Single-Axle Vs. Double-Axle UTV Trailers
There are plenty of opinions out there about which type of trailer is best for towing a Polaris RZR. Some argue that double-axle trailers are a must for hauling side-by-sides. They argue that that many single-axle trailers have blown tires and flipped on the freeway, so why even take the risk. After all, 80 mph on the highway is quite unforgiving, causing many single-axle trailers to sway back and forth. With a multi-axle trailer, you also have an extra tire to help get you to your destination in the event of a flat. Further, if you’re hauling multiple UTVs or plan on using your trailer for other purposes, a tandem-axle may prove to be the better choice.
Yes a double-axle UTV trailer will pull better than a single one, but many would agree that a single-axle trailer will pull just fine for an RZR or even an RZR 4. Just make sure that you get a trailer with the axle set back as far as you can, as the more tongue weight you have with a single-axle trailer the better it will track/pull. Dispersing more weight over the tongue of the trailer is advised as well, and if that means loading your RZR backwards, then so be it.
UTV trailers with only one axle are also much lighter, and therefore easier to move around by hand in your garage or driveway. If you often get in tight spaces and need to manually move your trailer, you’ll be glad to have a single-axle trailer as opposed to a double-axle one. And as far as blowouts go, we’ve known RZR owners who have had multiple blowouts at highway speeds without loosing control, but this might also depend on the truck you’re using to tow your RZR.
The type of RZR you have will also affect your trailer options. The RZR Turbo S 4 is 2,000 lbs alone. Not even counting the trailer weight, on that size you’re going to be well over 1,000 lbs (check the trailer weight sticker), that puts you at or very close to the gross vehicle weight rating of a single 3500 axle. Plus, many single-axle trailers don’t come with trailer brakes, which can be precarious on steep grades.
So yes, a single-axle trailer may be a bit more squirrelly, bouncy, and unstable than a double-axle trailer, but the placement of the axle is crucial. If you do go with a single, it might be prudent to go with one that uses a 5,200 lb rated axle if the trailer is over seven feet wide.
New Vs. Used UTV Trailers
Choosing between a used or new trailer for your RZR is also something that deserves a bit of consideration. While new UTV trailers like the ones by Norco or Ramptek Trailers have great build quality and two like a dream, cheaper used options might be appealing to some RZR owners. In places like Kentucky, used trailers are a dime a dozen and everybody has them. The situation is a bit different on the eastern side of the US, where the supply of quality used trailers is limited.
The Importance Of Properly Strapping Down Your RZR To Your Trailer
Riders that are new to the game might be fine with just putting their RZRs in park when towing them. After all, they might reason, unless they get into a wreck, it’s not going anywhere. And if they do get into a wreck, it’s going to be trashed regardless. We must say that this is extremely irresponsible. First of all, in most places, strapping your loads down is required by law. And it’s not just about the RZR getting trashed, it's about it coming off the trailer and through the back-glass of your truck in the event you rear-end someone. Furthermore, If your RZR falls off the trailer and tumbles down the highway the likelihood that it will kill someone is not small.
E-tracks and tire straps are the most popular way to secure an RZR to the trailer, but other ways can work as well. If it seems like every time you tie your machine down with straps it becomes loose, make sure to pull a strap from front to back and a second strap pulling back to front. Pull horizontally, not vertically. If you are strapping vertically, when you hit a bump, the shocks compress and allow it to loosen. Further, if your RZR has Dynamix suspension, make sure that it is comfort mode before you strap your machine down.