Snowmobile Trailer Tips

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An often overlooked aspect of snowmobiling is the condition and legal requirements of snowmobile trailers.

Hitching the Trailer Up

  • Trailers able to carry two sleds usually weigh less than 2,000 pounds (907 kg.) and require as a minimum a SAE Class I hitch and a 1-7/8″ or 2″ ball
  • Trailers capable of carrying four sleds are typically more than 2,000 pounds and require a Class II or III hitch with a 2″ ball

Securing the Trailer

  • All trailers must have safety chains or cables attached to the tow vehicle as a secondary attachment in case the primary ball hitch fails. (Two lengths of safety chains connected from the opposite sides of the trailer tongue to the towing vehicle and, when passing forward to the towing vehicle are crossed under the trailer tongue in such as manner that they cradle the trailer coupling and tongue in the event of separation of the coupling or ball.)

Lighting the Journey Ahead

  • Every trailer requires the following lights: tail lights, brake lights, turn signals, side markers (amber in front, red at rear)
  • If the trailer width exceeds 80″ (2.05 m) it also requires clearance lights (amber facing forward, red facing rear ward) and identification lights (three red in the centre rear of the trailer)

Braking Along the Way

  • Trailers weighing less than 2,000 pounds do not require trailer brakes
  • Brakes are required for trailers that weigh more than 2,000 pounds and exceed half the weight of the tow vehicle

Registering It for the Road

  • Every trailer must be registered and a licence plate attached to the rear

Extra Trailer Safety Tips…
Before you hit the road with your snowmobile trailing behind your vehicle, you should check the following:

  • Ensure your tire pressure is correct
  • Place your spare tire, tire iron and jack where they are easily accessible
  • Tie the straps and secure the rods and clamps holding the sled securely
  • Load the sled into the trailer properly. Most sleds loaded across the width of a trailer with skis attached will exceed your maximum width requirements and be unsafe for fellow road users
  • Secure your snowmobile to deter theft with padlocks on the hitch and alarms and locks on the sledsRecord the engine serial number of your sled in a safe, well lit place

Hook it up. Hitch it on.
Check your snowmobile trailer for safe travel before you head out.