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1  General / Open Discussion / Re: Loading/unloading ATV from an unhooked trailer. on: January 31, 2018, 03:14:32 PM
Block/chock the wheels and block up the back end.  That's all you need, backs right off.  I've done it without blocking the back end.  Just go slow so the trailer goes back down slowly in the front.


I was trying to post a picture but it won't post.

Well, I placed 1 cinder block under each rear corner of the trailer, lowered the rear ramp, lowered the front trailer jack enough so that most of the weight is resting on the rear cinder blocks, put the atv in low & 4WD & I was able to successfully drive the ATV onto the trailer. I didn't even chock the tires & the trailer still did not move!

Now, this will not be the norm. I will be heading to Harbor Freight tonight for some wheel chocks (I will chock both wheels). The point is that it worked with just 2 blocks installed under the rear so I'm sure that with chocking the tires as well I won't have any issues.

FYI: It's a 5 x 8 trailer but it's heavy duty. It has 15" wheels, 3000 lb load capacity,  & a 3500 lb axle.
Custom made from a company in Davie, FL.

Thanks for the advice!  Grin
2  General / Open Discussion / Re: Loading/unloading ATV from an unhooked trailer. on: January 30, 2018, 06:30:57 PM
OK. Thank you TRIPOLAR!
3  General / Open Discussion / Loading/unloading ATV from an unhooked trailer. on: January 30, 2018, 05:11:11 PM
Hello Forum,

I keep my ATV parked and secured under my carport which has a concrete floor. The problem with this is that I have to hook up the trailer to my truck every time I want to unload and load the ATV from the trailer so the front wonít tip up.
I placed 2 cinder blocks under the rear of the trailer but I havenít attempted to drive the ATV off yet. I was thinking of placing 2 more cinder blocks up front so that most of the trailers weight (1600 lbs total with ATV) can be stabilized. This way I can safely drive the ATV on and off the trailer without having to hook it up to my truck.

Anyone here try this or have any better ideas?  

Should I use 4 cinder blocks or but 4 jack stands instead?

I appreciate your input, recommendations, or your own way of doing this.

Thanks!
4  General / Open Discussion / Riding in the Redlands. on: January 25, 2018, 10:33:41 PM
Hello forum and Happy New Year.

Has anyone here ridden their ATVs to Robert is Here fruitstand? If so, any issues with the police? I have a 2017 Polaris Sportsman 570 Touring 2Up so my wife and I ride it together on some Sundays. We have ridden to the Miami Brewing Company which is on sw 217 ave & 304 st. They have no issues with you parking your atv on their parking lot. We take 217 ave straight down from 248 st and have never had any issues. We take dirt roads whenever possible but  I can but we have to get on paved roads sometimes.

The Fruit stand is on sw 199 ave & 344 st so we definitely have to ride mostly on paved roads.

Just wondering if anyone here has ridden their atvs to there.

Thank you
5  General / Where to Ride? / Re: Lazy Springs this Saturday (04/22/17) on: June 24, 2017, 03:14:36 PM
Hello 4x4Driver,

I'll let you know when I go again so we can meet there. We like to meet other riders as well. I'll PM you when I go.
6  General / Where to Ride? / Lazy Springs this Saturday (04/22/17) on: April 17, 2017, 08:32:55 PM
Hello group,

My wife, sons, & myself will be at Lazy Springs this Saturday
to ride around in my ATV & my truck as well.

If anyone else here wants to meet there let me know. We're going early and staying for most of the day.

Hope to see you there.
7  General / Open Discussion / Re: BECOME A CONTRIBUTING MEMBER on: April 17, 2017, 07:02:04 PM
Just a reminder.... Grin

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8  General / Where to Ride? / Re: Newbie looking for places to ride in Miami-Dade County. on: April 07, 2017, 11:04:24 PM
I can ride this Sunday. Let me know if anyone here wants to meet up somewhere and ride
9  General / Where to Ride? / Re: Newbie looking for places to ride in Miami-Dade County. on: April 07, 2017, 08:57:37 AM
Hey all,
I will know by tonight if I will be able to ride this Sunday. Anyone available this SundY to ride?
10  General / Where to Ride? / Re: Newbie looking for places to ride in Miami-Dade County. on: April 06, 2017, 08:06:37 PM
The areas to ride down south are becoming more limited. New home construction and fencing off property. Far southwest, farming area still have some good places. Can ride to Robert Is Here and Gator Grill and all west of those places.


Awesome! I was actually looking at that "Robert is Here" place. I would love to ride there on my ATV.

The only issue would be parking my truck/trailer somewhere safe. If I could find a safe place to park then I'd be golden. I haven't been in that area since 1990 & I don't know of anywhere to park. If you have any suggestions I'd really appreciate it.

Thank you
11  General / Where to Ride? / Re: Newbie looking for places to ride in Miami-Dade County. on: March 28, 2017, 10:09:27 PM
I can help with where to ride, contact me

OK
12  General / Where to Ride? / Re: Newbie looking for places to ride in Miami-Dade County. on: March 21, 2017, 09:47:22 AM
Thanks for the info about 137 st. I saw it on Google Maps after I read your response. Also, I'll drive slow on the sidewalk. Hope you have a good time at the wedding and your party. Looking forward to joining you soon as well. Glad you got my PM as well.
13  General / Where to Ride? / Re: Newbie looking for places to ride in Miami-Dade County. on: March 20, 2017, 12:47:07 AM
First of all, I'm sorry to hear about your wifes rheumatoid arthritis. My wife has carpal tunnel syndrome in both of her hands but I'm sure the arthritis is more painful.

