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Transporting or Towing Your Snowmobile

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.

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. Park the trailer on a flat, level surface. 

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

3. Before loading, always practice safe riding by wearing the required safety gear listed in your Owner’s Manual.

4. Next, safely drive your snowmobile onto the trailer. Do not transport the sled in a reverse direction on the trailer. Position the snowmobile with around 60 percent of the weight in the front of the trailer. 

5. Turn the engine off and remove the key (if applicable) to prevent loss during transport. 

6. Be sure the fuel cap and oil cap are secure and installed correctly.

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

8. Cover the snowmobile (if applicable). Use of a cover is recommended when transporting your vehicle on an open trailer or sled deck. View the full line of Polaris covers

9. Next, secure your snowmobile. Your snowmobile can be secured by using a ski lock bar (part number 2882961) and rear clamp (part number 2882962) in your trailer. View the full selection of Polaris trailering accessories.

10. Before securing the snowmobile to the trailer with tie down straps, inspect the straps for any wear or damage and replace if needed. Warning: Make sure you know the weight of your cargo and the safe working load limit (WLL) of your straps. The WLL is a measure of the maximum weight the strap can safely handle. The combined WLL of your straps must be greater than the weight of your cargo. 

11. Beginning at the front, attach the tie down straps to the designated tie down point. Then attach the straps to the trailer and adjust as necessary. 

12. Move to the rear of the vehicle and attach the tie down straps to the designated tie down points. Then attach the straps to the trailer and adjust as necessary.

13. Next, evenly tighten the tie down straps.

14. Then secure any extra length of the straps for transporting.

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

16. Finish by preparing your trailer for safe travel.

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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