Towing a disabled snowmachine behind your snowmachine calls for extra caution to avoid injuries to the people and damage to either snowmachine.

Always remove the drive belt from the machine that will be towed. Some machines have a quick disconnect for the belt – familiarize yourself with the specifics of your snowmachine.

Most manufacturers recommend you use a rigid tow bar instead of a rope or chain, but a rope or nylon strap is what you’re most likely to have and you’ll use whatever you have at hand in an emergency.

Click for larger viewIf you must tow the disabled snowmachine with a tow rope or chain, hook up the tow rope to the A-arm or trailering arm and not the ski loop. This will keep the towed machine from wandering all over and causing more damage.

If possible, avoid allowing passengers to ride on the disabled snowmachine being towed since they can be injured if the snowmachine gets out of control. That’s also a lot of extra weight that the towing machine is forced to haul and unless you’re a expert on the clutch and the belt, you’ll want to avoid an adjustment or belt replacement in the field.

If passengers absolutely have to ride on the machine being towed, they should keep their feet on the running boards at all times and help steer and brake during towing. Always be sure the rear snow flap on the tow snowmachine is in place and properly functioning to reduce possibility of snow and ice chunks getting thrown back at the towed passenger.

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