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Snowmobile Trailer SelectionMay 31st, 2016
Are you missing winter? Dreaming of when you can take your sled out again? Snowmobile TV, and our Ontario Sales Representative Paul put together an excellent video last winter outlining our snowmobile trailer selection including the new LR model. Check it out!
A low snow winter like we’ve seen in 2015-2016 means a lot of snowmobilers need a trailer to get their sleds to the snow. Here at Snowmobiler Television, we have a great partnership with Triton Trailers. And here is Paul McNichol with the stuff you need to know about trailering your sled.
Paul McNichol: Today when we were riding we saw the whole spectrum of 20 years of snowmobiling. We saw the open deck trailers with just a shield on it. We saw the clamshell style cover trailer which is a tilt and load. We saw the hybrid trailer with the drop down rear ramp door but still looks like a clam shell and we saw a V-nose enclosed and that has been the transition from the years of starting at the tilt trailers with the open deck all the way to everybody wants to become a V-nose enclosed tower.
I think the change is snowmobiles have gotten more expensive the components have got more expensive to repair. So you want to keep all that stuff as protected from the elements as you can. And then I think the other thing really is to do with people I mean we used to have pick-up trucks with wind down windows and rubber floor mats and now we have power everything and leather seats so we just demand more. Yea it’s funny to see that it used to be a make do whatever you had that you could use year-round was good to get your snowmobile where you needed to go and now it’s more specific to the sport. Most people that buy snowmobile trailers it’s specifically for the snowmobile and the snowmobile stay in it during the summer because that’s their storage shed.
You know here’s a funny thing and behind me here is a good example. So a lot of people want to stick with the mentality that your snowmobile is going down the road it should always face forward. In a V-nose enclosed if you actually drive in the front door and out the back door it is less work. You handle the sled less times getting it in position in the stagger load trailers. And it actually tows easier because of balance of the trailer is more centrally located over the axle taking tongue weight out of the tow vehicle and therefore it will actually tow easier and you will use a little less fuel.
Behind me here is our newest innovation called a Triton TC118-LR. What we did with this trailer is we took a trailer that we had made about eight years ago and we noticed that it was one of our hardest trailers to tow because of the suction on the back door we believe. So basically what we did is we dropped it down, put wheel wells in it and broke the suction. By doing that we’re on average 10% better in fuel economy with a 2015 Tahoe we actually saw a 17% increase in fuel economy. A lot of people are intimidated by the wheel wells in the trailer but as I’ve demonstrated they’re actually less obtrusive as going down a trail and driving over a lot of the obstacles on the trail and the advantages are that the ramp door angle is a lot less so therefore it is actually easier to drive in.
We came up with this concept based on we had this trailer cause people were asking for something easier to load than the clam shell trailers and the ramp doors seemed to be what they were looking for in the price range. A few years after we designed the first TC118 and then we designed a TC128 12 feet long 8 feet wide we brought out a TC167 which it was 16 feet 7 feet wide and you stagger loaded the snowmobiles much like you do in our PR series that we were showing earlier. It actually towed easier being a bigger trailer it towed easier than our TC118. So we went back and looked at TC118 and figured out how can we make it easier to tow. The wheel wells seemed to be the answer and now we have this new trailer that hit the market this year and being received very well by the public.
Narrator: When we were connecting the trailer this morning you had a couple tips, my favorite is the wiring.
Paul: Most people want to lock their trailer tongue when they’re going down the highway. I’ve never seen anybody get it stolen going down the highway. What I recommend put a pin through your coupler and when you go to latch that pin over with the safety put the wiring through that horseshoe shaped safety that keeps it up off the ground and will keep it from getting caught up with slush and being pulled out and then essentially dragging on the ground so it’s just a neater easier way to do it. One thing that Triton offers is what we stand for quality. So although we need maintenance we need less of it. Because we put the components in the trailer from the start that take less maintenance. So our wiring doesn’t have connectors in it that eliminates a lot of problems that you are going to see and that is why people probably don’t think of a trailer as needing maintenance because they don’t have as many problems with our product as the others.
I like how you mention that you made this design to make it easier for people to load their snowmobiles into, instead of using a clam shell design. My husband and I are looking for a new snowmobile trailer to help take out our new snowmobiles this winter. I really like the ramp door design you have on your trailer, so I’ll definitely be looking into it.
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