on today's video I thought I'd show you guys how I get my snowmobile into the back of the pickup [Applause] [Applause] hey there outdoor youtubers Steve Kaneda from kinetise practical outdoors and like I said earlier I thought I'd show you guys how I get my snowmobile into the back of the pickup okay and I think you guys can see the main system is this ramp okay they utilize this ramp to drive the snowmobile into the back of the pickup but it's never as simple as it seems right most things are never as simple as they seem these ramps this is a trifold ramp okay I bought this a long time ago for getting a four-wheeler into the back of a pickup truck okay and that's really what this ramp is made for it's made for getting like a four-wheeler maybe a riding lawnmower some kind of wheeled vehicle into the back of a truck okay it's not really made for getting a snowmobile in the back and there's a few reasons and maybe some of them are kind of jumping out at you but these are trifold ramps they're aluminum the wear bars underneath the skis the snowmobiles do not like metal to metal contact they do not slide across metal very good and they really do not slide across the lumina m– at all okay they just gouge right into aluminum aluminum grab some it'll actually bring it to a complete stop okay so as you can see I had to add these kind of these plywood runners or skid plates for the skis to ride up when the skull bill goes up into the back of the truck okay and you know that seems simple enough the other issue I ran into as this this trifold ramp really wasn't wide enough for the snowmobile like that but it wasn't white enough for the snow bill what I did is they just kind of bolted some angle iron to the sides of the ramps you know to give it a few more inches sticking out to the sides and then I attached that plywood to that okay so now this ramp is wide enough for a snowmobile to drive into the back of the truck okay but you know for anybody that's actually driven a snowmobile into the back of a truck you may have experienced some of these issues that I ran into there's a lot of different ways to do it right there's a lot of different ramp systems you can buy some guys just like to back up to a snow bank you know and kind of drive the snowmobile out if they have reverse on their snowmobile or pull it out onto the snow bank and that all works really well as long as you have a snow bank right okay but for any of you guys that have driven stole bills into the back of pickup trucks you know like I said those where Bart is under the skis they don't like metal to metal contact right it don't slide across metal very good right like I said the aluminum ramps they really go into aluminum but they also don't like going into the mild steel you know in the back of your pickup truck so as you can see I added plywood to the tailgate added plywood to the bed of the truck also you know if you think about it guys you know if you've ever looked at a snowmobile trailer right a trailer that is designed to transport snowmobiles the the bed of that trailer almost always has a plywood face to it okay so those skis are riding on that plywood they're not digging into metal you know the plywood has a little bit more forgiveness and you know eventually you can actually gouge and wear out the plywood but then you just change the face with a new piece of plywood and you're good to go well it's kind of the same principle I'm using for the back of the truck I don't want those skis riding metal to metal so I put this plywood like again I guess on the tailgate and in the box son all the wear rods the wear bars on the bottom of the skis aren't grinding into the metal in the back of the truck but it really doesn't just end there with adding plywood into the bed of your pickup and on the tailgate there's a little bit more to that they'll have to explain to you snowmobiles drive into the back of a pickup pretty easily you know with this ramp system but sometimes coming out not so easy and I'll explain a little bit more I'll put this ramp back on I'll show you as you guys can see again with the plywood right anywhere these skis might touch the back of the truck or the ramps I have plywood but I also if you look there's actually two layers of plywood but that's only in the back this this layer underneath this main top layer only goes up to a bolt here and the reason for that is I just wanted to elevate it slightly because what happens if you can imagine this piece of wood being the ski of your snowmobile maybe even more specifically like the wear rods underneath the ski of your snowmobile what happens is you're backing out if you don't have this piece of plywood elevated a little bit sometimes because the back of the snowmobile gets gets back on the ramp and it starts tipping down so this ski wants to tilt up a little bit okay like that so it comes across and sometimes it'll tilt up and it would gouge into the second piece of plywood if I didn't give it just this little bit more elevation it turns out for this snowmobile and this ramp and this truck this is this works out just right where even if this ski starts to tilt back a little bit before it tilts too far it finds itself on this piece of plywood so now it can still keep going freely and it was the same thing back here right I had to elevate the back end of this piece of plywood on the tail eight also because what was happening before I elevated this again this ski wants to tilt up like that specifically the wear bar wants to tilt up so as soon as it would get off the edge if this wasn't elevated up a few more thicknesses of plywood it would hit right here and it would gouge in to the front of the aluminum and of course into the plywood pretty good okay as you can see there's some marks here from before I actually elevated this a little bit but now as this is this ski is going back like this it tilts but by the time it it falls off the edge of this plywood that's been elevated a little bit it's well on to this next piece and it can still slide freely so that was just a couple things I had to do to kind of smooth the transition for getting into the back of the truck and out of the back of the truck so I'll go ahead and hop on it and take it off and maybe you'll kind of see what those skis do and you'll kind of see what I'm talking about here and if you're not too familiar with these ramps right you got these little tabs that stick up and they rest on the tailgate and I open little slots up in the plywood to accommodate them right our seasons pull that right up in there get it right up onto the as close as it can be to the tailgate and then they just kind of chain you know to something okay so they don't slip off right you don't want em to slip off that's gonna be big trouble if you're trying to drive before wheeler a snow bill up here these ramps were to slip back down on you and then this this plywood bed you know and a lot of the plywood here I just screwed it down with self-tapping screws okay and it was the same thing with some of the plywood on here I think the ones that were attached to some of that angle iron were actually bolted but the rest of them were pretty much self toppers into the bed of the pickup truck once you get it in apply the parking brake and then you're also gonna want to strap this down pretty good with some cinch straps so it's not gonna come out of the back of the pickup right yeah guys like I was saying without the back edges of these plywood pieces being built up a little bit these skis would come back and of course like I say the back of the snowmobile is back on this rant and also the ski wants to tilt up it would come off and it would hit there and it would twist and it would actually snag and not even let the snowmobile come down so it made all the difference in the world building up and giving a little bit more elevation to the back edges of this plywood really kept the skis specifically the the we're rods the wear bars under the skis from grabbing and twisting and kind of snagging you as you're backing over the pickup so anyways thought I'd just share that with you guys real quick systems been working pretty good for me but anyways hey guys remember to hunt fish laugh repeat this is Dave caneta from kinetise practical outdoors hey thanks for watching and God bless

How I Load My Snowmobile Into The Truck
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6 thoughts on “How I Load My Snowmobile Into The Truck

  • July 29, 2019 at 10:58 am
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    Nice ramps. That machine looks like a lake trout killing machine. Nice setup

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  • July 29, 2019 at 10:58 am
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    Thank you Mr. Knetter! I always enjoy your channel. Practical as always!

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  • July 29, 2019 at 10:58 am
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    I'll be buying a sled here soon!! Good video

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  • July 29, 2019 at 10:58 am
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    Very good ingenuity too bad I didn’t know this when I had my sleds. You’re very handy

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  • July 29, 2019 at 10:58 am
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    You are pretty good at that, I usually run my ski tips into the bed bulkhead before I get it stopped. Good Yooper engineering

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