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Holiday gift guide 2014

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Need some help finding the right gift for the ATV offroader in your life? This 2014 holiday gift guide from ProMark Offroad will help you get your shopping started right. It may be confusing buying an ATV/UTV accessory or device when you don’t know much about the machine or hobby. Don’t fret! The Promark Holiday Gift Guide for 2014 will have the husband or son in your life saying, “Gee-whiz, (insert your name)! How did you know where to get this awesome ATV gift and how did you know I would love it?!”

atv in mud

Keep Your ATV Rider Safe With Gifts From ProMark

And the fun doesn’t stop there – your ATV/UTV gift ships right to your door for free (lower 48 states)! No need to feel desperate and stressed fighting the holiday shopping crowds and dealing with insincere salesmen. So, if you’re ready to find that perfect gift for the ATV enthusiast in your life, scroll down to view the ultimate ProMark Offroad Gift Guide 2014 to make any ATV rider in your life happy!

Electric Winch (ATV winch or Recovery winch)

ATV winches are used when the rider gets their vehicle stuck or want to haul something heavy. The winch is a simple tool, containing a casing and steel wire with a hook attached to it. The user just presses a button on their winch or handlebars to detract the cable. The cable is then wrapped around an object, such as a tree. The user then pushes that same button to engage the winch and draw the cable back into the casing, moving either the ATV out of it’s stuck position (such as in a deep creek or in mud), or moves the object it’s connected to (such as a downed tree, recently killed deer). Recovery winchGet out fast with an electric offroad winch from ProMark Offroad. Each winch comes with cable (steel or synthetic), winch controls, and an accessory kit to get you started. Mounting plates sold separately.

ATV Winches That Will Make Any Rider Happy!

This ATV winch is one of the top selling winches we carry, and for great reason. It’s a compact, quiet and all-purpose winch, great for versitile winching and hauling. If the ATV rider in your life needs a smaller yet durable tool for working, hunting or just recreation, the Superwinch LT3000 offers the brand name functionality and reliability that you expect. Carry or haul up to 3,000 lbs with this high-performing and trustworthy winch.

This winch has all the ruggedness the ATVer in your life could ask for! There are no bells and whistles with this tool, just pure work ethic and handiness. Pull almost any load with the ProMark 3,000 lb. Utility Winch, thanks to the aircraft-grade steel that the cable is made from. Also, gain peace of mind while the ATV rider winches from a distance with the easy-to-use remote controller.

ATV Snow Plow Kit

This may be one of the greatest inventions for ATV-riding husbands everywhere – an ATV snow plow kit means no more back-breaking shoveling! With an ATV snow plow, you’ll have a clear driveway in no time. Many snow plow ATV kits can be confusing, but with ProMark, rest assured that the quick connect features available on most of our ATV plows will decrease installation time and let you get our of your garage in an instant. When the snow melts and it’s time to remove your ATV snow plow, it’s a breeze to simply remove the blade and you’ll be hitting the trails once again.

Dig Out of the Snow with this ATV Snow Plow!

The ATV rider in your life won’t be the only one thanking you this holiday season when you get them a Koplin Cycle Country Drifter ATV Snow Plow Kit – you’ll be thanking yourself. Now, instead of waiting around for your husband or son to shovel, get them this handy snow plow, and you’ll be out of your driveway and back to your life in no time. Don’t be hindered by snow every time it hits; this ATV snow plow fits almost any ATV newer than 2001, and comes with the type of features men love – 5 position blade adjustments, dual trip springs, height adjustable skids and huge, 52″ blades.

ATV / UTV Covers

This one may not be the sexiest of presents for your holiday celebration, but keep in mind – nothing beats the utility of a reliable ATV cover. To keep your ATV rider’s machine looking and working great, there is no substitute for an ATV cover. Make sure your husband or son protects the investment (that you most likely disagreed with in the first place) from going awry by maintaining the ATV’s paint job and engine parts for much longer. An ATV / UTV cover will keep all the nasty dirt and rain off of your ride, while a trailerable cover provides protection during trailering the ATV. If trailering is a possiblity, then ProMark has many great options for you to check out.

Great ATV/UTV Covers for the Seasonal Enthusiast in Your Life!

