If you are considering an ATV camping trip then properly accessorizing your utility ATV will help make the trip more enjoyable. I have put together a list of what I believe to be the top ten ATV accessories for ATV camping.
ATV Luggage – helps keep your gear secure and organized. I recommend at least a good rear ATV bag or cargo box and some fender bags. There are small utility bags that can hang from the ATV racks that can easily be removed at the campsite.
ATV Fuel and Water Packs – When heading deep into the back country extra fuel and water is always a concern. ATV fuel and water packs are flat (3” thick) and are easily mounted on an ATV with specific pack mounts. I recommend a set of two gallon combo packs (2 gal gas & 2 gal water) mounted on the front rack.
On my last trip we did a lot of riding and I came close to running out of gas so for longer trips use a two gallon combo pack (2 gal gas & 2 gal gas) and a one gallon water pack (Bring a water filter for extra water from a stream or lake). The two gallon combo packs offer the flexibility to mix and match packs.
ATV Winch – With an ATV loaded with camping gear, an ATV winch ensures you and the others in your camping party make it over some of the obstacles and hills on your way to the campsite. An ATV winch is probably the most important accessory you can add to your ATV along with the necessary winch accessories. At least one ATV in your group should have a winch, the more the better.
Air Compressor & Tire Repair Kit – The back country has some very unforgiving terrain and your ATV tires are subjected to all sorts of abuse especially when loaded down with camping gear. Flat tires are just part of the territory and shouldn’t ruin your camping trip if you are prepared. Having a 12V portable air compressor and a tire repair kit makes trail side tire repairs a breeze.
ATV Tools – Accidents and breakdowns are very possible when riding ATVs. Have it happen in the back country miles away from your truck can be very concerning. By carrying a set of hand tools specific to your ATV and a little ingenuity you will be surprised what you can accomplish. I am amazed at the trail side repairs I have experienced and believe me I have had my fair share of accidents and breakdowns. A set of ATV tools can make the difference between continuing a ride or leaving your ATV beside the trail.
ATV Cover – You never know what the weather is going to do while ATV camping in the back country. During a rain storm an ATV cover will not only protect your ATV but also your helmet and other items you don’t want in your tent.
ATV Racks & Baskets – You may find your stock ATV racks just don’t cut it for carrying your camping gear and supplies. Adding some after market racks and baskets can solve your problem by giving you more space and make loading your gear very convenient. With this extra space you still need to make sure you do not exceed your ATVs load capacity.
ATV Rain Gear – This may be classified as an accessory for the rider and not the ATV but it is something you should always carry on your ATV. Getting caught in a rain storm on your ATV is miserable without rain gear. With rain gear, instead of looking for a tree to hide under you continue on your ride. I kind prefer riding in the rain because there is no dust and very fun as long as you are warm and dry.
Handheld GPS Unit – Navigating the back country with a GPS unit is the only way to go. Not only do you know where you are going but you also know where you have been. At least one person in your camping party should have a handheld gps, the more the better.
Good Set of Tires – I sorry but stock ATV tires suck on back country terrain. The tread is OK but the sidewalls are typically very prone cuts from rocks, branches and/or logs. Sidewall leaks are the most difficult to fix. Save the headaches, understanding ATV tires and wheels is important before you invest in a set of after market tires. My recommendation for good back country tires are the PitBull Rockers, Growlers or the infamous Maxxis BigHorns.