Key Items To Bring on Your ATV Journey
Emergency Supplies. A basic first aid kit is the minimum, however many first aid kits are geared
While ATV-related injuries are on the decline, many ATV accidents still occur every year. Avoid becoming a statistic and enjoy safe and fun riding by practicing these basic ATV safety precautions.
Get in Gear
Protective gear is a critical part of safe riding. Because many ATV accidents result in head injuries, helmets are a necessity. Be sure your helmet fits properly: it should feel snug and fasten securely. Additionally, goggles, gloves, boots, long-sleeved shirts and pants not only help protect your skin, but can also promote a more comfortable, stable ride.
Know Your ATV
Not all ATVs are created equally. Depending on the model, ATVs can differ in a variety of ways, such as brake variations; transmission, clutch and throttle types; occupancy requirements; and minimum age recommendations. Consult the vehicle’s manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure that you are in compliance with the guidelines. This also promotes optimal handling by familiarizing you with all switches and controls.
Maintain Your Machine
Routinely inspect your ATV to ensure that it’s road-worthy: brakes, tires, controls, shifters and lights and switches should all be in decent working condition; also check oil and fuel levels before each outing. A tool kit can be a lifesaver, while adding a winch and its accessories is another valuable safety measure — particularly when sticky situations arise.
Consider Your Surroundings
It is important to consider how your ATV handles in different situations — from inclement weather to hilly terrain. While ATVs are designed for a variety of environments, different situations demand different best practices. Following these not only benefits your personal safety, but also extends the lifespan of your vehicle.
ATVs can be unpredictable and hard to control on on paved roads; in fact, paved roads are a factor in a significant number of ATV accidents and fatalities. Refrain from driving your ATV on paved roads to avoid rollovers, crashes with cars and other threats.
Avoid Drugs and Alcohol
ATVs are not toys; they are motorized vehicles which move at extremely high speeds and require 100 percent of your full attention. Driving an ATV while impaired by drugs or alcohol can have disastrous consequences.
Go Back to School
One of the best ways to ensure best ATV safety practices is to take a hands-on safety training course. This can help you learn how to control your ATV in both typical and atypical conditions, as well as gain invaluable experience with the comprehensive range of off-road riding situations.
When it comes to preparation for a camping, hunting or fishing trip, we all know the essentials — items such as guns, fishing poles, tents and food. But there are other, less obvious items that are also important, especially if you’re headed off road.
Let’s look at four useful hunting, fishing and camping accessories for your next trip down the trail.
Space is usually at a premium when you’re preparing for a hunting or camping trip. You have to walk a fine line between having enough equipment and lugging too much stuff around. A good trail bag allows you to store your gear on the outside of your vehicle, freeing up much-needed room for extra equipment and supplies. It also doubles as a convenient receptacle for trash, allowing you to keep trails and hunting and camping grounds as clean as you found them.
If you’re riding to your favorite hunting or fishing place, a rugged and durable ATV cover is a must have item. A good cover provides protection from rain, snow and mud. It also helps keep your presence hidden when you’re ready to hunt. Camouflage covers are particularly helpful when it comes to stealthily concealing your vehicle.
Your favorite hunting or fishing spot might be as remote as they come, but it’s never a good idea to leave your vehicle behind without protection. A well-made ATV cable lock gives you added peace of mind, allowing you to relax and enjoy your trip without worrying about theft.
Bags and Coolers
For most ATV riders, a good rack bag is an absolute necessity. A good bag has enough space for tools, first-aid supplies and personal items. A great bag has all of that plus a cooler for food and beverages. You can ride with confidence, knowing you’ve got all your essential cargo at hand — plus enough food and drink to keep you going for hours.
Good preparation and the right equipment lays the groundwork for a successful hunting, fishing or camping trip. Consider these four items the next time you get ready to hit the trail.
As the most popular aftermarket Jeep part, the winch is a versatile tool that can save lives and property. Unexpected opportunities to assist other motorists and perform important work tasks will arise and you will be prepared. Consider these uses for your Jeep winch.
Prior to selecting the winch, the Jeep owner will want to determine the lifting capacity of each model. An appropriate size is required to complete each task without damaging the winch mechanism. The Jeep owner has many choices between powerful winches and accessories. Every need cannot be anticipated, but ownership of ATVs and snowmobiles require significant winch power.