 Yep, it is Miami. I've lived in my house for 23 years and thankfully haven't had any issues here. We work fairly close to home as well but yeah, this place is getting pretty bad overall & WAY overcrowded. I always tell my wife that we will not grow old down here.

I saw the Publix you mentioned on Google Maps. WOW this place has grown. I worked at the Tire Kingdom on SW 137 ave & 136 st from 1998 to 2001 and I haven't been to this part of town in a while.

Well, parking there is better than in the field. I just hope there are no Tow Away signs there. In the fields there's a greater chance for vandalism but at the Shopping Center there "may" be a chance that my truck/trailer gets towed. Hopefully they don't stress that at this particular shopping center.

A friend of mine has a shop in those warehouses just south of SW 136 St. He told me that I could park my truck there & it should be secure. The problem there is that I would have to go north on SW 143 Crt, then ride on the sidewalk westbound to SW 157 Ave and then cross the street (norhtbound) to go onto the fields. I don't know if I will get in trouble with the police for riding on the sidewalk. I saw ATV's getting gas at the Texaco there and I asked if the police give them any issues. They said no.

I guess I'm gonna have to seriously consider my options. Publix or my friends shop. Have you ever ridden out to that gas station or the sidewalk on SW 136 St.?

As for your ATV, white is a nice color & EPS must be super easy! Sounds like an awesome toy there. That 2014 RZR 800 must be fun! 

My wife & I may ride out there next Sunday. I will let you know.
14  General / Where to Ride? / Re: Newbie looking for places to ride in Miami-Dade County. on: March 19, 2017, 12:55:58 PM
Hello again GK72Cane,
How far west did you go passed Krome?
15  General / Where to Ride? / Re: Newbie looking for places to ride in Miami-Dade County. on: March 19, 2017, 10:00:01 AM
Hello GK72Cane,

Thank you for that info! I bought mine in February. It is Sage Green. Nice to hear that you have the same vehicle as well. Very nice to hear that we can explore as far south as SW 184 St & cross Krome Ave towards the west as well. I actually thought about crossing Krome but was a bit concerned about venturing too far away from my Tacoma & trailer. Also, that was our 1st time out there in the ATV so I wasn't too familiar with the area. My plan was to stop at Country Fruit & Juices on SW 122 St & Krome. We did see ATV's crossing Krome so I assume the police aren't much of an issue there. I would definitely LOVE to explore more of that area.

From what you've seen is it safe to park your truck by the FPL building and ride around? With my truck/trailer parked safely I'll venture anywhere. I just ordered a rack for the rear & I have 2.5 gallon gas tanks so I have no worries about riding somewhat far but again, my trucks safety is a concern for us.

We want to go out there again and would love to ride out to more places.

My wife was even talking about (later on) taking our 2 sons (23 & 19) out there to see if they like it.

Good point about riding the Humps when it's dry. No corossion issues with those conditions.   

I will let you know the next time that we plan to go out there.  It would be nice for us to ride out there together.
16  General / Where to Ride? / Newbie looking for places to ride in Miami-Dade County. on: March 18, 2017, 10:49:32 AM
Hello,

I am new to this Forum & new to ATV's. I bought a 570 Polaris Sportsman Touring. I live in the City of  Miami near Coral Gables so definitely no places to ride around here. With my truck I have gone to Lazy Springs ( 9591 Florida 82, Felda, FL 33930 ) & Plantbamboo ( 27695 SW Martin Hwy, Okeechobee, FL 34974 ) & have ridden rented ATV's (twice) there as well. Nice places but it's a 2 hour drive to either place from my house. Not always wanting to drive 2 hours just to ride.

My wife & I rode in the fields that are west of tamiami Airport which have the following borders:
SW 112 ST (NORTH)
SW 152 ST (SOUTH)
SW 177 AVE (Krome Ave) (WEST)
SW 157 AVE (EAST)

We entered this area by driving west on SW 136 st until it becomes a dirt road and parked next to the one building that is there & has trees surrounding most of it. I also drove to the nearby gas station but I had to drive a few blocks on the sidewalk (which is wide) so hopefully no issues with the police there. I don't know what laws there are concerning driving on the sidewalk.

The area looks good & my wife & I had fun there but we'd like to know what other places are there to ride in down here.

I've been to the Homeastead Humps with my truck. I've gone in through Cards Sound Rd but that place is almost always flooded. Is there another entrance near the Homestead Speedway? If so is it ok to ride there?

When i purchased my ATV The dealership suggested that I NOT ride at the Humps because the water is brackish & the ATV will get rusted quick.

Anyone here have issues with that?


Basically, I just want to find places that my wife & I can ride down here & leave my truck/trailer parked safely.  It seems difficult to find that but I am new to this so maybe some of you folks here can guide me.

Thanks,
tac1
17  General / Group Rides & Events / Re: The Humps This Past Weekend. on: March 18, 2017, 06:42:57 AM
This past Sunday March 6th I went to the Humps ,after a nine year absence, wow this place still awesome , I shall look forward to see more riders out there , see ya all , let's have fun out there .

Sounds like you had fun! I've been out there a few times with my Tacoma. 2 months ago was my last visit there. I enterred through the 3rd entrance from Cardsound Rd. but someone (or the City) put boulders on the entrance so it was tough getting in. I wouldn't be able to go in while towing my ATV.

Which entrance did you go in through?

Were you able to leave your truck/trailer somewhere safe while you were riding?

I purchased my 570 Polaris Sportsman Touring last month & I was told to NOT ride at the Humps because the water there is brackish & will cause rust on the bike. Did it seem that way to you?

Thank you 
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