How Do You Put an ATV in a Truck Bed?

Putting an ATV in a truck bed is a great way to transport your ATV while keeping it secure and out of the elements. There are several methods to do this, depending on the size of your truck bed and the weight of your ATV.

Method 1: Cargo Tie Downs

This is a relatively simple method that works for most trucks with an 8-foot bed. It requires 4 cargo tie down points – two at the front and two at the back – and four ratchet straps.

First, place the ratchet straps around all four corners of your ATV. Then, attach each one to one of the cargo tie downs on your truck bed. Make sure you have plenty of slack in each strap so that you can tighten them securely without damaging your ATV.

Method 2: Ramp

This method requires a ramp or loading ramp which can be purchased from most auto parts stores. Place the ramp in your truck bed and secure it with either cargo tie downs or ratchet straps. Drive your ATV up the ramp until it is completely inside the truck bed, then secure it with cargo tie downs or ratchet straps to keep it from moving around during transit.

Method 3: Lift

If you have a pickup truck with a lift system built into it, then this is by far the easiest way to load an ATV into a truck bed. Just drive your ATV onto the lift and use either hydraulic or electric power to raise it up into the truck bed. Secure it with cargo tie downs or ratchet straps once it is in place.


No matter which method you use, make sure that you secure your ATV properly so that it does not move during transit. Remember to always follow safety protocols when working around heavy objects like an ATV, as well as when driving on public roads with an oversized load. With these tips in mind, you should have no problem putting an ATV in a truck bed!

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Karen Watkins