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Transporting or Towing Your Snowmobile

Trailering Your Snowmobile
Make sure to choose the right trailer for your needs. Use the Caliber® Trailer Configurator or view the full line of Polaris Trailers for more information. Always reach out to a trailering dealer or expert to ensure you have safe and operable equipment suitable for your trailering needs, as well as for help understanding how to properly secure cargo before hitting the road. 

Compare the weight of your snowmobile, accessories and gear with the load rating of the trailer. Make sure the trailer deck is large enough for your snowmobile. When choosing the correct trailer, it is important to consider the Gross Trailer Weight, which can be found on the trailer's Vehicle Identification Number label. The weight of the trailer and your snowmobile cannot exceed the Gross Trailer Weight. When trailering your snowmobile, make sure there is proper weight distribution. Generally speaking, 60 percent of the cargo weight should be loaded in the front half of the trailer, and the snowmobile should be centered left to right. Check your trailer's Owner's Manual for more information or talk to your dealer. 

Your Polaris Dealer or trailer retailer can help you find a trailer with the number of axles, style of ramp and other features that best suit you and your vehicle. To find a Polaris Dealer near you, use the Dealer Locator.

Ensure your trailer and tie down straps are properly rated for your sled weight. Always follow all warnings and precautions listed by the manufacturers. To load a trailer safely, follow these steps:

1. Begin by performing a quick inspection of your trailer to ensure it is clean and free of any major debris.

2. Always practice safe riding by wearing the required safety gear listed in your Owner’s Manual.

3. Safely drive your snowmobile onto the trailer. Do not transport the snowmobile in a reverse direction on the trailer.

4. Turn the engine off and remove the key to prevent loss during transport. 

5. Set the parking brake to ensure the sled does not roll. 

6. Step off the sled and ensure the seat is properly secured.

7. Ensure that the fuel cap is latched.

8. Inspect the side panels to ensure the panel latches are engaged and that the panels are secure.

9. Verify all accessories, if equipped, are properly secured.

10. Beginning at the front, place the ski clamp (part number 2882961) over both skis and align the deck hook with the trailer channel. View the full selection of Polaris trailering accessories.

11. Adjust the clamp and hook as needed and secure the clamp.

12. Secure the rear of the snowmobile to the trailer using either two tie-down straps on the rear bumper or a rear track clamp. 

13. Perform a final inspection to ensure all clamps and tie downs are tight and secure. 

14. Finish by preparing your trailer for safe travel.

Towing a Disabled Snowmobile
If your snowmobile becomes inoperable and must be towed, and it isn’t possible to use a rigid tow bar, attach the tow rope to the ski spindles — not the ski loops — to prevent damage to the steering components. Remove the drive belt before towing and have someone ride on the towed snowmobile to operate the brake and steering when necessary.

Do not use the front bumper to pull or drag the snowmobile. The front bumper is not designed for this type of use and may detach from the vehicle if force is applied. 

Note: Towing a disabled snowmobile with the drive belt in place can result in serious damage to the engine and drive system. Always remove the drive belt from a disabled snowmobile before towing.

Using Your Snowmobile to Tow
Only tow with snowmobiles designed for it. Not all Polaris snowmobiles are designed to tow. Consult your Owner’s Manual to learn more about your particular vehicle. Do not attempt to use the tow hitch until you've read the safety warnings in your Owner’s Manual and understand proper tow hitch functions.

When towing with an appropriate Polaris snowmobile, know that objects towed with a rope have no braking power and easily can collide with the rear of the snowmobile or other objects. This could result in serious injury or death. Do not tow toboggans, sleds, saucers or any type of vehicle with a rope. Only a stiff metal pole connecting the towed object and the tow hitch on the snowmobile should be used. If passengers are to be towed on a toboggan or sled, make sure the pole is at least 4 feet (1.2 meters) long to prevent any possibility of contact between the snowmobile’s track and a person riding in the towed object. Braking distance increases when towing loads. Slow down to maintain control of the snowmobile.

For Utility Models With Transmissions
Whenever towing, place the transmission in low gear. Towing in high gear can result in belt damage. When operating in low gear, vehicle speed will be limited to protect the drive train.

Towing improperly can alter vehicle handling and cause loss of control. Always reduce speed and allow greater distance for braking and turning when towing. When operating in low gear, never exceed 25 mph (40 km/h). Serious engine damage may occur.

If your snowmobile is disabled and being towed, make sure to place the transmission in neutral. Towing a disabled snowmobile with the transmission in gear can result in serious damage to the engine and drive system.

Using Ski Wheels to Transport Your Snowmobile
One way to make transporting your snowmobile easier is by using ski wheels. They make the snowmobile more maneuverable and protect your carbides from excessive wear on non-snow-covered surfaces.

Polaris offers Caliber® ski wheels (part number 2883853) that have a universal modular design that works with almost every ski.

For more information on transporting your snowmobile, listen to the Trailering Your Sled the Right Way episode of the Polaris Podcast.
For more maintenance tips, procedures and specifications, consult your Owner's Manual.
To find diagrams and replacement part numbers, view the online parts catalog.
To find a Polaris Dealer near you, use the Dealer Locator.

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