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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-27-2018, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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ATV hauling....no sweat

I was worried about gettn an atv in my Colorado, but no problemo.....
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how did you keep it off the back window. was always a problem with my previous truck

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Where did you get the tailgate supports?

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how did you keep it off the back window. was always a problem with my previous truck
I used wheel chokes and also rachet straps
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Where did you get the tailgate supports?

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DG manufacturing makes them, but do a search and I found plenty of different styles and colors
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DG manufacturing makes them, but do a search and I found plenty of different styles and colors
Thanks, I went to look at some of their stuff, although I don't really put much load on my tailgate. I have seen people who were concerned here about it.

I liked these little hook-securing rubber pieces. I might have to add them to my kit for securing loads from my ratchet straps.

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I used wheel chokes and also ratchet straps
You choke your wheels? I just chock mine.

I think if I was loading something like this, I would build a piece of lumber, a spacer, so to speak, that would never allow my ATV to roll close enough to the window to make contact. It would be a chock of sorts, but would rest against the front of the bed of the truck and be wide enough to keep the wheels far enough back to not allow contact.

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Short bed and sports bar here. I built a "box" out of 2x4's to place in the front of the bed to run the front wheels up against to prevent it from hitting the sports bar or rear window. I have towed 600 miles in this configuration with no issues,



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I have a 2015 polaris sportman 570, and was/am really worried about ramping it up in the truck, it was no problem?

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Well...glad I clicked on this thread?


I have an old (but well cared for) 2001 Polaris Sportsman 500. I've often wondered if it would even fit side to side wise in my truck bed....looks like it could!


So is it un-safe to drive up onto the bed (the tailgate) without supports? I feel like I used to do this with other trucks all the time.
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Well...glad I clicked on this thread?


I have an old (but well cared for) 2001 Polaris Sportsman 500. I've often wondered if it would even fit side to side wise in my truck bed....looks like it could!


So is it un-safe to drive up onto the bed (the tailgate) without supports? I feel like I used to do this with other trucks all the time.
To go along with the box I built for the front of the bed to run the front tires up against, I also built what I call a picture frame to help alleviate some of the pressure on the tailgate. The frame is just a rectangle of 2x4's with a diagonal 2x4 running from top to bottom like an old barn door. The frame is the entire length of the bed and both front and rear tires sit on the frame.

The atv pictured above is a 2016 cam am 570.
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50" wide Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail in my Dodge! :)
I've added air-bag helpers, and use the tailgate supports, too, with heavy-duty folding ramps for loading. Run a strap from the truck to the ramp to prevent them from kicking out while loading or unloading!


The 900lb. UTV in the bed works, but is not "ideal." I'm going to switch to a smaller tow vehicle and a trailer, which is why I'm here. ;)
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I understand my 700 lb Polaris 570 is under the rate spec for his truck to haul, but how did I do? My quad is registered to NH and my trip there is full of hills, anything else I should do or just the tailgate helper supports? Thanks for help


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I was worried about gettn an atv in my Colorado, but no problemo.....
Was wondering if you bought the DG supports since you need to keep the gate down when your hauling your atv or more so for extra support when loading it up the ramps? I just picked up a set of HF folding ramps so I can haul my snow thrower or lawn tractor around. This may occur a couple times a year at most but debating whether to get the DG supports or not. Would you buy them again?

Anyone else on the forum have the DG tailgate supports or similar?

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I'd use the supports in both of those scenarios, honestly. Better to be safe than sorry.

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No Straps, No movement. Back window safe.



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No Straps, No movement. Back window safe.
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Picked up the DG supports and assembled the folding arched ramps from Harbor Freight. Loaded up an Ariens two-stage snow thrower as a test and no problems. Gotta find a better way to unload the machine as gravity helps a little too much though!
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QUESTION. Why the supports? They just go in the same place as the cables? Right? What's the point?

p.s. I've loaded/unloaded my quad hundreds of times between my 1st and 2nd Collys over the years, no problems.

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QUESTION. Why the supports? They just go in the same place as the cables? Right? What's the point?

p.s. I've loaded/unloaded my quad hundreds of times between my 1st and 2nd Collys over the years, no problems.
Don’t have a pic handy but they go from the bar that the tailgate latches to to the tailgate latch itself. They’re supposed to assist the cables as they stretch or catch the tailgate should the cable break or the crimped connectors come undone under load. Decided to go the “cheap insurance” route an earlier poster mentioned.

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QUESTION. Why the supports? They just go in the same place as the cables? Right? What's the point?

p.s. I've loaded/unloaded my quad hundreds of times between my 1st and 2nd Collys over the years, no problems.
If they'll allow the tailgate to drop all the way to level, then they're worth their weight in gold. Right now I have to remove the tailgate if I'm putting the lift in my bed since the cables are too short to allow it to be level with the bed.

Chances are that the cables are plenty strong, but for $60 those look like cheap insurance to me.

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