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Hey guys, have a weird question for some of you. I have a storage shed that I am housing my 2 atv's in. One is a Sportsman 300 the other is a magnum 330. They both fit in there, however I have to manually move the sportsman to the side once I drive it into the door. They both barely fit into the shed so I don't have a lot of room for movement. What I want to build is some sort of rolling platform that I can drive the ATV up on, then push the whole platform with atv on it over. Any suggestions or places I could look into for such a thing. I would love it if I could just go to lowes/home depot and buy what I need, but I have a feeling I'm going to need to go somewhere more industrial for my needs. But first I could use some suggestions on the build. Thanks in advance!
 

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Do you have to move the first atv completely once in?
I have a 12' wide x 18' deep shed, the problem is the width of the door size
to get 2 atv's in the shed side by side. I have a little over 5' when both doors
are open. Just enough to get my 60" plow in & out.

I drive the Scrambler 400 in first with pulling in on an angle
and getting the right front wheel almost parallel with the side, then I have
to slide the rear-end over to get the trail Boss 330 in. I don't have to move
the TB at all once in. The Scrammy is actually lighter in the rear-end to move
then the TB. I can back the TB right out, then slide the rear-end of the
Scrammy over then back the rest of the way out.

Depending on how your shed is done & finished, maybe you could make the
doorway larger from side to side. I wouldn't consider this on my shed as
it's finished in siding to match the house & has vinyl covered doors.
I couldn't make nice doors like the originals.

Another thought would be to just get an ATV jack, and use as a dolly.
I got this one from Sears (but I paid $89 in 2007), the handle is removable
so you can just push the atv on the jack over to the side and remove it to
get the next one in. Then you'd have it to work on your machines.
I haven't had any trouble with mine yet. I actually got it for my street bike
in `07. It's seen more use on the 3 atv's I gathered in the last year :)

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That's not a bad idea. I might think about that as a last resort. I just know that lifting and moving the sportsman in and out each week is going to catch up to my back. I have an idea in my head but I don't have any way of explaining it right now. I'll see what I can't come up with and hopefully it'll work. Trick will be finding something that can withstand the weight of the sportsman, which I belive is around 650# +/-15#. Great idea though, and thanks for the link.
 

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I know they make dollies for automobiles that would work. All you would need to add would be a track to run them in. That could be made from something like unistrut.
Just kinda throwing it out there.

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I have an idea in my head but I don't have any way of explaining it right now.
Yeah, I have an idea also but trying to make it in MS Paint to show is the problem.

I did a search for ATV Dolly and came across this guys idea.
I'm thinking you may need swivel casters though for more mobility.
Another thing that came to mind is keeping the platform still until you
drive the atv on it.

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One of my friends made a nice dolly to drive his Rincon up on. The then made a shelf system around it. When hes done playing he drive the quad on the platform, pushes the quad in the corner under the shelves and his quad is out of the way.
 

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Cabelas sells something.. like atv storage dolly
 

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I was thinking of iron "C" channels and dolly wheels to ride inside the channels. Then place 1" plywood on top of the dolly wheels. A small ramp up and it should be ok. Of course I would brace the plywood underneith for support. Later on, if I could find a metal base I'll switch it out. I like what that guy built, but probably won't fit my situation. I'll look into the cabela's dolly since I have one right down the street from me! Thanks for the help everyone!
 

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I know they make dollies for automobiles that would work. All you would need to add would be a track to run them in. That could be made from something like unistrut.
Just kinda throwing it out there.

CW
Harborfrieght has the dollies cheap or get the ATV jack then you have the best of both worlds a mover and work station
 

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They both barely fit into the shed so I don't have a lot of room for movement.
What I want to build is some sort of rolling platform that I can drive the ATV up on,
then push the whole platform with atv on it over.
I'm starting to understand why the jacks may not work now as I'm guessing
you have limited space between the 2 atv's once parked inside the shed.

I was thinking of iron "C" channels and dolly wheels to ride inside the channels.
Then place 1" plywood on top of the dolly wheels. A small ramp up and it should be ok.
So I take it your looking for a stationary track type platform that doesn't
need to move forward or backward then, just move L to R and vice versa.

I'm also guessing the platform must be minimal width so the tires of the atv
just fit on so when slid over you have room to get the second atv in.

Regarding the tracks, a concern I think that may arise is, as they would be stationary
(bolted to the floor) the second atv would be driving over them
then to be parked. Wouldn't this possibly cause a potential of dirt gathering
in them for the wheels of the platform to get jammed or bind?

For some reason I just keep going back to a jack dolly system. This way you
don't have anything on the floor or a big platform to have issues with.

Here's my latest idea (thought), get a center jack that wont have anything
sticking out from the side of the atv for parking the second one.

Something like this:
Baron Custom Accessories Scissor Lift - Cruiser Motorcycle - Motorcycle Superstore

Then make a better heavy duty dolly like this:
K&L Fat Jack Dolly - Cruiser Motorcycle - Motorcycle Superstore

If you have a welding friend or weld yourself, I think you could make the dolly
yourself with using larger swivel casters for easier mobility. You could also
make some extensions of some type for the jack itself to spread the weight
out more.

I don't know if you have a budget in mind for this project, but I guess
cheaper is better (duh). With the above you have a way to move your atv
for the parking issue without any thing sticking out from the side, plus a
usable jack stand for working on them.

For some reason this has been on my mind lately as I like discussing options
for DIY projects.
Just another thought (idea) to consider.
 
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