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Polaris Sportsman 500 HO Owner's Manual: Towing Loads

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Hauling Cargo
Never exceed the weight capac-
ities specified for your ATV on
warning labels and in the speci-
fications section of this manual.
Cargo weight should be evenly
distributed (1/3 on the front
rack and 2/3 on the rear rack)
and mounted as low as possible.
When operating over rough or
hilly terrain, reduce speed and
cargo weight to maintain stable
driving conditions. Do not
obstruct the headlight beam
with cargo. Use low forward
gear when hauling or towing heavy cargo to extend belt life.

Towing Loads

Always attach a towed load to the hitch point. Remove the hitch from
the ATV when not towing a trailer. If towing a load, reduce rear rack
cargo weight by the amount of tongue weight.
• The combination of rear rack cargo weight and tongue weight must
not exceed the rear rack capacity.
• The total load (operator, accessories, cargo and weight on hitch) must
not exceed the maximum weight capacity of the vehicle.
NOTICE: Using an improper hitch or exceeding
the maximum tongue weight capacity
can result in serious damage to the
vehicle and will void your ATV
warranty. Never install a hitch longer
than 4" (10 cm). Never install
automotive accessories on your
Polaris ATV. Always install Polaris-
approved (or equivalent) accessories
designed for ATV use.
OPERATION
1/3
Maximum
4" (10 cm)
2/3
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