10 Best All Terrain Wagons | March 2017
- black powder-coated steel frame
- 2 mesh pockets for drinks
- doesn't stand in place when folded
- protective fabric cover when stored
- comes fully assembled
- doesn't have brakes
- the frame is very sturdy
- fabric wipes clean easily
- not designed for riding
- large inflatable tires cushion bumps
- paint is non-toxic
- all-steel kingpin and tie rod hardware
- made with stain resistant material
- 120 lb weight capacity
- built-in beverage and snack basket
- 5-point safety harness is built in
- can be pushed like a stroller or pulled
- large wheels provide a smooth ride
- available in 4 color options
- has an extra long handle
- doesn't have a good turning radius
What Separates a Good All-Terrain Wagon From a Great One?
If you're interested in purchasing an all-terrain wagon, chances are you'll need something that won't rust, crack, splinter, or buckle. In most cases, this means buying a wagon with either a steel frame or a polyester lining (perhaps even both). Traditional wood, metal, and nylon are all acceptable so long as your needs are met, but polyester and steel are more durable, and these materials are weather-resistant, as well.
Storage capacity is a major selling point for any all-terrain wagon. You should have some idea of how much cargo - in terms of size and weight - you'll need a wagon to hold. Any average all-terrain wagon should be able to handle somewhere between 100-200 lbs. Any heavy-duty wagon should be able to handle even more.
An all-terrain wagon's wheels should be designed out of either polyurethane or rubber, and they should feature some type of tread. Certain models feature small wheels in the front and large wheels in the back. This is optimal for steering a wagon around corners, but it may also cause the front wheels to jam or stall in the event they're being drug across loose sand.
Collapsible wagons are preferable to stationary models in that they can be folded down to fit inside any equipment closet or trunk. You can also remove the majority of collapsible wagons' liners, thereby enabling you to toss that liner into the wash (upon confirming that it is machine-washable, of course).
Several Little-Known Uses For an All-Terrain Wagon
Certain people can get use out of their all-terrain wagons on a day-to-day basis. For those who can't, there are still ways to have that wagon serve as a utility, especially if it just happens to be taking up space.
If you coach a sports team, for example, you can use an all-terrain wagon to transport equipment from the locker room to the field. If you're a teacher, you can use an all-terrain wagon for outdoor projects, or picnics. If you're a fisherman, you can use an all-terrain wagon to carry bait, and tackle, and rods. If you live on a farm, you can use an all-terrain wagon for carting items between the main house and a nearby barn, or a garage.
If you're in the midst of a home-improvement project, you can use a wagon to hold your power tools, your paint, your carpentry supplies, and more. At the end of every night, all you need to do is place all of your items back in the wagon, then wheel that wagon off to one corner.
If you have children, you may want to purchase a wagon specifically for storing toys. Whenever your child is done playing, you can simply wheel the wagon over as a reminder to clean up the floor. If you own a dog, you can convert any wagon into a doggy bed, a toy chest, or a transport to the park. If you're into gardening, you can fill a wagon with potted plants, the lot of which you can occasionally move wherever you want.
A Brief History of The All-Terrain Wagon
The idea of a flat, four-wheeled manual transport has been around since the Ancient Aztecs. Much like the all-terrain wagons of today, these early transports were used for wheeling heavy loads from one area to another. Unlike today's wagons, these early transports were relegated almost entirely to manual labor. The idea of pulling a small child inside a wagon didn't come along until the beginning of the 20th Century.
Much of this transition was due to an Italian-American man named Antonio Pasin. Pasin, who named his first wagon The Liberty Coaster in honor of The Statue of Liberty, turned toy wagons into an industry throughout the Great Depression. This was due, in large part, to Pasin designing an entire line of shiny-looking wagons which he called his Radio Flyers. Radio Flyers became so popular that distributors could barely keep them on the shelves.
The popularity of Pasin's Radio Flyer led to hardware companies including Northern Tool, Lowe's, and Tractor Supply creating wagons of their own. These newer wagons were no longer resigned to functioning as children's toys. Manufacturers were designing wagons to be more durable, and they were marketing these newer wagons to the beach crowd, the gardening crowd, the construction crowd, and more.
Today, wagons continue to be used as everything from dog strollers to multi-purpose dollies. A lot of modern-day wagons have been uniquely designed, which may make shopping for an appropriate model more tedious, while choosing - and using - the correct model may prove more rewarding, as well.