depends on the ATV’s specific dimensions and the haulability of your vehicle. It also depends on whether or not you are helping a friend out and transporting their ATV as well!

For reference, here are some standard ATV trailer sizes.

Small ATV Trailers

Small ATV trailer sizes typically range from 5’, 6’, 8’, 10’, and 12’ in length combined with 6’ or 8’ in width.

Large ATV Trailers

For those with multiple ATVs or needing extra space for equipment, large trailers ranging from 14’, 20’, and 22’ in length paired with an 8’ width are going to be some of the standard sizes to go with.

What Size ATV Trailer Is Best For A Yamaha YFZ450?

A small 5’x8’ trailer comfortably accommodates this 70.7” x 48.8” ATV. You would also still have room for some gear or other items for your trek to the trails. 

What Size ATV Trailer Is Best For A Suzuki LT-R450

Slightly larger than the YFZ450, a 6×8 trailer is sufficient for this 72.6” x 49” trailer.

What Size ATV Trailer Is Best For A Honda TRX250R

This ATV, being similar in size to the Suzuki LT-r450, would also fit well on a 6×8 trailer. The 72.4″ x 45.7″ body of this ATV will actually give you slightly more breathing room on that trailer as well.

How Big Of A Trailer Do I Need To Haul 2 ATVs?

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For 2 ATVs, a trailer size of at least 6×12 feet is recommended to accommodate both vehicles side by side, including space for secure tie-downs.

What Size Trailer Do I Need For 4 ATVs?

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For 4 ATVs a larger trailer, such as a 7’x16’, is necessary to transport four ATVs safely, allowing for optimal space and weight distribution and secure loading.

How Do You Load An ATV On A Trailer?

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  1. Position The Towing Vehicle: Make sure it is on a level area and the parking brake is on.
  2. Position the Trailer: Ensure the trailer is securely attached to the tow vehicle and the trailer itself is on a level surface.
  3. Use Ramps: Position ramps securely against the trailer (if the trailer is not equipped with ramps already. Otherwise, drop the trailer ramp and make sure it is touching the ground and centered (if possible).
  4. Drive or Push ATV Up the Ramp: If driving the ATV onto the trailer, do so slowly and steadily. If pushing, ensure you have enough help to control the ATV’s weight. Once you hit that ramp, the weight will feel much heavier.
  5. Secure the ATV: Once the ATV is on the trailer, use tie-down straps to secure it in place, focusing on the front and rear secure points. Check that the ATV is stable and the straps are tight.
  6. Final Check: If you are only loading 1 ATV, make sure over 50% of the weight is on the front ½ of the trailer. If you are loading more than 1, distribute the weight of the ATVs evenly.

If you aren’t worried about possible scratches or the ATVs touching, this video shows a pretty cool way to maneuver your ATV into position when on a trailer.

Types of ATV Trailers

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  • Enclosed Trailers: Enclosed ATV trailers offer protection from the elements and a more secure transport for ATVs. They are ideal for those who wish to keep their vehicles out of sight for security reasons or need to transport a decent amount of gear alongside their ATVs. 
  • Utility Trailers: These open-air trailers are incredibly versatile. They are not specific to transporting ATVs but are commonly used for this purpose due to their flexibility in carrying various loads and the amount of sizes you can find. Utility trailers typically have a flat platform and may include side rails, dovetails, and tie-down points built-in.
  • Equipment Trailers: These trailers are designed to haul heavy equipment, which does include ATVs. Equipment trailers often come with features like; heavier load capacities, enhanced suspension systems, and sometimes, tilt or drop decks for easier loading of heavy vehicles.
  • Car Hauler Trailers: While primarily designed for cars, car hauler trailers can be used for transporting ATVs too. Especially when dealing with multiple quads or when you want a more substantial and stable platform for other hauling in the future. They are available in both open and enclosed configurations.

Weight Capacity Of ATV Trailers

The weight capacity of ATV trailers varies significantly depending on the style and materials. It can be important to know the weight of your ATV and any additional gear you plan to haul, especially if you are trying to move 3-4 ATVs at once. If you don’t select a trailer that can handle it, it will lead to overloading your trailer. Overloading a trailer can lead to unsafe towing conditions and damage to the trailer and towing vehicle.

ATV Trailer Material

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ATV trailers are typically made from steel or aluminum.

  • Steel trailers are known for their strength and durability, making them suitable for heavy loads and rough use. They are also the less expensive option between the two. However, they are heavier and more prone to rust if not properly maintained.
  • Aluminum trailers are lighter, making them easier to tow and more fuel-efficient. They are also resistant to corrosion but tend to be more expensive and may have a lower weight capacity compared to steel trailers. With a longer lifespan, there seems to be a higher upside for this type of trailer.

ATV Trailer Prices

how much do atv trailers cost

The average you will spend on a utility trailer for 1 ATV is around $1,800.

However, the cost of ATV trailers can vary widely based on size, material, style, and features.

Utility trailers can offer a more budget-friendly option, with prices increasing with size and added features like ramps or tie-downs.

Enclosed trailers are generally more expensive than utility trailers due to the additional materials and demand. The average you can expect to spend on an enclosed trailer for 1 ATV is $8,000.

Equipment and car hauler trailers tend to be in the middle of the price range coming in at around $4,000 for hauling 1 ATV. 

In-Stock ATV Trailers in KY

If you are in the market for an ATV trailer, we would love to help. Four Winds Trailers is located in Bowling Green, KY, and we currently have in-stock trailers that can be a full-time solution for transporting ATVs

New ATV Trailers

Buying new offers the advantage of being the first owner, the latest features, and the peace of mind that comes with a brand-new product. However, we do have trailer trade ins that occur all the time!

Used ATV Trailers

Purchasing a used trailer can provide significant cost savings and offer good value if the trailer is in good condition. It’s important to thoroughly inspect a used trailer for wear, damage, and rust before buying. We can help you find the best-used trailer too!

We hope this guide has helped you in your journey of figuring out the best ways to transport your ATV. Enjoy the trails, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!