I need to buy a snowmobile for winter access for my cabin. We are going to
start renting it out to winter snowmobilers, snowshoers, and winter
travelers. I will need to go in between rentals, and clean it, and prepare
The mile from the trailhead to the cabin is 2.5 miles, just along the steep
curvy road up to the cabin from the asphalt, and I'd be pulling a sled.
What are good brands and models of snow machines from the standpoint of
reliability, serviceability, and ease and cost of maintenance?
I know I don't need to say this, but I will anyway. ;-)
A Google search of 'snow mobile forums' turned up a huge number of
forums, some product specific, some just general chat forums. Have
you tied lurking in any of those forums to get a feel of the type of
chatter that goes on as a means to find one that feels right for you?
A few years ago I found a forum dedicated to outdoor power equipment
where I go for Snow Blower advice. No politics, no name calling. They
speak to rookies in friendly, rookie-appropriate language and don't
pass judgement on anybody else's opinions. It's a breath of fresh air
compared to a.h.r.
I'm sure there is a snow mobile forum with similar attributes that
might work for you.
I'm confused by your response. The forums I am referring to would be
frequented by actual owners and real people. Just like DIY'ers hang around
here, snowmobile forums would have snow mobile owners hanging around in
All of these (and many other forums) have general chat sections where
actual owners and real people discuss the world of snowmobiles.
Anything that can be had for $100, or even $500 is going to be WAY
more trouble than they are worth - and you will triple your investment
in a hurry making them dependable - generally speaking.
Anything that is half decent is worth $1000 anywhere it snows enough
to use it.
If someone suggested a specific brand of tool or product in this
newsgroup, would you post the same question in a snowmobile/cooking/
tax advice forum looking for actual owners and real people?
After all, there are shills in any forum. ;-)
Any ice fishing on that trout lake? Once you have your snow mobile -
and sled - you can tow a bob house out onto the lake and hang out with
Something like this wouldn't be so bad:
That's pretty luxurious. My neighbor has a 4x6 [or so] shanty that
folds up into a box that get towed behind his sled. The floor is
insulated & one side is clear for solar gain. [and it gets *hot* in
I might go 'fishing' with him if he had one like your link showed.<g>
On Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:02:43 -0600, " Attila Iskander"
Don't know about you, but i've been many places on a snowmobile that
NO 4wd road vehicle would ever manage. And those places WERE on road.
I've been places with a snowmobile that a SNOWMOBILE could hardly go -
still on-road. Then you look at all the OFF road places a snowmobile
can go. All 4wd does is get you farther from help.
Well, here in Manitoba, many of the natives living on the northern
reserves make money during the winter by trapping. The pelts of animals
caught in the winter are more valuable because animals grow a thicker
coat of fur in winter than they do in summer.
What I'd do is click on the "Contact Us" link on both of these two web
sites and explain that you're looking for a recommendation on a reliable
and easy-to-maintain snowmobile, and are wondering what's the most
popular snow machine amongst the natives in Northern Manitoba for
checking their trap lines in winter.
which sells Arctic Cat
'Northland Leisure - Home'
Which sells Polaris and Yamaha
Both of those businesses are located in The Pas, which is a fairly large
community in Northern Manitoba of about five thousand people. I expect
both of those businesses sell plenty of snowmobiles, and would know
which ones are most popular with natives because they're generally
regarded as the most reliable and easy to maintain.
Most people in Canada buy snowmobiles to go crazy on in winter. Native
trappers need reliable transportation because often their trap lines are
dozens of miles from anywhere, and in areas where there are more bears
per square mile than people. Having your snow mobile conk out on you
while you're out on your trap line is a life threatening situation.
(less so nowadays since natives have mobile phone service in northern
We use ATVs at work. We ride mainly in corn and soybean fields.
Our area recently had about 10" of snow. Even that was sufficient to
create enough drifting to cause problems for us.
I've gotten mine stuck about 3 or 4 times so far. It's just the ATV,
a few tools, and me. No trailer. The problem is an ATV can get high
centered in just a few inches of snow. Sometimes it will ride on a hard
drift then fall through when it gets to where the snow is softer.
We leave our 4 wheel drive pickups on the road. They would be much
harder to dig out, obviously.
Unless you have very deep pockets forget about trying to clear that
distance with a snow blower if you get any snows over about 6" deep.
I have an 11hp, 30" wide blower and it will take me a minimum of an
hour to clear my 100' long, 3 car wide driver of a 4-5"" snow. If it
has drifted itwill take a lot longer.
Plows maybe but you are still going to need a large commercial
machine to handle any significant snow fall.
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