I have a ’95 GT, with rear carrying rack, so there’s plenty of room to hook a lift into the back. I am only aware of two lift companies: Mar-lift and RWS Distribution, the latter of which makes The Eazymove, for which I found an excellent article/testimonial on this website’s homepage. (I am not considering the 3-piece dolly systems, which would seem well-suited to the garage I don't have yet, but not to the lawn.)
Most immediately, I need a rear lift, so I can run the sled to wash out all of the dirt I got all over the track and sliders while rototilling the lawn with it as I was backing it down off of the ramps from my truck. However, that little experience impressed me with the potential benefits of having an off-road dolly system. (At least, once the dust settles, I can wheel it away like the abused puppy it was.
I either need to grade myself a dirt ramp for pickup truck loading, or find a trailer!). Adding insult to injury, I failed to get air as I rode from the lower part of the lawn to the upper part, over the knoll. ??? The carbides did a fair job of aerating the lawn, however. Now if I had had studs already….
I have included what I hope will be links to these companies’ homepages, if not the lifts themselves, and the link to the article on Snowmobileworld’s homepage, below:
The web prices (all U.S.) I have found are as follows:
Mar-lift Dolly: $219.
½ Mar-lift (rear only): $85.
RWS Rear Lift: $110. (Cool, foot-operated lift, IMHO)
RWS’s Eazymove Dolly: $180.
(Off-road “big wheels” kit adds $60. to RWS's Eazymove, for a total of $240. I didn’t look into shipping costs for any of them).
I guess my first question is, is there a dolly system that can:
a) Allow the safe warmup running of the sled while on the dolly, while
b) Providing a safe platform for long-term storage, ideally unloading both front and rear suspensions, and
c) Hold the rear of the sled up high enough for studding, inspection, cleaning, adjustment, say if I’m willing to help it with a rope to a tree, to tip the sled/dolly combo up at the rear?
If no dolly can do all of the above, then I still need a rear lift, so that would be my second choice, a rear lift, and perhaps a dolly in the future, or not, as I hope to score a used, enclosed trailer, and I’m figuring I can store the sled on a rear lift, in the trailer. Although this does not get the weight off of the front suspension for storage.
2. How many here unload the skis during storage? How many don't but feel it's a good idea to do so?
Answers to the above questions, and any recommendations, re: these or other products I’ve missed, will be most appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Oops! Can somebody move this topic to "General Snowmobiling" so we get more responses? I don't know how to move posts yet. Thanks.