The larger size of your average SxS as compared with an ATV generally means you’ll need to have a trailer to haul it around. The types of trailers available to transport your side by side varies. You can use either enclosed or open-air trailers. Enclosed trailers protect your UTV from the elements, including the airflow that can spell trouble for seats, roofs, and other potentially detachable features. However, some UTVs may be too large to fit into an enclosed trailer – the door might be too tight to sneak through, or you may not be able to get out of your SxS once you’ve pulled it into the trailer. This type of trailer also tends to run a little pricier than its open-air counterpart.
You’ll also want to use a trailer with adequate weight capacity and be sure it’s outfitted with the proper tires to be able to handle the load. Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to follow the “60/40” rule when it comes to loading your trailer: Arrange things so roughly 60 percent of the weight is situated in the front half of the trailer.
Different trailers may have different built-in tie-down attachment points. If those aren’t exactly what you need, you can also install D-rings or other attachments to expand your options.
A standard utility trailer may or may not be wide enough to accommodate your UTV. A car trailer is often the better bet. However, the best trailer to haul your UTV is one specifically designed for the purpose. Such models often have features such as foldable rear ramps and drop decks. (You can’t go wrong with our Polaris aluminum trailers – they’re specially constructed to transport our wide range of work and play machines.)
If you’re planning on towing multiple side-by-sides, or perhaps a side-by-side as well as ATVs or dirt bikes, you might want to go with a double-axle trailer.
When considering the SxS trailer’s width, you want to think about more than just the dimensions of the UTV (and any other cargo) you’ll be hauling in it: You also want to think about the width of the roads you’ll be taking to reach your destination. Some can be tighter than others, so it’s worth considering when picking out your trailer.
Follow the instructions in your owner’s manual for a given UTV’s recommended loading protocol. When you’re driving onto a trailer, use a slow, steady speed to maintain control and stability at all times.