FR8Star streamlines the process of finding drivers of all kinds, including those who specialize in snowmobile transport. FR8Star does this by offering shippers access to its network of reputable drivers with the right trucks for the job at hand.
Best Practices For Transporting Snowmobiles
When you need to haul a snowmobile, it might be tempting to try loading it on to the back of a pickup, but this can create numerous problems. First, if the truck bed is “big enough” it is most likely just barely big enough, leaving little room for error as you are loading the vehicle. This risks damage to both the snowmobile and the truck. Your best bet is to use a trailer, ideally one that is designed specifically for hauling snowmobiles. A trailer not only provides ample space for the snowmobile, its ramp is not as steep as that of a truck, providing an appropriate incline for loading.
If you don’t have a trailer, or if you need to haul a snowmobile over a long distance and don’t want the hassle of all the logistics, FR8Star is here to help. FR8Star is free to use for anyone seeking to ship a snowmobile or just about any other type of equipment or vehicle. FR8Star gives you access to an entire network of qualified transport companies with the right expertise for your load.
Several types of trailers are appropriate for hauling snowmobiles, including some that are explicitly designed for the purpose.
Snowmobile trailers are the best option. These trailers have a V-shaped nose (or V-nose) with drive-on/drive-off ramps, and they are available in open or enclosed models. Some open models also have a snow/salt shield to protect the snowmobile from road spray during transport.
Flatbed trailers can also work, but you will want to be sure you have a ramp that can handle a snowmobile and attach firmly to the trailer. A sturdy steel ramp that offers grip for the track will last for years and lessen the risk of damage to the snowmobile during loading and unloading.
Preparing Your Snowmobile For Transport
To get your snowmobile ready for shipping, be sure to turn off the fuel valve and ensure the fuel cap and oil cap are both firmly in place. Snowmobiles should always be loaded front first, with the skis secured in place with snap pins and a cross bar to prevent shifting. Use strong, high-quality ratchet straps to hold the snowmobile in place, as ropes and other types of ties can be subject to fraying. If using an open trailer, cover the snowmobile to protect it from debris and salt spray. Check state regulations for any areas the snowmobile might pass through to ensure compliance with local rules and regulations.
Ship It With FR8Star
Once you have determined the preferred mode of transport and the snowmobile is prepared for the trip, you can rely on FR8Star to provide you with free hauling estimates, often in as little as 30 seconds. FR8Star’s network of transport companies have the expertise and the access to appropriate trailers and equipment to move your snowmobile. Plus, transport companies compete for your bid, which means you can compare and choose the right option for your gear and your budget.