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    Default snowmobile dollies

    What have ya'all used for snowmobile dollies? I know I have a few that I don't like, they simply don't stay on the ski if going over any uneven surfaces. I would like ones I could hit some minor bumps and still stay on. Also must be fairly easy to take off and on, my lower back does not allow me to do much deadlifting. Is there anything that might be able to handle a bit of gravel, or am I dreaming? Gravel would be secondary - small bumps in concrete are needed however.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Go to www.suregripdollies.com, I have these & they work great, check it out. There is also a member on this site that promotes Skisaver flex snowmobile ski wheels, it is advertised somewhere on here. I have no experience with them so I cannot give you any credible information. -Mezz

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    Quote Originally Posted by mezz View Post
    Go to www.suregripdollies.com, I have these & they work great, check it out. There is also a member on this site that promotes Skisaver flex snowmobile ski wheels, it is advertised somewhere on here. I have no experience with them so I cannot give you any credible information. -Mezz

    I agree these dollies work well. I have been using them for 15 years and really like them. the link however isn't working for some reason. Maybe they are having website problems.

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    If youíre talking about storage dollies (as opposed to rideable dollies), Iíve always wanted to try out the type that you ride the entire sled on to - skis and track. Think the brand is Sledez. Those definitely (canít) fall off, and thereís no trying to pull your back out putting them on and off. Expensive though, which is why Iím still using the old school crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICT Sledder View Post
    If you’re talking about storage dollies (as opposed to rideable dollies), I’ve always wanted to try out the type that you ride the entire sled on to - skis and track. Think the brand is Sledez. Those definitely (can’t) fall off, and there’s no trying to pull your back out putting them on and off. Expensive though, which is why I’m still using the old school crap.
    What I am looking for is a dolly I can put on the ski, then drive the sled to where I need to go - either move in the garage, or onto the trailer, without cutting into my concrete. No studs in the track, just rubber!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjb View Post
    What have ya'all used for snowmobile dollies? I know I have a few that I don't like, they simply don't stay on the ski if going over any uneven surfaces. I would like ones I could hit some minor bumps and still stay on. Also must be fairly easy to take off and on, my lower back does not allow me to do much deadlifting. Is there anything that might be able to handle a bit of gravel, or am I dreaming? Gravel would be secondary - small bumps in concrete are needed however.

    Thanks in advance!
    I got one of these at Fleet Farm 20 years ago and I still use it, small dollies are a pain in the butt and slow to operate.
    https://www.discountramps.com/sled-d...iABEgJZcfD_BwE

    Bear

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjb View Post
    What I am looking for is a dolly I can put on the ski, then drive the sled to where I need to go - either move in the garage, or onto the trailer, without cutting into my concrete. No studs in the track, just rubber!
    I’d get the Carbide Savers then if it were me. I’ve used a set of those Sure Grip Dollies and I’m not impressed. They’re a real PITA to put on. And the wheels fall off all the time (think the newer versions have fixed this issue).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICT Sledder View Post
    Iíd get the Carbide Savers then if it were me. Iíve used a set of those Sure Grip Dollies and Iím not impressed. Theyíre a real PITA to put on. And the wheels fall off all the time (think the newer versions have fixed this issue).

    Not saying this hasn't happened to you, but I have 6 sets of dollies and I have never had a wheel come off. They do require you to pick up the front of the ski, but can be put on in a matter of seconds...literally. I will comment that I never put on the second strap to keep the dolly on while in reverse. that was a pain to strap it on so I don't use it.

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    I have the same style dollies as Sure Grip.
    Never had an issue with coming off. Once you use several times, putting them on and taking off becomes much easier.
    Only have to lift front of ski, slide under ski, push wheel with foot, bingo loaded up.
    I find them fairly easy to use now that I've got them figured out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfattack View Post
    Not saying this hasn't happened to you, but I have 6 sets of dollies and I have never had a wheel come off. They do require you to pick up the front of the ski, but can be put on in a matter of seconds...literally. I will comment that I never put on the second strap to keep the dolly on while in reverse. that was a pain to strap it on so I don't use it.
    If you’re talking about the Sure Grips, the older versions had an axle/friction cap on the end of the axles holding the wheels on, as opposed to the threaded nuts I think they use today. The old versions like I’ve used are junk, but it’s not all that pertinent if someone is buying a set of the new ones.

