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post #21 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-14-2017, 08:52 AM
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I think I'd pass on that "Swisher receiver hitched one wheel wonder"...... and just get a good garden/utility cart (Polar, impact Implements or similar: Impact Implements ATV Trailer/Sled : Cabela's ) if I needed to haul a load. Or get a cheap harbor freight utility trailer (road worthy with leaf springs: 1090 lb. Capacity 40-1/2 in x 48 in Utility Trailer) and a deck and sides and be better off in the long run!!

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post #22 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-14-2017, 10:08 AM
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I'm lost on why you have to use the steep trail when you've got a serviceable driveway to get to the same spot? this is drive way work, is it not? and for that matter if you're moving that much concrete, I don't see how the truck is overkill?

And as stated, if the trailer is lifting the back, it needs to be set up differently.

But hey, it's your money. spend it where you will.

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post #23 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-15-2017, 06:48 PM
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I posted the pic of my garden trailer... you'll note I used a 2 foot extension that is on top of the tongue. What isn't pictured is my drop ball mount in the quad receiver. Perhaps you need to level your trailer out a bit more... I have had that trailer heaping full of dirt - a lot of weight... no problems.

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post #24 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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These are older screen shots but you can get an idea of what I'm dealing with.

The solar shed is above the home site and is a narrow very steep foot or ATV trail. I guess I'm having a bit of trouble conveying the scope of the access issues. The driveway is not the issue (other than maintenance) it is the site above the home that presents a challenge. We have a 3500 gallon water tank, solar shed, 2 strings of solar panels, a green house, rain water collection system and a future fish pond.

You can barely see the ATV trail in the photo but assure you it is there.

Adjusting the load or leveling will not even begin to address the issue.




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any way you can draw in where the trail is? is it possible to change the route of the trail to make it not as steep? you're definitely out in BFE, that's for sure.

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Other issues aside, that trailer just does not look robust with that one universal wheel. As the others, I have not seen anything like that in the past so I know almost nothing about it other than what your picture shows. My first instinct is that you may be inviting an off center issue where the torque of that trailer can create an unsafe situation. Think about how much the utility trailer affects you, and that has two wheels and pulls your back end up, imagine if it applied a twisting force in addition to or instead of.. Sorry that the solutions being discussed are not fitting your needs, and I don't have better to offer except to approach this one with a lot of caution. Best of luck on this one!


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post #27 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Not that it matters but yes I drew it in blue. You see once you get steep enough the trailer becomes a leaver on the hitch. My thought was that if I keep the load between the single wheel and the ATV I mitigate the cantilever effect created by the dual wheel trailer with the load split fore and aft of the axle. For the record the solar shed and water tank are 96' above the home site. The home site is 400' above the driveway entrance.

What really sucks is I have an ATV that does just fine. I wanted to add some farm and bucket implements but the Magnum 425 with a 200 watt charger and solid rear axle could not be adapted for that use/abuse. The sportsman 570 seemed like the perfect upgrade until I saw the rack limitations.


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take the right equipment and a couple of days and put a road in otherwise it will bite you how long you live there.
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where does the steep part really take effect? at the hard left, or the Right turn as you're going up?

Is it possible to extend the trail. say instead of making the right and going essentially straight up the hill, continue straight and then loop around to the back of the upper buildings? It's hard to see the true topography of the hill from the photo, so that may not be possible based on grade, and other terrain obstacles.

Just trying to come up with alternative options. because I don't think that that cart is really going to help you. you're right, in the fact that it will not lift up on the rear. but it will definitely push down on it with enough force to severly lighten the front end causing steering and traction issues.

If that doesn't work, you could always set up a cable lift to take materials up to the upper landing. lol.
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8" LED light bar on the front bumper.
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Badlands 2500 lbs. winch w/remote and Kong winch saver.
Full Aluminum Skid plate and A-arm guards(custom built)
Pure Polaris Front rack extension
Quadworks Stage 1 power kit
  • K&N Highflow reusable filter
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The problem is the county won't allow us to put in a permanent vehicle access road so we can't permit a road and I'm not paying a fine for putting one in! Short story is that the reality is that the new UN agenda 21 regulations about slope and cross slope prevent it. Hell If the 20 acre parcel I have owned since 1991 and the driveway had not been grandfathered in before the new slope laws I could not have even got a permit to build our retirement home!

Yes the steep part is the right turn. The existing trail is the best access and it is the least risk to exposure to roll over and such. It is far steeper with any other approach. I did use a block and tackle attached to a skid to transport the 12 345# each batteries to the top but that was a real PITA and took two days. I may have to just keep the Magnum for uses such as this. I just never expected this is all.

All this because Polaris saw fit to make their ATV less utilitarian and durable IMHO LOL.
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