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12 Tips for Taking Your ATV or UTV on an Off-Road Camping Trip

Make adventure happen during National Camping Month this June and plan an outdoor trip with your ATV or UTV. Whether you’re exploring, going hunting and fishing, or hitting high speeds on the trails, camping is a great way to have extended fun with your off-road vehicle. Before you set out, plan your camping trip and make sure you have the right gear for the great outdoors. ATV Trader is sharing 12 tips for taking your ATV/UTV on an off-road camping trip.

Plan Ahead for Your ATV/UTV Camping Trip

Before you roll out on your camping trip, plan ahead and prepare well in advance so you’re ready. Here are several things to keep in mind.

1. Find a Camping Spot That Allows ATVs or UTVs

First, find out if the park, campground, and/or trails you want to visit actually allow you to ride your ATV or UTV. If your camping location requires reservations, reserve your spot well in advance, and make sure you have space for your vehicle. 

2. Know the Riding Route for ATVs/UTVs

Do research ahead of time and familiarize yourself with the riding route, conditions of the terrain, and campsite location. This will help you get an idea of how tough of a ride it will be, and ways you can have fun on your off-roader or side-by-side. With mountains, forests, rivers, dunes, and more, there are plenty of landscapes to explore on a camping trip.

3. Know the Campsite

Find out what amenities your campsite will have to offer. Will you have access to electricity or a power source? That’s especially important if you’re riding an electric off-roader. How about water or public restrooms? Does your campsite have a grill or a safe place that permits you to start a fire for cooking?

4. Bring a GPS or Map to Navigate with Your ATV or UTV

When you’re out riding in a remote location, you may not have cellphone reception or internet access to help you get around. Instead, you can navigate with a GPS specifically made for your vehicle, with a park and trail map as a backup.

5. Prepare for the Weather on Your ATV/UTV

Keep an eye on the weather forecast and whether there will be rain, lightning, mud, snow, ice, wind, hot or cold temperatures, or severe storms. This will help you get your vehicle ready, and give you a better idea of what gear you should pack for riding and camping out.

6. Share Your Camping Plans

For your safety, communicate with friends and family and share your ATV/UTV camping plans. Let them know where you’ll be taking your vehicle and the location of your campsite. Keep emergency contact information on hand, and share your itinerary if you plan to go hunting, fishing, or riding trails on your vehicle.

7. Pack the Right Gear for Your ATV/UTV Camping Trip

Prepare for different riding and camping conditions and pack according to the weather conditions. Use ratchet straps to tie things down, and consider using a towing trailer to carry camping supplies. When you’re packing up for your camping trip, pack light so it’s easier to move around on your ATV or UTV. Here are some things to pack for your trip.

  • Helmet with eye protection
  • Gloves
  • Boots and thick socks
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Layered clothing for cold weather
  • Tent with rain-fly or tarp
  • Sleeping bag
  • Camping lights
  • Chairs
  • Cooking supplies
  • Cutting tools
  • Canned or packaged meals and snacks
  • First-aid kit
  • Medications
  • Toiletries
  • Phone charger/plug-ins for portable devices

Get Your Vehicle Ready for Your ATV or UTV Camping Trip

Right before you take your trip, make sure your ATV or UTV is ready for riding and camping. Here are a few things to take care of before you set out.

8. Inspect Your ATV/UTV for Campground Riding

From tires and wheels to lights and oil, there are a number of things you want to double check before your trip. Conduct a pre-ride inspection to make sure your ATV or UTV is ready for the trails.

9. Make ATV or UTV Repairs Before Your Camping Trip

Check for any damaged or worn down parts on your ATV or UTV, and devote some time to maintenance in your home garage. Know the common reasons your ATV or UTV won’t start prior to your camping trip, so you can make repairs or replace parts before they become a problem.

10. Bring ATV/UTV Tools and Fuel Up for Riding

Bring a toolkit for your ATV or UTV in case you need to make repairs on the run, including a tire repair kit. Make sure your tank of gas is full and bring extra gasoline if you plan on riding far during your camping excursion.

Camping Out with Your ATV or UTV

When you’ve made it to your campsite and are ready to pitch your tent, make sure your ATV or UTV is situated for the night. Here are a couple things to keep in mind.

11. Park Your ATV/UTV at the Campsite

Find a spot away from your tent and park your ATV or UTV on a flat, even ground. As an extra safety measure, put wheel chocks behind your tires and keep them out of the mud. Always keep your vehicle away from an open fire.

12. Protect Your ATV/UTV While You Camp

Protect your off-roader from exposure to the elements. Cover your vehicle with a cover or tarp to protect it from rain, dew condensation, fallen branches, or other debris. Remove your keys from the ignition to keep your vehicle secure against theft.

Camping is one more great activity you can enjoy with your ATV or UTV. Remember to plan ahead, make sure your vehicle is ready, pack light, and take care of your off-roader while you spend time in the great outdoors. If you’re looking for your next new or used ATV or UTV, be sure to see all the nationwide listings on


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