• Steven E. Overmyer

Tips for Camping with an ATV/UTV

There’s no better way to enjoy Mother Nature’s backyard than by going off the grid - well, somewhat. Camping can be as rugged as you want it to be, but there are some things you can bring along that make the experience much more convenient; particularly, your offroad vehicle. An ATV or UTV allows you to access and explore areas with rugged terrain quickly, giving you the chance to cover much more ground. Before you pack up and hit the trails for your next camping trip, though, you should be sure that you’re as prepared as possible.


A reliable navigation system for your ATV or UTV will absolutely come in handy a time or two while you’re camping. The whole point of your trip is to soak up the outdoors and explore new places, so of course, you’re going to be riding around unfamiliar territory; and, chances are, you’re not always going to know where you’re going. A GPS will save you from the embarrassing stories your friends are sure to tell about the time you got them lost in the woods.

Maintenance tools

You may think your offroad vehicle is in tiptop shape, but accidents happen, and it’s always best to expect the unexpected. When you’re packing for your trip, make sure you bring along some tools in case of a breakdown. You don’t have to bring everything from your toolbox; just be sure to include anything that will save you from being stranded. At the bare minimum, include duct tape, zip ties, vise grips, a tire repair kit, tow straps, and a winch.

Extra fuel

Do I really need to explain this one? As much as you might think, “I’d never be that guy that runs out of gas,” trust me - we’ve all been that guy at least once. Bring along some extra gas for your ATV or UTV just in case it happens.

Vehicle accessories

One of the coolest parts about owning an offroad vehicle is that manufacturers make tons of gear and accessories to accommodate different activities, camping included. For shelter, you can purchase a rooftop tent for your side-by-side, allowing you to sleep off of the ground and away from creepy crawlers. If you’re traveling with a group of friends and want to set the ambience while you’re relaxing by the fire, a speaker bar that attaches to your UTV is a great choice. LED light bars will also come in handy when the sun goes down, and for cooler weather, you can add a front window to your SxS.

Along with your basic camping necessities, these items allow you to utilize your ATV or UTV and make your trip a lot more fun. If you’re looking for somewhere to camp, check out Outdoor Powersports’ Crossbar Ranch in Davis, Oklahoma. With lots of rental options and 6,500 acres of rugged terrain and trails, this offroad park is the perfect spot for your next a

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