When building an ATV winch accessories kit, it’s important to ensure that you have everything you’re going to need for emergencies and tough jobs. If you’re going out on a job, make sure that you don’t leave home without the following:
It’s easy to shred a pair of old gloves, and winching without protection is a great way to get cable splinters. Keep an extra pair of gloves on hand for yourself or an assistant.
Heavy Duty Flashlight
We prefer to work in the daytime, but you never know how long a job will take. Keep some lights on hand so you can get the task done no matter the time of day.
Extra Tow Chains, Hooks and Cables
A snapped cable can leave you waiting a day or longer to finish the job. Keeping spares on hand means never having to put it off until tomorrow.
First Aid Kit
No matter how careful we may be, accidents happen. Keep a first aid kit handy so that you’re prepared for whatever may come.
Emergency Cell Phone
A pre-paid cell phone means that even if the battery on your phone dies, you can still call for help if you need it.
Expect the unexpected. You can never be too prepared when it comes to towing and winching.
Determining the winch strength you need in order to deliver the results you want depends on several factors. For some guidelines on how to find the best winch for your needs, read on below for a few basics to keep in mind.
Line Pull Rating
Each winch is rated with a line pull rate. This figure is typically the capacity of the first layer of the winch strength cable that is located the closest to the drum. When figuring the rated weight of a winch, it is important to take the gross weight of your ATV – that is, the curb weight, plus any accessories or gear you might have installed on it, as well as your own weight – and multiply that figure by 1.5. This gives you the added winch pulling power you will likely need if you wind up bogged down in a mud pit somewhere.
Length of Line
While you might want lots of line so you can reach further, there are distinct disadvantages to having excessive amounts. For one thing, to get the most pull from the winch, you need to release lots of line. However, the more line you have played out, the more likely it can get jammed up in the winch mechanism or snarled as you are trying to use it. One solution is to purchase a winch with less line, but to carry extra that can be spliced to the winch with a eye splice while you are on the go.
Most winches are quick to offload, a feature that lets you quickly get to work freeing your ATV. The speed under which it works when loaded is another matter completely. Almost all winches will slow down significantly when pulling in a load. If having a quick load speed is important to you, remember that there will be a tradeoff in that it will require a great deal of electricity in order to reach greater speeds.
Winches come in two basic types of electric motors: series wound (SW) and permanent magnet (PM). SW winches are designed for heavier duty use, as well as the off roader, who is out in the field every weekend, expecting power and performance. For the person who goes off roading only occasionally or who is very careful with their winch, a PM model could be a good choice. Be aware, though, that these models tend to lose power when the temps dip. In addition, they deliver up to 15% fewer amps than SW winches.
When it comes to purchasing a winch, it is best to go with quality and pulling power over a cheaper version. If you go into the buying process with the thought that you will use the winch more than you planned, you can’t go wrong.
Nothing is more frustrating than heading out on a weekend off-roading adventure, for someone to end up stranded. Whether it’s you or your buddy that is hung up in mud or stuck in another sticky situation, you’ve got to be able to handle the issue yourself. Most of the fun places to off-road are very remote and getting help out to where you are can be difficult. Most commercial towing vehicles can’t get to these remote spots, and many people don’t have a buddy with heavy-duty equipment at the ready to perform a rescue. When you are off-roading, you may also not have an exact handle on your location, and a lot of GPS systems don’t work without a strong cell signal. You may also be far from cell towers, so you can’t call someone to come help you anyway. This is why it’s imperative that you have a good winch installed on your vehicle to help you out of a jam.
Having a good winch installed on your vehicle is imperative if you or your buddy gets in a tight spot and needs a hand getting loose. There are other benefits that come with having a winch handy when you are off the beaten path. Trees may fall and get in the way. Turning around and going home is definitely no fun, and you don’t want to damage your vehicle by trying to plow through an obstacle. Your winch can help you move these obstacles and move on with your adventure.
As with any piece of equipment that you add to your vehicle, proper planning is imperative. Don’t be influenced by price; a good winch is worth every penny that you’ll spend on the purchase and installation. Make sure you have the right size winch for your vehicle. A winch that can’t handle the full weight of your vehicle, plus any mud that is bogging it down isn’t worth much. You should also ensure that your winch is installed properly. And finally, familiarize yourself with the equipment before you head out, so you know how it works. This will help you avoid a bad situation that is only exacerbated by equipment damage or failure due to an operator that is unfamiliar with the equipment or improper installation.
