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Backwards in a pickup?

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Why do I see so many people transport their quads facing backwards in the back of pickups? I even see it on the freeway (and in the rain too). I know it can't be good for the quad.

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Some people just march to the beat of a different drummer. I don't really see how putting a quad into a pickup backwards could be bad though, even in the rain.

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My friend does it because the front bumper will hit his window. When he backs it in he can put the back tires all the way forward and not hit his window.

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My friend does it because the front bumper will hit his window. When he backs it in he can put the back tires all the way forward and not hit his window.
That is the most common reason. Most Mags say load the other way and the best way is side load.

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My friend does it because the front bumper will hit his window. When he backs it in he can put the back tires all the way forward and not hit his window.

Good point, I didn't think about that.

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What NOT to do...

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awGRi1WsnMs]YouTube - Dude Fails Loading ATV Into Pickup[/ame]

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Thats's how I usually do it, I like to get really drunk first though, and I always like to have a friend with a sweet haircut there to help too.

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ya I can't see why highway driving or rain would be bad for a backwards facing quad, but I would agree that its for keeping it from hitting the window for the smaller trucks. my yfz doesnt have a bumper on it right now, so it fits in the back with the tailgate up (5.5ft bed) but the windows not really an issue, the silverado beds are high enough that unless you have a lifted quad theres no way it's hitting the window.

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Thats's how I usually do it, I like to get really drunk first though, and I always like to have a friend with a sweet haircut there to help too.

:yes:

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What NOT to do...

I have seen this all too often.

1. Improper ramps

2. Not securing the ramps to the vehicle, VERY IMPORTANT

Get a good set of ramps, with good traction surface on them; and always tie the off, or bolt or pin them to the vehicle.

I have used aluminum, wood, and steel, no problem. On some trailers I have had holes drilled in the ramps at the top, or a pin or bolt welded to the ramp to fit in a hole at the trailer edge. At least use a ratchet strap to securely hold that ramp to the trailer or truck.

No fun getting hurt loading.

out-there

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I dont load mine backwards, i have never even thought of it.. Its way easier to load it forwards anyway lol

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Yep pretty much haha, and sometimes we dont even bother with ramps so getting it in backwards would be practically impossible

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