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Trapping sleds #7953392
09/18/23 02:13 PM
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I need a sled to tow behind my snow machine. What do most people on here use? Last year I guess our local Costco had a deal on one of those pelican ones, anybody have any input? Here in N Idaho we get plenty of deep snow and Iím going to be towing through some tight and steep forest roads and trails. I have an old Ski Doo summit 550f and in the case of really deep powder an RMK 800 with a 163 inch track.

The area Iím currently trapping is about 20 miles in the backcountry. Looking forward to suggestions from people who know more than I do, which at this point is just about everyone.

Re: Trapping sleds [Re: LR5Ranger] #7953424
09/18/23 02:43 PM
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Either of these two are the best.
If You can find one in the states.

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The trapper or the snow tracker(33wx32hx76l)
Whatever you get,get one with a hard lid.

Last edited by Boco; 09/18/23 02:58 PM.

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Re: Trapping sleds [Re: LR5Ranger] #7953563
09/18/23 05:42 PM
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I bought this one off a retired trapper for cheap. Works great after I added some stuffÖ..wife fell off the skids.
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But in the next year or 2 Iím ordering the Trapper model thatís in Bocos post. A cover is nice cuz everything in the back will get covered in snow.
Itís in the FHA catalog.

Re: Trapping sleds [Re: Shakeyjake] #7953622
09/18/23 07:29 PM
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Those are nice! Iím looking for something to get me through a season or 2, I know itís buy once cry once but Iím not trying to drop that kind of $$ on a sled this year, after the rest of my startup cost. Iíve been looking at the Yukon Expedition sleds. Someday!

Re: Trapping sleds [Re: LR5Ranger] #7953624
09/18/23 07:32 PM
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Thats Canuck dollars,probably half that price in yankeeland.
Just get it on your credit card.


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Re: Trapping sleds [Re: LR5Ranger] #7953771
09/18/23 11:30 PM
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Whatís the looney doing these days with Justin Castro at the the helm?

1 CAD is .75 Biden Bucks.

Re: Trapping sleds [Re: LR5Ranger] #7953780
09/19/23 12:02 AM
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Re: Trapping sleds [Re: LR5Ranger] #7953781
09/19/23 01:22 AM
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Re: Trapping sleds [Re: LR5Ranger] #7953839
09/19/23 05:54 AM
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Something like that will be packed full of snow here in 10 minutes in the powder.
Be OK up north on the hardpack,but then a komatil is all you need up there.


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Re: Trapping sleds [Re: LR5Ranger] #7953875
09/19/23 06:48 AM
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I run an otter sled, but two things you need to do a)make or buy a cover. I am cheap, I went down to Harbor Freight and bought a cheap tarp and a bag full of grommets, folded it over to the right size, put grommets around it about every sixteen inches and ran a chunk of rubber rope around through the grommets. Viola, I had a cover for under ten bucks. I also took a scrap piece of aluminum and hinged it to cover the front two feet or so of sled where the bottom is sloped, behind that I carry my gear in totes, but I can throw smaller stuff I don't want in the totes under that aluminum flap and it keeps the tarp "soft cover" from bellying down and collecting the snow your snowmachine will be throwing up on it.
B)put some high wear runners on it. The blue ones that they sell will get you by if you are just running in deep snow, but I tend to go wherever I need to go, whether there is snow or not, and I could never get a winter out of them. I got some good UHMW from a local mill for free and cut into strips the width of the ribs on the bottom of the sled and almost an inch thick. Bolt those to the bottom of my sled and I get about five years out of them before I need to replace them. A heat gun, or at least having them in a nice warm shop by the woodstove makes it easier to bend strips that thick to follow the curve of the sled.

I've heard the pelicans are good, but I've never been around one. I've also heard several guys in Alaska claim the otter sleds are junk and will break when they hit trees in the cold. Their cold and our cold are different things, I've bounced my otters sleds off trees, stumps, rocks, gates, and anything else daily all winter and one of them I've owned for ten years. I've never broke one yet, and I'm pulling one every day all winter. I've ripped the bolts/pins that hold the tongue on out of them, broke the metal tongues, wore holes in the bottoms, flipped them, chewed holes in them by letting grapple drags ride loose in them; but never cracked or broke one by hitting stuff with it.

Re: Trapping sleds [Re: LR5Ranger] #7953886
09/19/23 06:58 AM
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The weather was about -10c in my pic. Those tool packs are full of snow and they freeze into a clump over night. A cover is almost a must.

Re: Trapping sleds [Re: LR5Ranger] #7953891
09/19/23 06:59 AM
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Most definitly a must if you are working the trapline out of the sleigh.
Pain in the arse digging in snow for stuff every stop.
If you are an under ice beaver production trapper make one of these.They are the best by far.High enough to stay free of snow,and perfect height for working out of and hold a ton of needed equipment-traps saws deepwater trapstands etc.

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Last edited by Boco; 09/19/23 07:04 AM.

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Re: Trapping sleds [Re: LR5Ranger] #7953898
09/19/23 07:06 AM
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The one problem I have also with not high sides or cover is snow filling the sled. A cover really a must for me.


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