A UTV for Overlanding

Put your hand up if you know what a UTV is. Very good, go to the top of the class/useless, go and stand in the corner … delete as necessary.

The acronym UTV actually stands for Utility Task Vehicle, which doubtless is the American terminology for what we know in Europe as an ATV or All Terrain Vehicle – which covers trikes, quads and a range of covered workhorse-type all-wheel-drive 4×4 and 6×6 buggies.

That established, we can now start to explore the UTV phenomenon that has taken the States by storm, and will be the next big ‘off-road’ thing in Europe.

We at Europe 4×4 Mag were contacted recently by a guy based in America, somebody who’s been racing RZR’s for Polaris for a few years now, so definitely knows a thing or two about the subject. We will let Brit (yep, an interesting name for a Yank!!!) take over from here:-

The States is covered up with UTV’s. It has opened up off-roading to a lot of people who otherwise wouldn’t have had the means or the time to build a vehicle this capable off-road. I would love to see them adopted more globally. I believe Australia is adopting them fairly quickly. We have talked about running the Finke desert race there a few times. I haven’t done it yet, but it’s definitely on my bucket list.

I have always wanted to build a RZR specifically for expedition trips and extended camping trips. Polaris finally gave me the opportunity to do so and sponsored the vehicle in their build off competition.

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We custom built the back roof setup to add extra dry storage

I would like to hear what you guys think about the RZR as an expedition/sport machine. There are some obvious hurdles with making it street legal, but for some trips, that might not be an issue at all. Please let me know what you think.


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I used a ton of LED lights on it so we could still operate effectively at night

Brit - 3  Brit - 6

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I customised a Mig Apex Ultra trailer to haul the heavy cargo. It opens up to very comfortably sleep driver and passenger
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I also built a custom roof rack for the trailer. It is removable once you setup camp to serve as a camp table

If you guys have any questions or concerns, please let me know. I’m looking forward to hearing your feedback.


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Tom McGuigan


  1. smshogun@gmail.com'
    Assassin October 11, 2016 at 2:46 am -

    Here in the UK we don’t have the vast open spaces of the USA or Australia and their uses would be limited, if we factor in the registration of a road legal vehicle it could only be registered as a specialist vehicle or not be road legal.

    Our other problem is that for green laning our vehicles have to be road legal and registered as most of the green lanes are actually a part of what is termed the Highways Structure or in simple terms, a road.

    I do see their benefits as a cheap to run off road vehicle, but for the UK and other parts of the world a quad may be a much better option as these already come “Type Approved” and road legal and have the front and rear carriers to carry camping equipment and other necessities such as water and fuel in limited quantities, limited by weight often.