What You Need to Know to Get Started Towing a Side-by-Side

Towing your toys to the trail is often a necessity, so what exactly do you need to get started?

This is a question answered by looking at sizes, weight and trailer options. First, the smallest trailer that will support a side-by-side is generally a 5×12-foot utility trailer, and from there, the sizes just grow.

The smallest side-by-sides measure just 50-inches, while the widest units these days stretch out to 72-inches wide, so be sure to plan accordingly with your trailer. Open trailers allow for any height of machine, while an enclosed trailer could be limited by height.

Next, you have to make sure your trailer has enough capacity for your machine. Side-by-sides range in weight from about 950 – 2000 pounds, depending on exactly what type of machine you bring home. Add in trailer weight, and the heaviest a single machine and trailer combo is likely to get is 3000 pounds. That makes a ton of vehicles available for tow rigs.

Every pickup and SUV on the market can handle that weight, while there are even many crossovers like the Toyota RAV4 that can tow that much. For a full list of tow vehicles and weight ratings you’ll have to watch the full video embedded above.