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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-05-2017, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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Question Loading a heavy snowmobile in the bed

I plan to load my yamaha apex into the bed. It s a heavy machine. Tailgate dont support that weight. What you guys does?

I was planning a aluminium ramp + bed extender that goes into the hitch

My concern is all about the weigt on the bed. Let s say the snow mobile weight 800lbs. It's way more of the limit of the tailgate. Can we assume the weight will be distribute by /2 on the ramp and will be good when loading.


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Re: Loading a heavy snowmobile in the bed

The weight of your machine is distributed over the length of the bed. You shouldn't have a problem. Additionally, you can add an additional cable/chain on the other side of the tailgate as a safeguard. The weight of your machine should be centered on where the motor is placed in the bed. I would think the lightest part of your machine is at the end.

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Re: Loading a heavy snowmobile in the bed

Here's a link to the safety chain for the tailgate: $6 safety chain for passenger side of tailgate

Due to the length of some snowmobiles, other members have done what you've suggested and added an extension to the hitch.

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Re: Loading a heavy snowmobile in the bed

get a trailer.
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Re: Loading a heavy snowmobile in the bed

Yeah, that's what I have. A single place trailer to drag behind. It tilts easily and I have a salt shield on it. Lots easier than trying to load into bed and unload somewhere in the woods.

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Re: Loading a heavy snowmobile in the bed

The RL with it's short bed is not ideal. In fact the bed in any pickup is not ideal, can be done but a trailer is best for this. Enclosed is preferred unless you want a salted down snowmobile. I have a touring sled or 2up if you prefer, the darn things are a hair under 12' long. 2013 Arctic cat TZ1 LXR Turbo. Intercooled and chipped, pushing 220hp. Man this thing will sing.


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Re: Loading a heavy snowmobile in the bed

Bought this




and I do plan to have it modified to be able to support weight to save the tailgate cable and the possibility to have the tailgate bented ( we only have one cable)

I am also planned to buy something like the erickson big bed junior


I'm trying to locate the best combo products so I can modify it to support the weight of the top of the ramp.

what do you think ?
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Re: Loading a heavy snowmobile in the bed

It's a lotta work getting it into and out of the bed. For those of us who have already pulled their backs out by doing that we've moved on from loading sleds into the back of the truck to trailers. Hence the recommendations from most on here about it. When you are young (and broke) you'll do what is necessary to work around those limitations. Once you get older and throw your back out a few times you spend the cash and buy something that works better. I used to swear I'd never buy a 4 door car. Well, that's all we have now lol. And I swore I could load and unload that sled without needing to spend the money for a trailer. Well, now I have a tilt trailer. You just wise up is all that happens.

Good luck with the ramp though! It looks like a nice one.

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Re: Loading a heavy snowmobile in the bed

Sleds dont run 800lbs, but the new gun safe that Im pickin up this weekend weighs a bit more than that. Im goin for it in the back of mine.
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