Golf Cart Frequently Asked Questions
How do I Haul my Golf Cart?
Hauling a standard golf cart for an individual owner can be done one of two ways.
- In the back of a full size pickup
- On a small trailer
Hauling on a Pickup Truck
Standard, unmodified golf carts measure slightly less than 8 feet long by 4 feet wide (regardless of make). A full size pickup (not the Rangers, Frontiers, Tacomas) has a bed that is 4 feet wide between the tire wells, so a golf cart will fit nicely.
If the full size pickup has an extended bed (long bed) it will measure 8 feet long with the tailgate closed, so again, the golf cart will fit nicely. Just drive it on, see instructions for loading below.
If the pickup is a standard bed, then you will need to leave the tailgate down and secure the cart solidly with heavy duty hauling straps. Since most of the weight on a golf cart is on the rear wheels, we recommend backing the cart into the truck bed to reduce the amount of weight on the tailgate.
How to load onto the truck
The best method for loading is with a pair of aluminum ramps made for this purpose. They are lightweight, will fit under the golf cart after loading, and they are arched to prevent bottoming out during the loading and unloading.
These are available in our parts department, item number 700626, price $150 per pair.
Without the ramps takes a little bit of work. If you are very careful and if you have the right terrain at both ends of your trip, it is possible to load by backing up to a ditch where the wheels of the truck drop down, and the tailgate in the down position will touch the ground.
Once loaded, we strongly recommend that you secure your cart with at least two nylon packing straps, ratcheted down tightly.
Hauling on a Trailer
There are many trailer options that will work for hauling a golf cart. Remember the dimensions of the cart, slightly less than 8 feet by 4 feet.
You can choose either a tilt down trailer, or a trailer with a fold down ramp.
The tilt down trailers are usually a little less expensive but also more difficult to use. You may have to back the golf cart onto this trailer in order to get enough weight past the pivot point, so the tilt will happen. A note of caution, if you have to add weight to make the tilt happen, be very careful about where you stand. When the tilt does happen, it will happen suddenly, and any hands or toes in the way will become victims!
The tailgate trailers cost a little more but don’t have the loading hazards like the tilt down trailers. If you are hauling for short distances, not on the interstate, then any wheel size trailer is acceptable. However, if you are traveling longer distances, especially on the interstates or highways with speeds at 70 mph, then we recommend automotive size wheels.
We strongly recommend securing your cart with at least two nylon packing straps, ratcheted down tightly.
Gas or Electric Golf Cart?
Gasoline powered golf carts are powered by traditional small gasoline engines with an oversized electric starter for frequent starting.
Electric golf carts are powered by a DC electric motor, supplied by 6 deep cycle batteries, and are normally sold with a special charger designed for the cart.
There are advantages and disadvantages of each, but before discussing those, these are considerations which will make your choice obvious.
- If your use of the cart requires continuous operation for over 2 hours, no stopping, then you need a gasoline powered cart. Electric carts are designed for 36 holes of golf between charges. This is about 12 miles with starting and stopping.
- If you plan to use the cart indoors extensively, then you need an electric cart. There is no effective way to eliminate the exhaust fumes from a gasoline powered cart.
- If there is a need for no noise, such as in hunting, then an electric cart would be your best bet. Gas carts do not make a lot of noise, but electric carts make no noise.
Gas Cart Advantages/Disadvantages
- Range up to 200 miles (before needing to refuel). This can differ significantly by make, so check the specs.
- No need for battery replacement, avoids a periodic $450-$600 cost.
- Maintenance is similar to other small engines, hence familiar to most.
- Performs better in very hilly environments.
- Holds value better than electric.
- Requires annual tune-ups.
- More expensive to buy used.
- Noisier than an electric car.
- Difficult to drive very slowly.
- Requires manual choking in cold weather.
Electric Cart Advantages/Disadvantags
- No gas to purchase on a regular basis.
- Silent running.
- Can be operated smoothly at any speed.
- Runs normally when cold.
- Doesn’t require an annual tune-up.
- No exhaust pollution.
- Costs less to buy used than gas carts.
- Requires regular checking and maintenance of battery water.
- Requires regular cleaning of corrosion on battery terminals.
- Limited range between recharging, about 12 miles.
- Periodically requires purchase of a new battery (every 2 to 6 years).
- May not perform well with heavy loads are up steep hills.
Gas or Electric Recommendations for Some Common Cart Uses
Campgrounds – either gas or electric
Lake Homes – Gas if adding read seat for steep hill use, or if you have teenagers who will drive the cart all day long. Otherwise either is suitable.
Indoor Facilities – Electric.
Elderly Use – Electric.
Hunting – Electric if noise is a concern. Gas if distance is a concern.
Neighborhood – Either one.