  • QuadBoss ATV Cover

For the hunter or ATV accessory nut in your life, there may be no better gift this holiday season than a camo or black ATV cover from QuadBoss. This ATV/UTV cover is built extra large for the manliest of ATVs, and even includes a handy storage bag sewn right into it to help keep your garage or basement free from clutter. If the ATV you’re buying for has a lot of accessories such as racks, flood lights, drop baskets or other attachments, this cover is your best option.

  • Classic Accessories ATV Storage Cover

The ATV Storage Cover by Classic Accessories is great for those that might store their ATV indoors or outdoors. This heavy duty cover will provide protection against the harmful UV rays of the sun, featuring exclusive UV resistant ProtekX technology. If you’re looking for a versatile cover that will fit many sizes of ATV, this cover comes with an elastic band to ensure that your entire ATV is protected from whatever may be potentially harmful in storage.

Synthetic Rope

Did you know that most off-road competitions require participants to use synthetic rope for safety reasons? If you’re buying an offroad gift for a competitive ATV rider and considering buying them a winch rope – either with a winch kit or on it’s own – synthetic ATV rope is the way to go. If you’re buying a winch kit, pay attention to whether it comes with synthetic rope or steel cable. Synthetic line has a few more benefits in comparison to wire rope, in that it’s lightweight, easy on the hands, and floats in water, whereas steel cable has the tendency to rust in winter and snap back at the operator when it breaks under pressure. These are just a few of the advantages synthetic rope has over wire rope.

The Right Rope for Any ATV Rider!

Make sure the ATV rider in your life stays safe on their offroad adventure with the ProMark 5,000 lb, 40′ Synthetic Rope. This rope is 12-strand braided cable, utilizing high molecular weight polyethylene (really fancy) fiber, making it 15 times as strong as your standard steel cable. The great thing about this rope, is that even if the ATV winch rope happens to snap, there is no recoil which is a major safety bonus. And, although it’s rated at 5,000 lbs. the Average Pull Strength of this synthetic rope is up to 9,400 lbs – making this one of the top ropes in the industry!

The ProMark Recovery Winch with Synthetic Rollers is designed for self-recovery winches running synthetic rope. Our roller fairlead is constructed with durable nylon rollers assembled in a rigid steel frame. Unlike traditional hawse and metal roller fairleads, this synthetic roller fairlead will not fray, tangle or rip synthetic winch ropes. Make sure your holiday gift lasts – this winch roller is designed to last for years!

Wireless Remote Kit

Wireless is the way of the future for consumer electronics, Internet, and health monitoring – so why not make your ATV winch wireless as well?  Make sure your boys are being safe out there on the trails with a wireless winch remote kit for the the holidays. These ATV accessories make your winch easier and safer with a wireless control upgrade that lets you control the winch from further away. Now, if the winch happens to be installed wrong and it malfunctions, your rider is safe from whatever they may be hauling at distances of up to 100 feet. With easy-to-install instructions, your wireless remote kit makes ATVing safer than ever and gives you the gift of peace of mind for the long haul

Wireless Remote Kit – A Gift for the Serious ATV rider!

With the ProMark Universal ATV Winch Wireless Remote Kit, works seamlessly with many standard ATV winches. A wireless remote for the ATV rider in your life will give you the most peace of mind from most of the gifts on this list. Your rider is protect from up to 75′ with this handy ATV remote control kit. Now, your husband, son or daughter can haul and tow from a distance in case their winching line breaks or their haul happens to tumble onto the ATV.

Recovery Accessory Kit

If you’re really serious about keeping the ATV offroader in your life safe, then consider gifting them a complete ATV recovery accessory kit. This kit includes all the recovery accessories you need for any situation faced on the trails. ATV recovery kits can include everything from tree trunk straps to anchor or tow against a tree, snatch blocks for heavy duty lifting, to rugged leather gloves to protect your hands against injury from rope burn, all included in an easy-to-carry, weatherproof bag. The recovery kit is easily and directly installed onto your ATVs front or back rack via simple attachment straps.

The ATV Winch Accessory Kit is the perfect gift if you’re unsure what the ATV rider in your life really wants – the accessory kit is a necessity for any offroader. The accessory kit includes tree straps, clevis/D shackles and of course a snatch block for heavy duty lifting. Also, your hands will thank you when you wear the bonus leather gloves! The entire kit comes into a handy, weatherproof case that straps and clasps directly onto your ATV/UTV.

