Ahh the Great Canadian Sledding Trip. If only more people got to experience the thrill of tearing through some fresh mountain powder or some deep, untouched snow off the beaten path elsewhere in the Great White North, the world would be a better place.
Given that it’s likely time for you and your family to pack up your sleds and head off for that big weekend trip (pandemic not withstanding), we came up with a few things to think about before you head out.
1. Pre-trip trailer inspectionThis may seem like a simple thing but doing a quick walkaround of your trailer can be the difference between a safe, uneventful journey and making an unexpected pit stop along the way. Here are a few things to look over:
- Check your tires for visible signs of wear or cracks
- After hooking up the trailer, test the coupler/tongue and hitch to make certain the trailer is securely fastened, safety chains are attached and the power connector is plugged in
- Make sure brake and signal lights are in good working order
- Check that tire pressure matches manufacturer’s recommendations
- Inspect your spare tire to be sure it’s ready for action if needed
2. Dont forget the jacks!
We’ve heard stories of our customers forgetting to put ramp jacks in place before they’ve climbed into or attempted to load their trailer. So here is a simple yet important reminder to always do a walkaround of your trailer prior to loading or you could be in for a nasty little surprise.
3. Positioning your sleds
Properly positioning your sleds is crucial for safe towing. Always remember to position the weight of your load more towards the front of the trailer than the back. Here are a few visuals on how to properly load your trailer:
3-Place Inline Enclosed Sled Trailer:
4-Place Lowboy Car & Toy Hauler:
4-Place Highboy Enclosed Sled Trailer (Deckover):
4. Securing your load
We talked about it recently, but properly securing your sleds is critical to the safety of you and your cargo. Flaman carries a variety of sled trailer accessories to help with that. We carry everything you need to secure your load, like e-tracks, d-rings, ski tie downs and ratchet straps. To protect your trailer flooring and for added stability, we also carry super glides and grip glides as well. Contact your local Flaman Trailer store for more info.
5. Load your truck deck on level ground
Although this one only applies to truck decks, it serves a fair warning for those loading their sleds to always take precautions. A key point to remember when loading your deck is to make sure it’s on level ground, and a good word of advice is to wear a helmet when doing so, or you could risk injury
6. Emergency Preparedness KitBetter to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. Putting together an emergency kit before you head out is highly recommended. The Government of Canada recommends a few things:
- Non-perishable, nutrient dense foods such as protein bars
- Water in a plastic bottle that won’t crack/break when frozen
- Emergency blanket
- First aid kit (bandages, gauze, seatbelt cutter, etc.)
- Small shovel
- Headlamp or wind-up flashlight
- Candles & waterproof matches
- Tow rope & booster cables
- Fire extinguisher
Winter Staycation Contest
We’re giving away two weekend sled trailer rentals on Friday, January 8, 2021 valued at $260 as part of our Winter Staycation contest! Visit our Facebook or Twitter page to enter. The grand prize draw is Friday, January 15th, 2021 and we’ll be giving away a Koenders ice shack valued at $2,999 to one lucky winner so make sure you’re entered.