    I don’t know why someone today would buy Sure Grips over Carbide Savers, outside of price, but that’s not something I’m invested enough in to debate on. To each their own.

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    Look at the Discussion Board home page..... http://www.growthpointmarketing.com/skisaverflex.html

    Skisaver Flex..... great product & John is a member on JD

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    I have the sure grip dollies. I do like them but I have had to fix them a lot bolts loosen up and wheels fall off. Now the cables are starting to fail, but this is after 5 years of owning them. I like the SkiSaver idea. Winder how they work, Also I see that caliber now has something like them but they look like plastic.

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    It's expensive but works well. Here is what I have. https://shop.centralsledandcycle.ca/...uctId=18155546

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICT Sledder View Post
    If youíre talking about the Sure Grips, the older versions had an axle/friction cap on the end of the axles holding the wheels on, as opposed to the threaded nuts I think they use today. The old versions like Iíve used are junk, but itís not all that pertinent if someone is buying a set of the new ones.

    I donít know why someone today would buy Sure Grips over Carbide Savers, outside of price, but thatís not something Iím invested enough in to debate on. To each their own.

    I checked out the carbide savers and must admit, they look pretty slick. In fact, I'm going to order a set to try them out.

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    My choice is Rouski retractable wheels. Have them on my sidewinder. Easy to move on driveways and into trailers with no carbide drag/ damage. Ever pull off trail to get gas and have nothing but bare concrete or asphalt. Problem solved. Worth every penny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjb View Post
    What I am looking for is a dolly I can put on the ski, then drive the sled to where I need to go - either move in the garage, or onto the trailer, without cutting into my concrete. No studs in the track, just rubber!
    then you want johns ski saver pretty much all doo dealers should have them in stock if not in there catalogue

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    I have Carbide Savers and can ride the sleds in and out of the trailer no problem.

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    I agree with Intercepter. The Rouski ski wheels work great for the garage, long pavement stretches to the gas station or hotel, and getting into the trailer. I did try an air actuated system made out east a few years ago, but it was junk - returned it.
    Look here for the Rouskies

    https://www.denniskirk.com/rouski/re...BoClCcQAvD_BwE

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    I have RollerSki https://www.ebay.com/itm/Qualipieces...gAAOSwmZdZi1HW

    I have these on 2 off mine and Suprotem Brackets on another one. The Roller Skis are auto retractable when you get back on the Trail.
    They are similar to Rouski's. I can drop my wheels and drive down gravel or Black top Roads as long as I want before I overheat.
    You cannot get Suprotem Brackets in the USA they only sell them in Canada and you simply place a Wheel on a Bracket.
    The Rollerski's will retract in reverse if you hit small bump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICT Sledder View Post
    If you’re talking about storage dollies (as opposed to rideable dollies), I’ve always wanted to try out the type that you ride the entire sled on to - skis and track. Think the brand is Sledez. Those definitely (can’t) fall off, and there’s no trying to pull your back out putting them on and off. Expensive though, which is why I’m still using the old school crap.
    I won one of those in a raffle a few years ago. It works well, but it's made for short tracks. Even a 137" hangs off the back quite far. I'm going to get some square tubing and lengthen it.

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    Thanks for the recommendations Ezra and Kip. The Skisaver Flex installs fast, has solid wheels that don't go flat and is adjustable to fit any ski.
    Here's a short video loading sleds into a trailer. www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8PuwcRs3QE
    You can find a dealer at www.SkisaverFlex.com.

    I've been a longtime JohnDee.com member, advertiser the last two seasons, Veterans ride supporter, local trail captain and snowmobiler.

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