ATV Tire Chains

This holiday, give the gift of more traction for the ATV rider in your life with ATV/UTV tire chains. I bet you didn’t know that tire chains increase traction on snow by up to 400%. That’s a huge increase for the snow-loving (or snow-hating) offroader. ATV tire chains aren’t just great for riding down ice-covered rivers, snow-plastered trails, as well as plowing snow with your ATV in the winter months. Even if the region you live in only sees a foot amount of snowfall each year, it’s never fun calling up your buddy and admitting you’re stuck in the snow, needing his ATV with tire chains to get you out. Depending on the size of tire will determine whether or not you want 8 inch tire chain links or 10 inch.

Make sure the ATV tires are built to use chains, then take careful note of the three measurements on the side of your ATV tire. The first number indicates tire width, the second gives you the tire height ratio (sidewall height as percentage of width) and the third denotes the diameter of the wheel expressed in inches. Cross-reference this information with the information given by the company that you are buying from to determine the size of chain link appropriate for your ATV tires.

Give the Gift of Offroading This Holiday!

Whether you have an ATV rider in your life that races competitively, uses his vehicle around the farm or ranch, or just enjoys taking the ATV out on exciting offroad excursions, ProMark has the perfect gifts this year! Be the star of Christmas morning this year with gear from the leading supplier of ATV/UTV products.

ATV Accessories for Winter

Winter ATV Accessories

Chances are that if you have an ATV or UTV in an area with snowy or icy winters, you’ve already weighed the benefits of all manner of cold-weather accessories. ProMark OffRoad has a wide selection of quality winter accessories for ATVs/UTVs, Jeeps, and trucks, so you can be ready for whatever winter throws at you.

Tire Chains Ensure a No-Slip Grip

The right set of tire chains can make all the difference in a snowy, icy, or unstable terrain. Good traction means a lot and good tire chains are a must-have for any ATV owner. ProMark OffRoad offers quality tire chains ranging from eight to ten inches. While chains can be difficult on certain terrain, and can even bust an axle if you manage to get a chain link caught, they’re an absolute necessity in rough weather. Even if you’re living in an area of the country which hardly gets any snow or ice during the winter months, good tire chains can increase traction by up to 400 percent so no matter what the terrain, you’ll be ready for it.

Don’t Let Snow Stick You Out in The Cold

It’s no secret that a good winch can get you out of a tough situation. Winches are powerful tools but you have to have the right accessories for the job to make the most of one. ProMark OffRoad has great accessory kits for ATV/UTV, Jeep, and truck owners, containing everything from heavy gloves and tree straps to snach blocks, all in a convenient, self-contained bag. Additional wench accessories include replacement fairleads, synthetic winch rope, and wireless remote kits.

UTV snow plow

Use your ATV or UTV to plow snow with these accessories.

Carve Your Own Trail This Winter

Due to advancements in design and installation, ProMark OffRoad offers user-friendly snow plow attachments perfect for almost any ATV or UTV owner. The addition of a quick connect feature makes it easy to attach the blade for plowing in the winter and remove it for riding in the summer. The Cycle Country A.R.M. snow plow kit gives you the choice between poly blades, which are lighter and less likely to damage driveways, and traditional steel blades, which have a long history of power and proformance. Most ATVs will need at least a 50 inch blade to clear a proper path, but a UTV can handle blades up to 72 inches. Nearly every ATV/UTV owner can find the proper parts to fit their machine and their needs.

Protect Your ATV

When snow piles up, it can damage even the toughest ATV. Protect your machine with a heavy-duty mildew-resistant DuraSheild Universal Fit cover, available in grey and standrad camo colors. The cover protects your ATV/UTV from the cold, wet weather of winter with a heavy, resistant poly treated with a Water-Tec coating and features an elastic cord bottem hem for a quick, easy and proper fit. The DuraShield cover also comes with a five-year warrenty and a color-matched storage bag so you can keep your ATV safe and looking great for years to come.

How to Winterize your ATV

atvs ready for winter

Live in a cold region? It’s a good idea to winterize your ATV and secure it for the cold weather months. Bypassing the coldest months of the year allows you to get the most out of your ATV investment. While simply garaging your ATV will protect it from the salt, wind and rain of winter, you need to go a few steps further to fully protect your ride. Pick up a few supplies in advance, set aside a few hours this fall, and put your favorite toys away the right way for winter.

