I have a short bed Ford F350 Super Duty and long travel
UTVs that won't fit in the bed. Even if they would fit in the bed, I don't
like the rear tires riding on the tailgate.
I had seen snowmobile and ATV truck racks before, so hauling
a UTV on a rack above the bed didn't seem too crazy. I wanted the rack to
handle a UTV with a max width of 74". At that width, it would
be capable of handling an Arctic Cat Prowler with a +6" long travel kit.
And that should be plenty.
Bob over at Roggy Enterprises happens to be in my next of
the woods so I swung by to see what he thought. This is what we came
The deck size is 106" x 76" with a usable platform of 104"
long x 74" wide.
I had mine covered with Line-X instead of powder coat.
I installed a set of TorkLift Camper Tie Downs to the front of my truck.
These are frame mounted so you don't have to worry about the UTV rack moving
in your truck bed.
If you are looking to haul a UTV in the back of your
truck, I would suggest installing a set of air bags on your truck so
you can make sure the truck is level and the ride is firm. Air bags
are installed between the frame and the suspension and are designed
to maximize the safe load carrying capacity, stability and ride
quality of your truck.
Air Bag Helper Springs from Firestone
If you are going to use a rack in the bed of your
truck, make sure it is securely fastened. Once you put a UTV up on
top and hit a few bumps while turning, you will see why. I did
not trust relying on a few straps attached to the factory tie down
hooks. It is not that I worried about the straps breaking. It
was more that I did not trust the factory tie down hooks fastened to
the sheet metal in the bed.
People have been dealing with a similar problem with
slide in campers for years. The best solution I found was a
set of frame mounted tie downs. This not only gives you a solid
point to attach, but also moves the tie down location out to the
edge of the rack where it is most effective in controlling movement.