When you think of towing, at least towing relating to your ATV or UTV, there’s two worlds that come to mind. The good side of towing, meaning you’re towing your ride to some sweet place to hit the trails, or perhaps towing something with your machine, like doing some work around the farm. Then there is the bad side of towing, meaning you either have to haul a buddy’s machine – or worse, your own – off the trail due to a mechanical issue or the embarrassing “stuck in the muck.” Any way you slice it, there’s a few towing essentials everyone should have with them.

Tow Strap

Tow Strap

No matter what you’re doing, a good, solid tow strap is a must-have tool. They are worth every penny if you need to be towed, or need to tow a friend. They also come in handy for other uses, even uses no one ever imagined. Years ago, a buddy had a tow strap that had his name embroidered onto it. He said it was so no one could walk off with his tow strap. It’s not surprising that on the next big group ride, his machine broke down. Not only did his fancy tow strap come in handy, it provided ammunition for the constant ribbing he gets from the rest of us that continues to this day. So get a good tow strap, just don’t get your name embroidered onto it. You’ll never, ever live it down. Shop for a tow strap right here.

Gloves

Mechanix Gloves

Regardless of the type of towing you’re doing, you’ve got to protect your hands. A good pair of gloves will not only help keep your hands safe, but also provide you with a little extra grip on things. You especially want gloves on when handling cables, like from a winch. If a shard of winch cable comes in contact with your hand, you’re going to end up bleeding. At least that’s what seems to happen with me. Shop for a good set of work gloves right here.

Soft Hooks

Soft Hooks

You would not believe how often I use these. Soft hooks work great for securing your machine when tying it down. They also work great for towing a machine back, anchoring a winch cable and more. They help keep parts of your machine looking good, as well as remaining unbroken. They also provide a secure mounting spot. Keep a few extra sets on hand. Trust me. Shop for a set off soft hooks right here.

Hitch

Kolpin Hitch

Having a hitch on your machine does a couple of things. One, it lets you tow a trailer should that be part of your ATV/UTV usage. It also serves as a tow point should you need to tow someone out, or should you need to be pulled out yourself. Find the right kind of hitch for your ride and either leave it mounted, or have it somewhere close at hand should the need arise. Shop for an ATV or UTV hitch right here.

Tie Downs

Tie Down Ratchet Straps

Tie downs are much like zip ties and duct tape – you can do a lot more with them than they were originally intended for. Do yourself a favor and get decent tie downs, too. Those dollar store bargains are ok for your wallet, but when they rust or, lock up and break, well it wasn’t such a great deal. Good tie downs have been used to secure a ride to a trailer. They’ve also been used as tow straps and to secure a trailer to a truck when a part broke. I don’t want to tell you why I know that. Just know I know and trust me. Get some good tie downs. Shop for a set of tie downs right here.

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