ATV/UTV Winterizing:

ATV winterizing

  • Clean and protect: Give your vehicle a thorough washing and inspection. Allow all surfaces to dry fully, then wax and buff. Wax not only adds a great ‘like new” shine, it also helps protect your ATV body from moisture damage. Inspect and repair any body or cosmetic damage and use a conditioner on the seat if desired.
  • Add fuel stabilizer: Stabilizer will help your ATV winter over – and start up like a new ride next year. Pour gas stabilizer into your tank, and then top off with gasoline. Run the engine for a few minutes to fully integrate the stabilizer, and then turn the ATV off.
  • Change your oil: Replacing the oil in your ATV with fresh eliminates the risk of damage to your engine. Used oil is acidic, and can eat away at metal if left in place too long.
  • Choose your storage: Drive the ATV into the garage or shed you plan on storing it in. Check your tire pressure and inflate to the manufacturer’s recommended settings. Park on blocks if possible and shut off the engine and all accessories.
  • Pull the Battery: Remove the battery to prevent damage and make sure it is easy to start your ATV when warm weather arrives. If you have more than one ATV or are winterizing more than one vehicle, label the batteries for easy retrieval in the spring. Store your battery on a high shelf, out of reach of kids and pets and in a location where it won’t freeze.
  • Cover any exposed pipes or other openings with wire mesh. Mice and other small animals can make a cozy home inside just about anything; sealing off any openings prevents them from getting inside. Don’t have mesh on hand? Hardware cloth, steel wool or even tape will keep the critters away.
  • Cover your ATV with a special ATV/UTV cover to prevent dust collection and problems with debris. Lock your shed to prevent theft and make sure your ATV is secure. Label your keys and place them somewhere you’ll find them in the spring.

Winterizing your ATV will take a few hours, but will lengthen the lifespan of your vehicle considerably. If you have more than one ATV, you can winterize them assembly style to speed things up a bit. The best thing about winterizing? You’ll be all set to ride on the first sunny day next spring.

One Size Does Not Fit All: Choosing a Safety Helmet That Protects

ATV Rider Budget Bogger

There’s nothing like the bad-to-the-bone feeling of blazing through an open field on your all-terrain vehicle (ATV). While you’re experiencing the rush of freedom, remember to wear your helmet, your most important ATV accessory to protect your head from impacts. Helmets are available in different sizes and quality levels. Choosing the right one will improve your chance of avoiding brain trauma and staying alive if you fall.

  • Second-hand is no good. Saving a few dollars is not worth the risk of cracking your skull if you fall off your ATV, so skip the garage sell when you’re looking for protective headgear. You don’t know what type of damage a used helmet has been through. Wear and tear and impacts from accidents can compromise a helmet’s integrity and reduce the amount of protection it offers.
  • Proper fit matters. To ensure the best protection, buy a helmet that fits your head snuggly when you put it on. If the helmet is too tight, it will be uncomfortable and cause a terrible headache. If the protective device is too loose, it may fly off your head in an accident, leaving you vulnerable to life-altering head injuries.
  • DOT safety isn’t optional. The Department of Transportation (DOT) sets safety guidelines for helmets. If the helmet doesn’t have the sticker that suggests it meets DOT safety standards, don’t waste your money on it. It’s pointless to purchase something that won’t provide any real protection if you crash.
  • Don’t be a cheapskate. In the case of helmets, the old adage, “You get what you pay for” holds true. Cheaper helmets may lack reinforcement material that can offer extra protection in an accident. Don’t pluck a helmet off the shelf just because it’s cheap. Instead, make your choice based on quality.

Riding on an ATV can give you a rush like nobody’s business. To keep your thrill-rides from turning into tragedy, invest in a new, DOT approved safety helmet to protect your skull from impacts.

Should an ATV Be Part of a Disaster Prep Kit?

ATV/UTV driving in deserted land

Should an ATV be Part of a Disaster Preparedness Package?

recent article in the Los Angeles Times related how some of the wealthier residents of the area are preparing for the next major earthquake, which could theoretically happen at any time. In addition to making plans to transform tennis courts into triage areas and setting up an independent radio system, residents of a Bel Air neighborhood have slowly stockpiled the items they may need to get by until help arrives. This includes common sense items like food, clean water and basic toiletries. In the case that no help ever does come to them, the community has added an ATV to the stockpile for use after a disaster.

Inexperienced ATV Drivers Can Compound Issues

A 1500lb winch is a good size for emergencies.

A 1500lb winch is a good size for emergencies.

