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Exploring the Versatility of Dump Bed UTVs

A Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) is one of the best options for anyone who wants to take their traveling off-road. It may be the perfect choice for a weekend outing or exploring the local paths. It can also be used as a vehicle to get around on your property whenever you need to handle tasks requiring storage and transport.


A UTV with a dump bed can be a huge asset, especially if you plan on moving things from one point to another. This Thumper Fab guide will discuss the important details about this type of UTV, along with a list of factors to consider before making that final purchase.

We’ll also take a look at some of the best models on the market since if you’re in the market for a UTV with a dump bed, it’s important to find one that suits your particular needs and preferences.

Ready to see what you can get out of this type of UTV? Let’s get started!

What’s a Dump Bed UTV Used For?


A dump bed UTV can handle a wide range of tasks. For that reason, it proves itself to be useful in both a recreational and work-related setting. The dump bed is good for transporting heavy loads across different types of terrains, both smooth and rugged. 

The rugged build and four-wheel drive capabilities make these UTVs a superior option. Often used on job sites for construction or agriculture, you can also use it for any of your projects you may be working on.

Tools, equipment, or materials of every shape and size can be carried on a dump bed. Whether it’s multiple 80-pound bags of cement for a construction project or piles of wood you’re transporting for a bonfire in the summer, you know that a UTV with this all-important feature will be the perfect fit.


The Current Best Dump Bed UTV Models


If you’re looking to purchase the best UTV with a dump bed, it’s important to find one that’ll fit your budget while addressing your needs and preferences. Here’s a brief list of some of the best models on the market at the moment:


Arctic Cat Prowler Pro EPS


With a bed capacity of 1000 pounds and 50 HP, this UTV is perfect for hauling around what you need from point A to point B. The bed is measured 40.5 x 54 x 11.5, which is a decent size if you need the space. This UTV can fit up to three passengers for all your recreational needs.

If you’re looking for something that can be put to good use in more ways than one, the Arctic Cat Prowler Pro EPS will certainly be the go-to option. The upgraded version also handles twice the amount of passengers at a slightly higher price.

Can-Am Defender 


The Can-Am Defender has a price tag of $3000 less than the Arctic Cat Prowler, with slightly more horsepower and smaller bed dimensions. Still, it can hold up to 1000 pounds in capacity (600 pounds for those who reside in California) and offers hydraulic power beds if you intend on carrying heavy loads. 

Either way, it’s a pretty good option for those wanting a dump bed UTV that doesn’t break the bank.


Honda Pioneer 520


For a cheaper option or someone wanting a side-by-side, the Pioneer 520 holds up to two passengers though with a bed capacity of 450 pounds. 

More useful for recreational purposes, this is a good option if you don’t plan on hauling too much around in your UTV.  Even so, it’s at least able to get the job done.


How to Maintain a Dump Bed UTV


As is the case with many other vehicles (both on-road and off-road) proper UTV maintenance is key. To keep it going for the long haul, you want to make sure you perform regular maintenance checks.

This includes (but isn’t limited to) checking and lubricating the moving parts, like the dump bed mechanism, and checking the tires, brakes, and suspension regularly to see if they’re in good shape for off-roading. As always, it’s important to regularly check the oil and air filters and replace them if and when needed.

For oil changes, it should be done every 200 engine hours, six months, or 2000 miles (whichever comes first). It’s important to keep track of what you can to stay on top of your maintenance duties.

The more you perform maintenance, the better. However, failure to maintain it regularly can lead to early failures.

Rather than purchasing a UTV every few years, it’s best to invest in your UTV’s necessary maintenance. If repairs need to be done, doing it as soon as possible to ensure your UTV stays in good shape pays off in the long run and can even ensure your UTV surpasses its average life expectancy. 


The Benefits of a Dump Bed UTV


Dump bed UTVs offer a range of benefits, including:

  • Quick and efficient unloading of materials: As previously mentioned, you can quickly and efficiently load, transport, and unload various materials, saving you plenty of time and effort. Plus, it’s a lot better than trying to hitch a trailer to an ATV or UTV that doesn’t have a dump bed.

  • Excellent versatility: What makes dump bed UTVs versatile? They’re great for transporting all kinds of items, from firewood to tools and so much more! They can also be used for recreational purposes. You can ride around with friends or family or use yours as a reliable work vehicle at home or a job site.

  • Easy off-road navigation: A UTV allows you to easily access remote areas and navigate through tight spaces, something a regular vehicle or even a standard ATV can’t do. As long as you’re properly operating the vehicle while wearing the proper safety equipment, you can take advantage of this benefit to the fullest.

  • Plenty of projects to do: Whether it’s gardening, construction, or something else, having a dump bed UTV can be put to good use. It can be essential for someone wanting to do DIY projects on their property or use it for commercial purposes, especially if you manage a contractor business or similar.


What Should I Consider When Buying a Dump Bed UTV?


If you’re searching for a UTV with a dump bed, it’s important to keep a few things in mind that’ll help you find the best option, including your needs, preferences, and budget. Let’s take a look at some other factors:


Dump Bed Capacity


The capacity of the dump bed will vary from one model to another. The larger the capacity, the better, however, a larger capacity will command a higher price point.

That’s why it’s important to factor in an additional consideration, which is what you plan on hauling regularly. If you’re planning on transporting heavy-duty items, a larger bed capacity and weight limit will be important, especially if you’re regularly using your UTV for construction or industrial purposes. Yet, such considerations won’t matter as much if you’re leaning towards more recreational use for your dump bed UTV. 


Ease of Operation


A UTV shouldn’t be a challenge to operate. It should be easy to use from the moment you turn on the ignition to the time you shut it off. The higher the ease of use rating the better.

So what defines ease of use? This includes steering, pedals for gas and brakes, and transmission. If you can navigate the corners, shift gears, and even buckle up without issue, these are excellent examples of an easy-to-operate UTV.




Of course, durability would be one of the most important UTV features. You want the parts to run smoothly, and you want them to take on all kinds of challenging terrain without breaking or falling apart.

At the same time, you also want your rugged UTV to be easy to maintain when the time comes. You want to make sure you can easily perform regular tasks like oil checks and lubrication of moving parts.

If a UTV can take a beating over and over again, you know it’s durable for the long haul, especially when the dump bed can take on rougher materials like cinder blocks and metal tools.


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Final Thoughts


If you’re looking for a UTV with a dump bed, you’re sure to find one that fits your budget while addressing your needs. When the time comes to upgrade, Thumper Fab has the parts you need to make your UTV look its best! We want to be your go-to for all the parts and accessories you’ll ever need to make your UTV look better than ever!

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