From time to time, we get quite a few demo machines that we end up storing for long periods of time. The only negative about rocking multiple machines is at some point, you inevitably run out of space. After many years of pushing, moving, sliding, and shoe-horning these ATV's and SxS's into every nook and cranny I could find, I had enough and decided I was going to build my own Mega ATV Storage Rack to help keep better organized.
After perusing the internet for what seemed like months in search of the perfect solution, I felt dejected and disgusted. There are solutions out there, but they're really expensive and they just didn't seem to fit my needs quite the way I wanted them to. I was walking through Sam's Club one day noticing row after row of heavy objects seemingly stacked to the ceiling when it hit me. Why hadn't I thought about using pallet racking before? So, I drove home and immediately started searching the web for any available in my area. There are plenty of places online that will sell you whatever pallet racking you want, but be prepared to pay top dollar at those sites. Plus, the shipping can be as much or more than the racking due to the long length and heavy weight. Instead, I decided to hop on Craigslist to see if I could find any pallet racking fairly local to me. To my surprise, in my town there happened to be a guy selling several truck loads of pallet racking that were used to hold fireworks in a fireworks factory. I thought it had to be too good to be true, so I arranged to go see the racking and assess the situation. Plus, I figured if they were strong enough to hold explosives, they had to be good enough for me!
As soon as I stopped to view the racking, I knew this was an amazing find. I worked out a deal with the guy and snagged myself two 11' long, 54" wide racks, with wire platforms for $250. The racks that I opted for were 13' tall. Since my garage only has 10' foot ceilings, I knew I'd have a little bit of chopping to do. A bit of time with a metal chop saw now gave me an 8' foot sections that I could use as a racking system in my garage, and 5' sections left over to use or resell.
Rather than put the 54" racks next to one another, I assembled them one in front of the other so that I would end up with a 108" deep solution and a width of 11'. When it came time to mount the second level, I positioned it at right about a 5' height, giving me enough room to roll machines underneath. To get the machines on top, I ordered a cheap 110v winch from Harbor Freight that I can plug right into the wall(rather than dealing with an inverter to convert the garage power to 12v) and fabricated a sliding bracket that would allow me to move the winch from side to side to get a better pull angle. Since I already have a set of sweet foldable ramps that came with my Diamondback truck cover, I simply use those as a way to get the ATV's up or down on the second level.
The load capacity for pallet racking is massive, as in the ability to hold several tons depending on the type of rack. I've had a Polaris Sportsman Highlifter and a Can Am Renegade XMr on top at the same time, which have to be two of the heaviest production ATV's on the planet due to the massive tires.
I have a multi-trickle charger setup rigged to the rack to keep all of the batteries healthy. I also integrated a way to hold the foldable Diamondback ramps onto the rack as well. In the future, I have some additional plans to add some inexpensive LED lighting to the rack which will make it both functional, as well as add some "bling" to the project.
With a total out of pocket for the racks and winch, I'm all in at just over $350! With a little bit of patience and a small investment of both time and cash, you too could own a rack that all your pals would love to have!