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Old 08-29-2011, 07:08 PM
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So I have a Grizzly 660 that I will be going on a trip with this upcoming thursday and was wondering what everyone would recommend. I have two options:
1.) Load ATV Into the bed of truck and place gear in the back seats. (680 pounds in bed)
2.) Tow Atv in V-wedge econohauler trailer with total weight of 1530 pounds

What would everyone recommend? I am looking at which is less wear and tear.The rear of the truck sags more with ATV in bed opposed to the trailer that has a tongue weight of 190 pounds. I have a fairly level drive with one fairly steep hill. This will be my first time using my ram with anything in the bed or on the hitch. I know its a truck but I plan on keeping it for a long time and want to keep it in top shape. Thanks everyone

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either way would work
are you using a ball hitch on the bumper itself? not a good idea in my opinion
or do you have a hitch receiver just below the bumper? Class 3 minimum, Class 4 is for heavier towing. Check out this site for trailer towing options
http://www.etrailer.com/

If that steep hill starts out real quick, where the hitch can bottom out, take it at a angle. Which you likely know already.
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Im not using the bumper ball I have a class 4 hitch that got thrown in by the dealer as-well as the integrated trailer brake control. Still open to other suggestions and opinions. Also the Hill is a 20 percent grade that lasts about 2.4 kilometers/1.4 miles. Thanks

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How far is the trip and how long will you be out? If it's a longer trip or you'll be staying the entire weekend I would just take the trailer
Destination always plays a factor in my descescion, there is a place I ride that there is a single 40ft lane that's gated off to park, I get as many bikes Ito the bed as possible. I race a harescramble that less then a mile from my house but I go through the trouble of hooking up my friends 24" toy hauler just cause it's nice to hang out in through out the day
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The trip is about 200 kilometers and I will be staying from thursday until sunday. From the looks of it I think I'm just gonna go with the trailer since the ATV is stored inside it anyways, this way its just hitch up and go instead of messing around with ramps and running the risk of scuffing one of the fenders getting in and out of the truck. Thanks everyone

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Do you have the heavy duty springs in your truck? It seems kind of odd that 600# would cause it to sag in the back. My truck had 1,000# of bagged dirt in the box and didn't move more than 1/2" when loaded. I would just put in the bed and go.
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I have no idea what shocks I have. I have whatever one came with the Big Horn and Luxury group. I don't mean it sags a ton but its definitely more than with the trailer attached about 1/4 of an inch more.
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Use the trailer. You'll have better rearward visibility and less suspension droop, which can affect your steering and vehicle control.
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