How To Tie Down an ATV Using Ratchet Straps

Ratchet straps are an easy and fast way to secure an ATV for transport, and generally range in size from 1″ to 4″ wide. For best results, be sure to choose a ratchet strap with an adequate working load limit (WLL) to secure the weight of your vehicle.

Once your ATV is on the trailer and the parking break is engaged, begin by taking the long end of the strap and feed it up and through the frame of the ATV. The frame is the most stable part to tie down; do not wrap the strap around the axles or any other moving part that is vulnerable to bending or breaking.

After the ratchet straps are secured to the trailer, it’s important to pull the slack out of the strap before you begin ratcheting. Spooling too much webbing around the shaft which will not allow you to tie it down securely. While holding the strap end tightly, ratchet to tighten. Wrap any excess strapping around the taut strap to keep it from blowing during transit.

Secure your ATV with four tie down points- two in the front and two in the back- to prevent forward, backward, and side-to-side movement.

It’s also a good idea to check your state DOT regulations for any additional rules and regulations for transporting an ATV.

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