It’s true that in the wake of a disaster that leaves roadways damaged an

d power lines down, an ATV or UTV winches are a valuable tool for families to get to supplies or even to shelter. That being said, there is an inherent danger in people who have little experience operating this type of vehicle hopping on one and trying to navigate dangerous conditions. As any ATV rider or enthusiast knows, an overzealous beginner can get themselves severely hurt or even killed.

There is also the risk that having an all-terrain vehicle will create more demand for certain resources. For example, if a wealthier community has an ATV and someone uses it to drive around and get the supplies they need, he or she will eventually run out of gas. This adds to the demand for gas, which is typically already high in the days following a natural disaster. Any accident or damage done by the ATV can create a need for police and emergency medical personnel, who will surely already be swamped with injuries after a disaster.Does an ATV Help or Hinder After a Disaster?

There are certainly advantages to having an ATV post-disaster, but as always, responsible ownership and use are crucial.

Essential Offroad Accessories for ATVs and Jeeps

atv plow accessory

Adventure enthusiasts gravitate to offroading for the thrill and excitement around every corner. Jeeps and ATVs are two of the most popular offroad vehicles, serving a distinctive purpose depending on terrain or needs. ATVs are great for thrill rides, mudding, and adventures where a Jeep just cannot traverse. Jeeps offer more control and sense of conquering grounds, more adequate for longer trips and demanding scenarios. Like most adventure activities there is a lot of gear involved, and offroading is not exception – there are many offroad accessories for Jeeps and ATVs.

Let’s take a closer look:

Jeep Accessories

1. ProMark 8000 lb Midnight Series Electric Recovery Winch Synthetic Package - Any serious offroader will tell you that a winch is a must of accessory. The ProMark lines are known for the solid rugged and durable manufacturing, offering a solid product that performs under even the harshest of conditions. These winches are perfecting designed to adapt to most Jeep models and worth their weight in gold when a situation arises in which using a winch is the only answer.

Front view of jeep winch

A Jeep winch is an awesome accessory!

2. PolyPro 3 Jeep Cover - Offroading occurs under a diverse set of weather conditions. For those longer trips and exposure to the elements, this Jeep cover is a must have. It is made of heavy duty fabric to protect your vehicle from damage – both short term or prolonged exposure.

ATV Accessories

1. ProMark 2500 lb XTR Series ATV Winch Synthetic Rope Package - This winch is strategically designed to offer serious offroading assistance when truly needed most. The ATV winch is packed with power and can perform in almost in condition – it is built with the strongest all metal gear parts as well as a waterproof motor. This model is a awesome accessory for any ATV.

ATV stuck in snow

A winch is perfect to rescue your ATV stuck in the snow

2. Cycle Country V-Bar ATV Tire Chains 9″ - These tire chains transform an ATV into a monster vehicle that can shine in all environments. Ice and snow are no challenge with a set of these tire chains, depending on the conditions a set of tire chains is the difference between stop and go.

Whatever your desire to push your ATV or Jeep to the next level, chances are there’s an accessory for that purpose. We mentioned only a few essential ones, but visit the ProMark website for a full list of gear.

ATV or UTV: Which Vehicle Is Right For You?

Arctic Cat 700 with dual ProMark winches and wireless setup

ATV and UTV vehicles have been in use for several decades. They are employed for both sporting and practical purposes. There are a number of different brands and designs that are adaptable to different tasks and terrains, from toughly constructed UTVs for farm or ranch use to lighter ATVs for racing and recreational operation.

All Terrain Vehicles

ATVs are similar to motorcycles, but have 3 or 4 wheels and are operated by a single user. The four-wheeled versions often referred to as “quads.” There are even AATVs, or Amphibious All Terrain Vehicles, that float and operate at slower speeds. Popular ATV accessories include ATV winches, gun racks, snow plows and more. These types of offroad vehicle can even be fitted with outboard motors.

Utility Terrain Vehicles

UTVs have been described as a cross between a pickup truck and an ATV, and are used for both work and recreation. Though UTVs were developed for farm and ranch use, they have evolved into multi-use vehicles, for sports and recreation, as well as competition. They are known by many other names, such as SxS (Side-by-Side), RUV (Recreational Utility Vehicles), ROV (Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles), and MUV (Multi-Use Vehicles). They offer driver and passenger side-by-side options, and larger versions have additional passenger seating in the rear.

