FR8Star streamlines the process of finding drivers of all kinds, including those who specialize in ATV transport. FR8Star does this by offering shippers access to its network of reputable drivers with the right trucks for the job at hand.
Best Practices For Transporting ATVs
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are excellent for off-roading, and while there are ATVs or UTVs that are street legal in some states because they have headlights, seatbelts, and other required features, you wouldn’t necessarily want to drive them long distances on-road and add undue wear and tear.
Whether you’re an ATV owner looking to get your machine from point A to point B or a dealer shipping an ATV to a customer, hiring an experienced professional with the right trailer is key. Fortunately, FR8Star gives you access to an extensive network of qualified transport companies that can get your ATV where it needs to go safely and securely. The following considerations are good to keep in mind when choosing a transport company and preparing your ATV for shipping.
Choose The Right Transport Method
Because the majority of ATVs weigh less than 1,000 pounds, you won’t typically have to worry about oversize/overweight (OS/OW) permits, escorts, or any other extra details related to transporting larger loads. Instead, the main considerations are choosing an enclosed or open trailer.
Enclosed trailers are ideal for shipping higher-dollar items or loose loads that can’t be easily shipped on open trailers, but some ATVs may be worth $15,000 or more, so it’s certainly a viable option. The total shipping cost may be higher, but you trade that for the extra security of a locked, enclosed trailer and protection from the elements.
Open transport is also an excellent option because ATVs are built ruggedly to handle off-road driving and less-than-ideal weather conditions. Transport companies will secure the ATV to the flatbed, gooseneck, or other trailer type with straps or chains, and you can request to cover it with a tarp if rain or snow is possible en route.
Something else to keep in mind is that many ATVs are small enough that it may be possible to transport them along with other loads to share costs with other shippers. This may affect the time it takes for the ATV to reach its destination if there are stops along the way, but could prove more cost-effective in the long run.
Prepare Your ATV For Shipping
The process for getting your ATV ready for shipping is essentially the same as for any other vehicle. Inspect the ATV for any signs of damage (you might also want to take photos for reference later), check fluids and look for any leaks, check tire pressure and battery charge, and try to spot any issues that could negatively affect hauling. Remove any personal items in storage compartments or attached to the front or rear rack. Many transport companies also recommend having the gas tank only one-fourth full. The goal is to give the driver as much information as possible about the ATV and ensure a smoother transport process.
Let FR8Star Handle The Rest
When you’re ready to ship your ATV, use FR8Star to receive free hauling estimates from qualified transport companies in as little as 30 seconds. Enter all necessary information about your load, including accurate dimensions, and submit your request. Once you’ve received bids, you can compare transport companies based on cost, star rating, customer reviews, and other criteria and choose the right one for you.