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Brian A:

--- Quote from: Arctic Addict on Jan 12, 2021, 06:40 PM ---Anyone using the Caliber edge transition to span the gap between the door and the floor?  Looking for comments if you have used it or another product like it.

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I just put in the Edge guide II if thats what you are asking about. They work great, very high quality like all Caliber stuff

I went a cheap route. Used an old track from a dealer's dumpster, and engineered decking for carbide guides.

I just finished the internal setup on my new 7' X 12' enclosed Ice Gear hauler. To protect the floor where the Snowdog with screw studs goes I bought a thick rubber Horse Stall mat at Tractor Supply, 4' X 6' and cut it in half. I will be painting/sealing the floor when the warm temps get here this spring. My large Otter Pro Resort flip fits on the bottom and the top fits the 2 man Clam Nanook for when I go alone or with one buddy. I could easily fit another 2 man flip up front through the side door along with lots of other gear if we go in a group. I hooked up an exterior to interior 120 outlet for the battery tender and a light while it is parked. Still a work in progress and open to any advice as this replaces an older snowmobile Clamshell that I hated.

I just got an enclosed trailer. A new Forest River Lightning Hybrid trailer. I had to buy it quicker than I liked because I bought a snowmobile on a road trip and had to haul it home. I thought I should share my impressions so far and maybe others have more to add for those still looking.

The good:
It is 13 feet long, and can take 2 huge sleds. It is over 8 feet wide inside, and about 5.5 feet tall, so no problems with high windscreens. All aluminum, and it looks great. There is an unloading light in back, and a light in front to address putting on the ski clamps. It has radial tires on 12 inch aluminum rims, along with a spare in a carrier inside the box. It has full ski guides and track mats. Since the 3 sleds are side by side, either can be removed separately. I had an open trailer, so now no more taking off/putting on slushy frozen covers on the sleds. Also, my tilt trailer was a little tough to load solo, since if the balance was not just right, it would either stay up or down when you needed it to tip. This has nice, long ramp/door with guides and traction mats. The empty trailer is pretty light- just over 1000 lb, so moving it around is no problem for my smaller ATV.

The bad:
It is 13 feet long, and I have older, short sleds. The tie downs only work in the very front, so I have more tongue weight than I need when loaded. I will put some gear in the back of the sleds to compensate. At 5.5 feet tall, you can almost stand, so are wacking your head every time you forget. It is so wide you need mirror extensions to have any idea what is behind you. I worry that the aluminum rims will corrode with the magnesium chlorite we use on the roads in winter, like any other, and the trailer frame will be attacked as well. The thing tows like a brick- My mileage went from 17 down to 9 on the interstate. It is wider and higher than I appreciated when I bought it. The door is less than 8 feet wide, so a 4 foot wide sled has to load with the inside ski over center, then angle back out to the wall, which does not happen naturally with grooved ski guides. It barely fits in my pole shed- 10X10s on 10' centers have just over 9' clear to back it through.

I was trying to buy a Triton TC167, which has a 7 foot wide 16 foot long box. The wheels are outside the box, which allows the floor to be about a foot lower. I estimate the frontal area at about 1/3 less, but it is mostly behind the tow vehicle, so I bet the drag is even better than that. They are rare, and I could never close the deal before I had to make a choice, and so I got this one. I know I will be happy with the space, and having a covered trailer, but if I had more time I think the stagger load would have been even better.

So far I pulled all the guides and tracks, and gave the wood 2 coats of water seal. I put the tracks in for my 2 sleds: 2009 Tundra and 2007 GTX. The Tundra fits with plenty of room, it is 36 inches wide. The GTX is still a work in progress. I put the guides in as per factory, but going up the ramp, the inside ski counts on using the guide from the other sled, which is now not there because it is so much narrower. I moved that guide over to the other side, so it can go up the ramp, but then I still need to go across the grain to get it in position to use the tiedown. I think I can install the guides for that sled at an angle and ride it right into position, so I will try that next.

I plan to move most of my sleds and other big gear into the trailer for summer storage, which is another advantage of this larger, enclosed trailer.
I have been looking at adding a diesel heater to let me bivouac in the trailer for overnights, and melt ice off the sleds on multi- day trips.
I also have seen slicker tie downs than the aluminum bar with threaded rod that I have, and wondered if anyone has a type they would recommend.
Also, who ties down the rear of the sleds in the enclosed trailer? How do you do it?

Trailers in and of themselves turn out to be a work of art as we try to get them set up for our specific needs. They all tend to have pros and cons no matter how much research you do. Bigger is almost always better but that too has its drawbacks in fuel consumption and travel ease. Mine is 7 feet wide but the wheels are outside of the enclosure so it has a foot print wider and I needed to buy extension strap on mirrors from so I could see the sides. I see guys with similar hybrids like yours and they drive one sled in forward and back the second one in backwards which offsets the tongue weight issue and gives you more room for the ski width. With the 5.5' height you might be able to add a drop down shelf above the sleds so you could store a shanty sled above them.
Secure and mouse proof storage during the off season is a major plus not to mention leaving all that space in your garage or shed where it is normally stored. One addition I would highly recommend if it does not already have it is ventilation. Those are very inexpensive and pretty easy to install and it allows for drying as well as dissipating excessive heat in the summer. Having either plastic or rubber runners under the sled tracks is also a big plus. For tie downs you can buy pop up floor mounted D rings that install flat on the floor but pop up and work really well for our needs. Yes, I always secure the back end of sleds so they don't slide around if you hit a sharp curve. My last Triton clamshell trailer had a few dimples from stuff inside poking the thin aluminum when things got sliding.

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