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marcortez

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ATV quad in the truck bed
« on: November 24, 2017, 09:12:02 AM »
2006 2500 Dodge Ram short bed......six foot 4 inches long or seventy six inches

I want to carry a quad that is eighty two inches overall length.

The tailgate would need to be down.
Except it hits the Husky jack power head on the trailer when fully down.

What would be the best way to keep the truck tailgate propped up to clear the tongue jack head?

I have yet to turn the Husky jack sideways to allow for a couple of more inches in clearance.

If the above won't work....the tailgate will just have to be left behind......the quad rear tires will be well inside the bed with only slight overhang off the back end of the bed..about 8"

Update:......the holes do not line up on the Husky jack head unless turned into the plastic propane tank about 2"
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Re: ATV quad in the truck bed
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2017, 09:19:16 AM »
I think you will need a bigger truck. The trailer and the quad will probably put you over the weight limit for safe towing. Let's see the numbers for your truck, trailer and quad.
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Re: ATV quad in the truck bed
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2017, 09:48:30 AM »
Could you use a "C" clamp attached to the bed lip and attach the tail gate cable to the clamp.  On my truck, the tailgate cables can be easily detached/attached.
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Re: ATV quad in the truck bed
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2017, 09:53:06 AM »
I think you will need a bigger truck. The trailer and the quad will probably put you over the weight limit for safe towing. Let's see the numbers for your truck, trailer and quad.

677# wet weight for the quad
600# trailer tongue weight
2020# lb yellow sticker
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Re: ATV quad in the truck bed
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2017, 11:00:07 AM »
'600# trailer tongue weight' Is that wet or dry and what is the loaded weight of the trailer? I agree with Tom, you might be pushing the limits. Every so often the RCMP highway patrol goes on a blitz cracking down on overloaded non commercial trucks, they see two snowmobiles on a standard bed 1500 it's time to pull over and have a chat.

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Re: ATV quad in the truck bed
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2017, 11:05:22 AM »
'600# trailer tongue weight' Is that wet or dry and what is the loaded weight of the trailer? I agree with Tom, you might be pushing the limits. Every so often the RCMP highway patrol goes on a blitz cracking down on overloaded non commercial trucks, they see two snowmobiles on a standard bed 1500 it's time to pull over and have a chat.

Loaded weight CAT scale........5510#
Tongue 600#

600# tongue
667# quad
2020# yellow sticker
700#+ UNDER max


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Re: ATV quad in the truck bed
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2017, 12:02:26 PM »
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Re: ATV quad in the truck bed
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2017, 12:28:58 PM »
Take tailgate off and place under quad secure for travel and away you go!
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Re: ATV quad in the truck bed
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2017, 07:30:38 PM »
My first thought was the same as Tom, but you have been here long enough to know about weights.  The weight you quoted prove this.  Keep passenger and other cargo weight under  750# and you are golden.

I like that tailgate adjuster!
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Re: ATV quad in the truck bed
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2017, 08:26:53 PM »
My first thought was the same as Tom, but you have been here long enough to know about weights.  The weight you quoted prove this.  Keep passenger and other cargo weight under  750# and you are golden.

I like that tailgate adjuster!

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All they could say is "It should".....

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Re: ATV quad in the truck bed
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2017, 09:28:20 AM »
if the op has a cummins there will be no problem hauling the quad in the bed

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Re: ATV quad in the truck bed
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2017, 09:39:27 AM »
if the op has a cummins there will be no problem hauling the quad in the bed

Interesting!  I didn't know that a Cummings would stretch the truck bed.
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Re: ATV quad in the truck bed
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2017, 11:04:26 AM »
 ;D ;D That is funny. nibroc, the issue here is not power it is safe carrying capacity.

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Re: ATV quad in the truck bed
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2017, 12:51:10 PM »
I used to carry two quads and an XR350.  Stand the quad up on it's tail.

But it was a long bed.
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Re: ATV quad in the truck bed
« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2017, 01:43:02 PM »
How about building a ramp in the bed. It could start at the rear of the bed at the tailgate and go uphill to the top of the bed rail next to the cab. I wonder if that would be enough to be able to close the tailgate.
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Re: ATV quad in the truck bed
« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2017, 02:04:19 PM »
X2 Rene
I just talked with a guy who built metal ramps and winches it up. After it's in place he chains it down and closes the tailgate.

If it's only a small amount could you deflate the tires enough to close the gate? I carry a small quad with all four tires removed and stowed under a larger quad. Could you remove two tires?

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Re: ATV quad in the truck bed
« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2017, 05:10:17 PM »
X2 Rene
I just talked with a guy who built metal ramps and winches it up. After it's in place he chains it down and closes the tailgate.

If it's only a small amount could you deflate the tires enough to close the gate? I carry a small quad with all four tires removed and stowed under a larger quad. Could you remove two tires?

I am not sure just yet......have not bought this quad just yet.
The one I use now is a 72 overall length.....the front frame bars rest on the bed front with the rear tires about 3" inside the bed.
I can get the tailgate closed no problem.

The new quad is overall 82 inches. I don't know where the rear tires would sit right now but deflate some or remove could be an option

I suppose the easiest solution is to just leave the tailgate behind when I head out with the quad and trailer loaded up.
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Re: ATV quad in the truck bed
« Reply #18 on: November 27, 2017, 05:11:42 PM »
I used to carry two quads and an XR350.  Stand the quad up on it's tail.

But it was a long bed.

This quad weights 667#.....
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Re: ATV quad in the truck bed
« Reply #19 on: November 27, 2017, 05:24:17 PM »
I carry a small quad with all four tires removed and stowed under a larger quad. Could you remove two tires?
Wouldn't it then become a motorcycle?  ::)
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Re: ATV quad in the truck bed
« Reply #20 on: November 27, 2017, 11:10:16 PM »
This quad weights 667#.....

Hmmmmmm, that could be a bit of a problem.  Our quads were Suzuki Quadracers.  I think they weighed around 250.  I was pretty buff in those days and could pick one end up pretty easily.  But unless you can press 333.5# you probably shouldn't try.

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Re: ATV quad in the truck bed
« Reply #21 on: November 28, 2017, 11:17:30 AM »
Load it up and see where the tires set. If they are sitting on the bed of the truck, just remove the tailgate and go. I have to do this with my golf cart when I haul it. It it is just off of the bed I have seen some people remove the tailgate and put a 4x4 on the bumper for it to sit on. I have also seen people take the tailgate cable and put it around the tailgate latch pins to hold it in an angle.

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Re: ATV quad in the truck bed
« Reply #22 on: November 29, 2017, 04:46:25 AM »
I have also seen people take the tailgate cable and put it around the tailgate latch pins to hold it in an angle.

Yup, and I've replaced a ton of broken tailgate cables.  Ain't like the old days, when the tailgate straps were actual steel bars that would hold the entire weight of the cargo if you wanted them to.

If the quad extends past the end of the bed, use a couple of 2x8's a couple inches longer than the wheelbase in the bed of the truck.  Put the whole quad on the 2x8's, and the weight of the quad will hold everything in place.  Then you can just leave the tailgate home.
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Re: ATV quad in the truck bed
« Reply #23 on: December 02, 2017, 10:23:10 AM »
Take off the tailgate and put it in the cab or truck bed (wrapped to prevent scratching if you want).

As long as the rear wheels are on the truck bed and not hanging off, the overhang of the ATV body won't matter unless it too interferes with the turning radius with the trailer attached.

If you live in a jurisdiction that requires some type of tail/bed enclosure, get a tailgate net.