Getting The Right Trailer Setup For Your Polaris RZR
Jan 5th 2020
Single-Axle Vs. Double-Axle Polaris RZR Trailers
There are plenty of people out there with plenty of opinions about the best way to haul the Polaris RZR. Some argue that double-axle trailers are essential for hauling side-by-sides. These folks argue that single-axle trailers are more likely to have blown tires and flip over on the freeway. Which makes one ask themself, why take the risk? After all, 80 miles an hour on the interstate is quite unforgiving, so even if your single-axle trailer doesn't tip over or experience a flat tire, it can still swing side to side. Although these speed wobbles can be corrected by an experienced driver, they are particularly dangerous on icy or snow-covered roads. With a multi-axle UTV trailer, on the other hand, you not only have more stability, but you also have an extra tire there to help you reach your destination in the event of a flat. Furthermore, if you’re hauling more than just a single RZR, RZR Turbo, or RZR four-door -- or you plan on using your trailer for non-UTV related purposes -- tandem-axle trailers are a better choice.
Yes, a double-axle UTV trailer will pull your Razors, Rangers, or Mavericks better than a single-axle UTV trailer will, but many would agree that a single-axle trailer will pull just fine for lone RZRs -- or even a single RZR 4. Just make sure that you get a trailer with the axle set back as far as possible, as the more tongue weight you have with a single-axle trailer, the better it will track/pull. Dispersing more of the vehicle's 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 Polaris RZR trailer, you’ll be glad to have a single-axle trailer instead of 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 machine. If you're a properly prepared rider who came equipped with off-road sidewall plugs, patch kits, and tire sealants, you might be able to fix a flat trailer tire with one of those. But in many cases, a spare tire must be swapped in.
The type of RZR you own will also affect your trailer options. The RZR Turbo S 4 is 2,000 pounds bone stock. Factor in the weigh of the trailer and you might be close to exceeding its weight capacity (check the trailer weight sticker). The gross vehicle weight rating that the axle on many single-axle trailers can support is 3,500 pounds. So if you put a heavily-accessorized RZR S 4 Turbo onto a trailer with one axle, then add the weight of coolers, gear, and luggage, you might be approaching that 3,500 lb limit. On top of that, a good number of single-axle trailers don’t come with trailer brakes, which is precarious at best and disastrous at worst on slopes and 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-axle trailer, it might be prudent to get one that uses an axle rated to bear 5,200 pounds if the trailer is over seven feet wide.
New Vs. Used Polaris RZR Trailers
Choosing between a used or new trailer for your RZR is also something that deserves consideration. While new UTV trailers like the ones by Norco or Ramptek Trailers have great build quality, features like built-in ramps, and tow like an absolute 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 one. 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 with their locking aftermarket e-brakes when towing them. They reason that unless they get into a wreck, the bike isn't going anywhere. And if they do get into a crash, the UTV is going to get damaged regardless. We must say that this is an extremely irresponsible way of thinking about it. 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. If you brake hard or get into a slight fender bender momentum will throw your bike forward and into your pickup. Furthermore, If your RZR falls off the trailer and tumbles down the highway, the likelihood that it will kill or seriously injure someone is not small.
E-track systems, wheel chocks, and tire traps are the most popular ways to secure an RZR to a trailer, but other ways like using ratcheting tie-down straps can work as well. If it seems like the straps become loose every time you tie your machine down, make sure to pull one strap from front to back, and one strap from back to front. Pull horizontally, not vertically, because if you do the latter, your RZR's shocks will compress and allow the tie-downs to loosen when you ride over bumps. Further, if your RZR has Dynamix suspension, make sure that it is in "comfort mode" before you strap your rig down.