UTVs offer a higher payload capability and can carry more weight than ATVs. Their payload is carried below the top of the tires, as opposed to the ATV, which carries its payload above the fenders. This yields a lower vertical center of gravity for better stability. UTVs can also be fitted with a ton of UTV accessories such as windshields, snowplows, and winches. With gas or diesel powered engines, these vehicles haul heavy loads and adapt to challenging terrain.

UTV

UTV hard at work

Don’t Forget To Observe The Rules Of ATV/UTV Use

No matter which machine you choose, it’s important to observe the safety precautions when riding an ATV/UTV.

  • No alcohol or drug consumption before or during use
  • Only operate vehicles off-road or on designated trails
  • Use speeds appropriate for the type of terrain and conditions
  • Observe weight and passenger limits specified by the manufacturer
  • Use a helmet and other protective gear (gloves, long pants, long-sleeved shirts/jackets, eye protection, boots)
  • Safety certification classes are available in most states, and there are a number of organized competitions and events in which both ATV and UTV operators can become involved. Whether you are looking for a farm workhorse or a speedster on the off-road trails, there’s a vehicle for every need. So just grab your key and go!

Staying Safe on your ATV

Enough work for one day. Time to play around!
ATV riding is one of the safest sports there is, providing you maintain a few safety practices. Keep these tips in mind as you enjoy your ATV riding experience.

How to Put Safety First When Riding Your ATV

1. Install an ATV winch. If you accidentally drive your ATV into a boggy mess, you want to be able to make sure you can safely pull it back out again without putting you or your riders in harm’s way. Install a winch that is the proper size for your ATV. You’ll be able to stand clear while the motor does all the work of getting your ATV back on solid terrain.
Snowplow in action

Clear a path with your ATV

2. Consider some training. If this is your first ATV or you think your teens might be driving it, consider taking an ATV training course. The course will only take a short time but the benefits you’ll get will last the lifetime of your ATV riding. You might also get a break on your insurance premiums by taking such a course from your ATV dealer or another authorized instructor.
3. Invest in bumpers and brushguards. Even though some people consider ATV bumpers and brushguards purely for looks, they operate as safety features as well. Bumpers help to absorb the shock should you experience impact. Brushguards help to protect your legs when you need to maneuver through tight areas.
4. Wear proper apparel. Wearing proper ATV riding apparel helps you to protect your skin if the ATV accidentally flips. Heavy boots, thick gloves and a helmet go a long way toward preventing lacerations, burns and head injury.
5. Avoid driving while impaired. Just like you wouldn’t jump in your car and go driving after having one too many beers, you should avoid driving your ATV while impaired by drinking or drugs. Even if you’re just planning to stay in your backyard, it’s not a good idea to operate a motor vehicle unless you’re clear headed and can make smart choices.
6. Be aware of your passengers. Though you may be comfortable on your ATV, your passengers may not. Make sure they know the basics of being an ATV passenger, such as their weight distribution when taking corners. Be aware of their presence. If they are getting nervous, slow down and make sure they’re okay to continue. A panicked passenger can spell trouble for both of you.
7. Announce your plans. Never take off on your ATV without telling people the general vicinity of where you’re planning to go, especially if it includes a trek across a frozen body of water. Always let someone know, either with a note or otherwise, your itinerary.
8. Carry a tool kit on board. Chances are you’ll never have to use it, but it’s a good idea to keep a few tools and survival gear on board, such as a flashlight, some rope, a bottle of water, a first aid kit, a granola bar or two, etc. If you have to spend the night somewhere unexpectedly, you’ll be more comfortable and able to take care of yourself. With some forethought, you’ll likely never have trouble ATVing.
For more safety tips or help choosing the proper winch for your ATV, contact us. Sources: http://www.promarkoffroad.com/

How to Buy an ATV Cover

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An all-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) is a rugged vehicle that takes folks into places that are not accessible by car. Used by hunters, campers and ATV riding enthusiasts, these owners keep their ATV in good condition and often buy an ATV cover for protection.

The cover’s design is such that it protects your ATV from animals, theft, rain, snow, and sun.

Following are some useful ideas to buy a cover for your ATV.

Heat

Your ATV works hard to get you into remote areas. This means that the area near the engine is hot when you arrive. The fabric in most covers melts when exposed to high temperatures, making it impossible for you to cover your ATV immediately. Look for a heat-resistant fabric. By doing this you will not have as long a wait before you cover your ATV and move on.

