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post #1 of 59 Old 12-01-2018, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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Adding sides to trailer

Iíve got a single 10í Triton snowmobile trailer Iím contemplating adding sides and a closed in front to. Getting an new enclosed trailer is not in the budget and canít find a used 5x12 or 6x12. I really donít want a third trailer as I also have a 4 place Aluma. My question is do you think 4 foot sides is enough to keep the road crap off sled? I wonít be able to put cover on sled. This would be bolt-on as I use trailer for quad and boat.

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Those sides would keep the big slop from hitting directly. It is pretty tough to keep all the salt off even with sides that high. The swirling will hit the sled. It gets to be a mess if you put on many miles on wet roads.



Have you looked at the canvas SnoCap style trailer enclosures? They are removable and still cover the sleds. I have not used them myself. Hopefully, someone else can chime in with their experience.

We stopped to eat and noticed other riders coming in with snow jammed in their helmets, jackets and gloves. They had snow everywhere. We looked out the door and couldn't see across the street. Six inches of snow fell while we ate a few burgers. That was the start of a great ride.
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Favoritos, thanks for the idea. I googled them and saw one on a 10í Triton. Issue would be modifying it to fit where skis hang over lead edge a foot. Need the sled that far forward for tongue weight. Rear of sled still overhangs 6Ē. Itíll mostly be used for my Bearcat.

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if you ain't adding front shield, your wasting your time IMO on sides, all the road slop from tow vehicle alone will cover sled and ski's
buy a good cover is the better money spent here, one that covers ski's as well a sled!
or save up and look for a covered trailer,
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There would be a front shield. It would have to angle up under skis, then angle back up along hood for at least 4 feet from tip. I got to do a lot of thinking on this as a new 6x12 enclosed w/ramp door is 6 grand up here.

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I'd look for a decent used clam shell, many in my area are sold for about 1200-1500 bucks
have to think in a more snow belt area in CA they too can be had cheaper than a new inline or??

yrs ago, a buddy of mine had a 8x18 ft open deck trailer, and he wanted a an enclosed and didn;t want to BUY one, so he built a enclosure around it with sheets of ply wood
it sure kept sleds dry, but was like towing a parachute, had it I think 7 ft all on walls and WOW was it heavy with all that wood sides and roof of treated plywood
one yr with it and he couldn;t sell it fast enough and bought a real 8.5x20 ft aluminum trailer
I towed it a few times and it was far from a fun trailer to tow

I again would suggest looking for a 12 ft clam shell, there not perfect, but they sure do keep sleds cleaner and tow pretty well behind almost any truck with decent mirrors
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Iím still contemplating materials to use and not be too heavy and last. Aluminum framing would be good but I canít weld aluminum. Plywood walls are easy. Iíve read reviews on the sno caps and people have complained about towing a sail. Iím now leaning towards saving for an enclosed trailer with a decent used one coming up for sale.
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Didn't realize you were sticking the skis out the front.

I have made salt shields out of cheap treated plywood and steel. I tapered the front to fit skis like you show. Sure, the materials are not perfect. Didn't win any beauty contests either. They did what I intended though. I did not run with sides on the trailer. The salt shield did help a ton. Adding sides can't hurt.



I used one of those shields for about five years before selling the trailer. I did change out the bolts for SS after running a couple of seasons in slop.

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How about just putting a canvas cover on the machines. I had one for my Cat ATV's, but it always got borrowed, finally put it over my outside generator. If you do get covers, get ones made for trailering.

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best best is honestly saving up and buying a enclosed trailer, will make your life SO much easier and simpler and SO much cleaner on your sleds
I would shy away from a canvas trap or likes as wind will make it flap like mad and mark up your sleds, and or tear or come off, plus, as slush and water build on it , it can freeze in funny shapes and or again tear as you try to remove it
they make and sell GOOD sled covers that protect WAY better than a tarp will, not as cheap, but would be the next best bet to an enclosed trailer

even Clam shells are not perfect, many leak and tops can freeze to decks, , just so you know
I used to(still do) carry a small propane torch in my truck to help if needed, I carry it now mostly due to have had locks freeze on me and well, couldn;t open my handles on my enclosed trailer now LOL
NOTHING is perfect, but a enclosed trailer is a whole better option for hauling sleds than covers
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