There’s a long list of reasons why you might need to carry a side by side (or ATV for that matter) in a truck bed. Whether the four-wheeler is broken or you just don’t want to ride it on public roads, putting in a pickup is the easiest to carry it. The question that remains is if your UTV model fits in the pickup or not.
Width is the problem when fitting Polaris Ranger ATVs in pickup trucks. In general, a standard truck bed has a width between 60 to 65 inches. Therefore, you can fit any Polaris Ranger ATV in a pickup truck as long as the width doesn’t exceed 65 inches. Here are the Polaris Ranger models that can easily fit in a pickup:
- Ranger 500 – 58 inches
- Ranger EV – 58 inches
- Ranger SP 570 – 56 inches
- Ranger SP 570 Premium – 56 inches
- Ranger 1000 – 62.5 inches;
- Ranger 1000 EPS – 62.5 inches;
- Ranger 1000 Premium – 62.5 inches;
- Ranger 570 Full-Size – 60 inches;
- Ranger XP 1000 Premium – 62.5 inches;
- Ranger XP Kinetic Ultimate – 62.5 inches;
- Ranger Crew 1000 – 62.5 inches;
- Ranger Crew 1000 Premium – 62.5 inches.
Sidenote: The average truck bed length is 6 feet 5 inches long, and you should also take it into consideration when trying to fit a UTV into a pickup.
Fitting a side by side in a pickup truck is no easy task. You need to know what you are doing in order to avoid possible damage to your truck or UTV. Here is where my guide to learning how to strap a four-wheeler to a pickup truck will come in useful.
Will a Polaris Ranger Fit in a Pickup?
Yes, a Polaris Ranger UTV will fit most pickup trucks. The key here is to make sure that the pickup truck’s bed is wide enough to fit the Polaris Ranger model. Considering that a standard truck bed’s width is 60 to 65 inches, you can fit all Polaris Ranger UTVs. In my opinion, the best thing you can do is to take a tape measurer and check the length and width of your truck bed before trying to fit the UTV on it.
Even though a Polaris Ranger side by side will fit in a truck bed, it will be tight. This YouTube video from “The Emporium Outdoors” shows how a Polaris Ranger 800 Midsize fits in a standard-size truck. As you can see in the video, it’s essential to use the right type of ramps in order to avoid accidents. Are you handy with wood and tools? If that is the case, you can try and build your own UTV ramps. I wrote a full guide that shows you how to do this in a step-by-step manner. However, you should invest in aluminum ramps because they are more durable.
Will a Polaris Ace Fit in a Truck Bed?
A Polaris Ace will fit in a truck bed without any problems. The UTV has an overall size of 90 x 48 x 68 inches (length x width x height) and therefore, it can fit all standard truck bed sizes. In addition, the Polaris Ace side by side weighs in at estimative 900 lbs. This means that you don’t have to spend too much money on reinforced ramps.
Before signing off, I want to advise everyone to measure the width and length of their pickup truck bed before buying a side by side. This is the best way to avoid dealing with the unpleasant surprise of not being able to carry your side by side in a pickup. I should also mention that if you plan to fit the UTV in an enclosed trailer, it’s not going to work very well. I wrote an article that explains the reason why side by sides don’t work with enclosed trailers.