Material

In addition to a heat-resistant material, consider that ATV covers usually come in either nylon or vinyl. Each has their advantages and disadvantages.

Nylon vs Vinyl ATV Covers

Material

Benefits

Drawbacks

Nylon

Lightweight, protects against mildew and light

Degrades quickly in rain and UV light

Vinyl

Ideal for rainy weather

Heavier than nylon

Check the UV protection offered by the makers of the cover you are considering. The higher the rating, the greater the protection the material offers your vehicle.

Fit

The tighter your new ATV cover fits, the better protection it provides to your ATV. A tight fit prevents the cover from flapping in the wind and exposing parts of your ATV to the elements. Some ATV covers come with elastic ends that give a tighter fit. Elasticized covers are for smaller ATVs, if you have a larger ATV, you may not find a cover with elastic that fits.

ATV cover camouflage

Your ATV or UTV cover needs to be cleaned regularly for the best protection.

Measuring

Measuring your ATV is not hard. The first thing is to measure your ATV at its longest point – this is usually from the front tip of the front bumper to the back of the rear rack or hitch. The next step is to measure your ATV at its widest point – generally, this is across the back fender. Take into account any accessories such as a basket or an extension on your front or rear rack that add to dimensions – if you have items like this, measure from the outermost width of your machine. Finally, measure your ATV at its highest point from the ground.

When you select your cover, make sure it fits for your dimensions, some covers are tight, and you may have to order a cover slightly larger than your measurements. Also, some covers cannot fit ATVs with windshields. Be careful if you have a windshield that the cover you choose is the correct design for windshield ATVs.

Buying ATV Covers In Conclusion

Try to buy an ATV cover that is heat-resistant so you do not have to wait to cover your vehicle when you arrive at your destination.

  • Buy the tightest fitting ATV cover you can to give your ride the most protection.
  • If you have a small ATV, the cover you choose may have elastic ends for a tight fit.
  • When measuring your ATV for a cover take into account the accessories you have.
  • If your ATV has a windshield make sure the cover design you choose will fit.

Winching your Vehicle out of the Mud

Riding through a mud hole with the Arctic Cat 700
Whether you’re a hunter, fisherman or avid adventurer, if you do any type of activity that involves off-roading or venturing off into rough country, at some point or another you’re likely to get stuck in the mud. And it doesn’t matter if you’re in a four-wheel drive vehicle or ATV that’s designed for offroad situations, you can’t always get out of such situations without a little bit of help. That’s when an ATV winch comes in handy.
A winch is a piece of equipment that typically attaches to the front of a vehicle. It’s a mechanical instrument that winds wire around a drum, while keeping steady tension on the line. And if you’re caught in a tricky situation, where a tow truck can’t feasibly reach you safely, a winch may be the only thing that saves your vehicle from being permanently stuck in the mud. So just how exactly would you go about winching your vehicle out of the mud? Keep reading to find out.

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How To Winch Your ATV

  • Selection: Before you can rescue your own vehicle from the muddy abyss, you need to make sure that you have the right type of winch installed on the front or rear end of your vehicle. Electric winches are classified by Rated Line Pull, or RLP, ratings. Generally speaking, you should select a winch that has a RLP of between 1.25 and 1.5 times the weight of your vehicle. This ensures the RLP is great enough to not only pull the weight of the vehicle, but to also work against the resistance you’re sure to get when it is stuck in something. So know how much your vehicle weighs when fully loaded, don’t simply just go by curb weight. We recommend a winch with at least 75 feet of cable.
  •  Using it: So you’re stuck in the mud out in the backwoods. What’s the key to using a winch? The first step is to select a strong enough anchor. Simply put, if the anchor breaks as you’re winching you’re vehicle, you’re doomed. So choose a tree or a large boulder to use as the anchor. Then, for a single-line pull, run the clevis through the protector loops and lock it in with a pin. The winch should then be put into free spool, so wire rope can be pulled out of the drum. There’s a hook at the end of the wire rope which should now be put into the clevis. After this is done, slowly take up the slack and then power it into a full load. You can also administer a double-line pull which allows for some extra oomph in situations where the vehicle is really, truly stuck.
When you travel off the beaten path, you should prepare for the unexpected. And when the unexpected comes about, a winch can come in really handy for getting yourself out of sticky situations. Just make sure you know how to use the device and that you’re properly caring for it and maintaining it.