If you are looking for a high-quality winch for your 4×4 vehicle, we have what you need. No matter the size, or application, ProMark Offroad has something to fit your needs. We’ve also got a wide variety of related accessories to help you have the most fun possible when you are out and about in your off-road vehicle. Check out our inventory online and order through our secure website. You can also give us a call, or use our online customer service feature to place an order or get assistance with your questions.
Waterproof ATV covers are essential for keeping your all-terrain vehicle safe from the harsh elements. Leaving your ATV unprotected from bad weather will likely lead to cosmetic and mechanical damage prematurely. It can also decrease the value since buyers are more likely to be attracted to ATVs that have been covered when not in use. The ATV cover you select should be waterproof in order to keep any moisture from seeping into the electrical components of the vehicle.
Use of the Waterproof ATV Cover
Your first consideration will be how you plan to use the waterproof ATV cover. If your ATV is kept in a shed or garage, you may not need a heavyweight cover. Instead, an ATV cover constructed from nylon can be utilized since the cover will not be consistently exposed to extreme heat or heavy rain. If you need your quad protected from rain, a vinyl cover is a more appropriate choice. Also, manufacturers have released lines of ATV covers specially treated to protect against moisture. For instance, the DuraShield Universal ATV Cover is constructed from heavy-duty poly with a Water-Tec coating to repel water from the surface of the material. Although it’s important for an ATV cover to be water-resistant, it should also have a ventilating system in place. Proper ventilation ensures moisture does not build up while the quad is covered and causes any long-term damage.
Sizing Waterproof ATV Covers
You need to cross-reference your ATV model with the waterproof cover you decide on. Many manufacturers release universal fit covers to accommodate as many of their customers as possible. However, you must still measure your ATV prior to purchase to confirm if the cover will fit your quad properly or not. Keep in mind that even if the manufacturer lists your ATV as a supported model, any extra accessories you’ve added or modifications made to the vehicle could affect the fit. For instance, an ATV windshield may force you to order a larger size cover than suggested by the manufacturer. A snug fit will optimize protection. ATV covers with elastic sewn into the hem can help keep the cover secured on the all terrain vehicle.
Waterproof ATV covers are an inexpensive way to increase the longevity of your quad. A durable cover that fits properly will likely last the lifetime of your vehicle.
Once you have chosen the winch that is right for you and you have properly installed it, you will want to turn your thoughts towards winch accessories. The winch is a handy, off-road addition to your vehicle especially if you will be spending time off road during the winter. The winter months provide some great opportunity for fun outdoor activity, but without the right tools and accessories, winter off-roading can actually be dangerous. There are a few items that will increase your enjoyment and ease of using your winch this winter as well has help keep you safe in the snow and ice.
Synthetic winch ropes are an important addition to your off roading tool box. Ropes have a great little tendency to just disappear or get misplaced. This is why it is important to have a good stock of winch ropes so that you do not get caught in a bad situation. Ropes and rope accessories come in a lot of different amounts and lengths. Our synthetic winch rope kits will help you make sure you have all of your winch rope needs met before you head out.
Winch Control Kits
There are a few different ways to activate and control your winch once it has been installed. One of the easiest ways to operate your new winch is with one of Pro Mark’s remote winch control kits. These kits allow you the ability to control your winch via remote up to 75’ away. Most of these remote kits include a wireless keychain remote that can go anywhere you can go. This is a winch accessory that not only makes off roading more convenient, but could in the case of an injury; also add to your chances of getting yourself out of a bad situation.
Winching tools are really a must if you plan to spend a good deal of time off roading this winter. Having the right tools at the right time can mean the difference between an awesome day off road, or getting stranded in the snow in the middle of winter. Pro Mark offers several complete winching tool kits that will include everything you need to keep your winch working properly. Many of these kits also include tree straps and snatch blocks which will complete your necessary winch accessories.
Winch covers are a nice addition because a good quality Neoprene cover will protect your newly installed winch from damaging rain, debris or moisture from snow and ice. These are all hazards when off roading in the winter. Keeping the winch protected and clean will ensure its functionality for many seasons to come.
Depending on your specific needs, Pro Mark offers several other products which will help keep your winch running smoothly and ensure that your off roading experiences this winter are both enjoyable and safe. Contactors, fairleads and line stoppers can all be purchased at Pro Mark. Our fast delivery and excellent customer service will have you off road before you know it, enjoying all that these icy winter months have to offer.