Snowmobile Trailer Tips
Snowmobile trailers come in a variety of styles and specifications. These 10 tips apply to all of them: Use a trailer with a tilt bed for easy loading and unloading
- Confirm your trailer’s weight capacity. Exceeding the weight capacity puts undue stress all components of the trailer.
- Ensure the ball hitch is latched properly (safety chains under the tongue, latched to towing vehicle’s frame).
- Check your spare tire. Is it in good condition and inflated to max psi.
- Inspect tires for damage, cracks or low tread. Tires over 5 years old are approaching the end of their intended life.
- Inflate tires to max psi, check with a tire gauge.
- Tighten loose lug nuts.
- Wheel bearings should be greased every 3000 miles
- Test all the lights. Left turn, right turn, brake, rear and license plate are all required by law.
- The snowmobiles should be secured to the trailer using a bar, with the rear ends secured by a ratchet-type load binder.
- Ideal load balance puts 60% of total load weight in front of trailer’s axle.
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Aluminum wheels are always a good choice. Note that salt and sand on the roads could increase risk knicks and dings in the wheel. Excessive salt on aluminum wheels will also eat away the clear coat.
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