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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.
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.
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
Lightweight, protects against mildew and light
Degrades quickly in rain and UV light
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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 a person thinks about a winch, they imagine the huge ones on the back of a tow truck that require expert people to install. So they will spend tons of money having a small winch installed on their ATV. Yet the fact is, an ATV winch is easy to install and will only take a few hours out of your day to install. Before you install the winch, you want to make sure you have all the equipment you need without running to your ATV shop for parts. First, you will need a mounting plate since most ATVs don’t have a spot to connect the winch to the frame. You may also need to get a new bumper since the mounting plate may not be able to attach to the stock bumper many ATVs sport.
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
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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.
- Lift the hard top – Jeeps equipped with a winch can transform the vehicle from covered to open-air without assistance. The winch can manage the weight of the hard top safely and quickly. Without the winch, a friend or family member would have to help the owner to lift the Jeep hard top.
- Clear heavy debris – Following high winds, trees and other debris can be moved to a safe location using the Jeep winch. With practice, the Jeep owner will learn to select the order in which each piece should be moved. Moving trees from the street near the house can be beneficial for access when emergency vehicles arrive.
- Remove stumps and shrubs – After soil removal, the remaining roots and stump of a shrub or tree can be removed using the winch. Axes and chainsaws will not be required. Heavy straps and chains can be attached to the stump before attaching the winch cable.
- Lift Jeep from mud – Off-road adventures require the ability to free the Jeep from precarious positions. Rain, snow and thawing conditions can cause the Jeep to become stuck. A winch can provide help when no one else is available.
- Assist other motorists – Arriving first on any scene requires preparedness for the unexpected. Jeep winch owners can remove obstacles and provide solutions before the authorities arrive at the scene. Pulling a vehicle from water can save lives and property.
- Position tarps – Handling large objects, such as tarps, is easier when the winch provides lifting and holding power. Jeep owners will find countless uses for the winch when camping or spending time with the family.
- Drag boats – A boat trailer can have mechanical problems once the boat is out of the water. The jeep winch provides lifting and pulling power according to the Jeep owner’s needs. The winch cable provides maneuverability for the boat owner who encounters a power problem near the dock.
- Perform mechanical tasks – Working on vehicles requires heavy lifting to secure vehicles, motors and tools. Certain major repairs require significant lifting force to complete. Winch owners can use the Jeep winch to work on a car in a safe manner without assistance.
- Clear roadway – Adventures in the back country require the ability to move large trees and rocks from the path. The Jeep winch is capable of moving large obstacles without assistance from other people.
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.