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GENERAL Hauling and Towing Guide

Operating with a Load on the Vehicle
The weight of both cargo and vehicle occupants impacts vehicle operation and stability. For your safety and the safety of others, carefully consider how your vehicle is loaded and how to safely operate the vehicle. 

Never carry passengers in the cargo box. This could result in a fall from the vehicle or contact with moving components. A passenger must always be seated in a passenger seat with seat belt secured.

Driving with extra passengers or cargo requires extra precautions to be taken when operating your Polaris vehicle. 

Do not exceed vehicle weight capacities. Adhere to recommended tire pressure, gear selection and speed guidelines. 

VehicleMax. Cargo Box LoadMax. Weight Capacity
(12-inch wheelbase)
600 lb
(272 kg)
1030 lb
(467 kg)
GENERAL 4 1000600 lb
(272 kg)
1280 lb (580 kg)
GENERAL XP 1000600 lb
(272 kg)
1000 lb (454 kg)
GENERAL XP 4 1000600 lb
(272 kg)
1200 lb (544 kg)

Always follow these guidelines. 

Slow down, verify tire pressure and use extra caution while operating the vehicle under the following conditions: 

  • Passenger weight and/or cargo exceeds half the maximum weight capacity
  • Operating in rough terrain
  • Operating over obstacles
  • Climbing an incline
  • Towing

Hauling Cargo
Always follow these precautions when hauling cargo: 

  • Never exceed the maximum weight capacity of the vehicle. When determining the weight you are adding to the vehicle, include the weight of the operator, passengers, non-factory installed accessories, loads in the rack or box and the load on the trailer tongue. The combined weight of these items must not exceed the maximum weight capacity. 
  • Reduce speed and allow greater distances for braking when hauling cargo. 
  • Always load the cargo box with the load as far forward and as low as possible. 
  • When operating over rough or hilly terrain, reduce speed and cargo to maintain stable driving conditions. 
  • Always operate the vehicle with extreme care when hauling or towing loads. 
  • Slow down and drive in the lowest gear available. When transporting heavy loads and/or when towing, always operate the vehicle in low gear and have ADC activated (if equipped).

Secure all loads before operating. Unsecured loads can create unstable operating conditions, which could result in loss of control of the vehicle. 

  • Operate only with stable and safely arranged loads. When handling off-centered loads that cannot be centered, securely fasten the load and operate with extra caution. Always attach the tow load to the hitch point designated for your vehicle. 
  • Heavy loads can cause braking and control problems. Use extreme caution when applying brakes with a loaded vehicle. Avoid terrain or situations that may require backing downhill. 
  • Use extreme caution when operating with loads that extend over the rack sides. Stability and maneuverability may be adversely affected, causing vehicle rollover. 
  • Do not travel faster than the recommended speeds. Vehicle should never exceed 10 mph (16 km/h) while towing a load on a level grass surface. Vehicle speed should never exceed 5 mph (8 km/h) when towing loads in rough terrain, while cornering or while ascending or descending an incline.

Your GENERAL has been designed to carry or tow specific capacities. Always read and understand the load distribution warnings listed on the warning labels. The total load (operator, passengers, non-factory installed accessories, cargo and weight on hitch) must not exceed the maximum weight capacity of the vehicle. See the Safety chapter of your Owner’s Manual for details.

Warning: Driving with passengers in the cargo box can result in severe injury or death. Never allow passengers to ride in the cargo box. Passengers must always ride in the cab with seat belts fastened securely.

Towing Cargo
Towing improperly can alter vehicle handling and may cause loss of control or brake instability. Always follow these precautions when towing: 

1. Never load more than 150 lb (68.1 kg) tongue weight on the towing bracket. 

2. When transporting heavy loads and/or when towing, always operate the vehicle in low gear and have ADC activated (if equipped). 

3. Do not operate the vehicle faster than 10 mph (16 km/h) when towing. Towing a trailer increases braking distance. 

4. Do not tow more than the recommended weight for the vehicle. See the Specifications section of your Owner's Manual for towing values. 

5. Attach a trailer to the trailer hitch bracket only. Do not attach a trailer to any other location, which could result in loss of control of the vehicle. 

6. Avoid towing loads on an incline. If it’s unavoidable, choose the smallest incline available, operate with extreme caution and drive straight up or down the incline.
Note: To extend belt life, use low gear when hauling or towing heavy cargo. 

Dumping the Cargo Box

1. Select a level site to dump the cargo box. Do not attempt to dump or unload the vehicle while parked on an incline. 

2. Apply the brakes. Place the transmission in PARK and engage parking brake. 

3. Ensure that the cargo is positioned evenly or toward the front of the cargo box. 

4. Release the tailgate by pulling up on the tailgate latch.

Towing Your GENERAL 
Towing this vehicle is not recommended. Always transport the vehicle on a trailer or flatbed with all four wheels off the ground. See the Transporting the General section of your Owner’s Manual for details. 

If towing a disabled vehicle is unavoidable, place the disabled vehicle’s transmission in neutral. Tow the shortest distance possible. Do not operate faster than 10 mph (16 km/h).

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