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Ok im considering one. Need it to get from my csbin to the pavement plowed where i csn leave my truck. Also for getting into the back country around here for some indistirbed hunting. Wuestion though. Best brand to get. What things do ineed?  Size engine size of track. What else. Used of vourse as new is just not dooable right  now. Appreciate sny and sll suggestions snd comments. 

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Comd on guys. I need some info. Have alreadyhad about 8-10 inches and eillbegetting morebegore too long. Ineed toget ghe danged thing while ican still drive my truck out. I am thinking thst reverse is pretty important. Electric start would be good too. Never know when i wojldn't be able tohanfle the pull start. Getting old snd losing strength snd an injury in a crash could strand me. 

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Snowmobiles are heart attack machines for older folks.  Have you ever had to get one unstuck.  You would be better off buying an ATV with tracks on it.

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On 12/7/2016 at 8:25 PM, Braz said:

Ok im considering one. Need it to get from my csbin to the pavement plowed where i csn leave my truck. Also for getting into the back country around here for some indistirbed hunting. Wuestion though. Best brand to get. What things do ineed?  Size engine size of track. What else. Used of vourse as new is just not dooable right  now. Appreciate sny and sll suggestions snd comments. 

OK, I'll bite.  How much snow do you actually get up there around Montgomery Creek?  The elevation is just a tad over 2,000 feet but I've got no idea where the cabin is at.  How far is it from your cabin to where you will be parking your truck?  A 4wd aired down works well most of the time.  If your making the drive often enough then a worn track helps a lot as well.  Is it possible to just plow it or have somebody plow it for you? If it's a fairly short distance I could see a sled dedicated for that task.  If that was the case then pretty much any used sled should fit the bill.  Heading over hill and over dale solo, probably not such a great idea.

I've done quite a bit of snow camping, hunting, and jeeping but seldom do I ever go alone.  With that said, there is a lot of gear to safely venture out in the woods in the snow.  Life and death happens quick in the cold. Proper clothing, fire, shelter, ham radio, personal location beacon, snowshoes just to name a few. 

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Thanks guys. Comments ate appreciated. As to the amount ofsnow. Several years ago we had measured snow on the ground of 11 feet. Plows dont work as ilive on gravel roads and camp doesntallow any plowing as itfrequently results on torn uproads. John i am looking into tracks for my atv. I wouldnot have anyplan ofventiring awayfrom the camp alone. But i would plan on going with another csmp member with his machine. Two machines increase safety imensly. Again thanks for the comments. 

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So if you arent going on trails, all fresh powder, the longer the track the better.  I would say a 155 minimum, prolly want a 163 track on it.  

The newer sleds (fiuel injected) are all pretty reliable, these days you cant really go wrong with Polaris, SkiDoo, or Arctic Cat.  Between those 3, I would go with whoever has the nearest dealer to you with a good reputation.  

In terms of engine size, always go big!  800's are awesome, but the reality of it is, that unless you are doing some big mountain riding a 600 will do everything you need it to do.

Most sleds you can retro fit a electric start on, so if you find a used one you really like, dont let that be your determining factor.

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Lynn, I'm doing the same thing  you propose not far from you in Mill Creek at 5,000 feet elevation.  Cabin is about 200 yards from parking which is still a long slog in deep snow to get the snow mobile.  I bought a used -99 SkiDoo Summit 600 elect. start and reverse which works pretty well towing a sled to bring stuff in from the truck.  Like novaman said, stay with the top three he listed for best results.  Twin Rivers in Yuba City may have used Polaris machines available.  Good luck and enjoy the snow.  Russ

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1 vote for atv with tracks, we use both on trap line and snow mobile is a pain, reverse is engine running back wards, although electric start is nice, have pull start for back up, batteries die at the worst times. we use a plastic boat for a pull behind sled and it works well.

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Haven't priced then in town yet but I think I'm leaning yo the tracks. Hot the act already  had electric start and reverse. Already licensed of registered what eve dfg it is we do with these things. Also have a parking space for it along my workshop. Extended the roof out. Submachine I would have th o come up with something else. Thanks everyone. I'm really thing about this right now ad I'm snowed in. I wasn't paying enough attention to the weather and it caught me. Is raining now so if it rains hard all night may be tomorrow I can get out. Not too optimistic though. 

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I was considering getting tjetracs for my wiad but procrastsnated long enoughigot snowed in. Had tohike out and my son drove me to redding to a motel. Ialso rented a car. Damn that's all expensive. My RV was at camping world just south of Redding getting some repair work done. Had another friend with truck drive me to cw to get the RV and pulled it toburney. Where i put itin thecasino rv park. Theyhsve a pretty reasonable monthly rate and z goid restaurant. That got rid of the expensive motel bills now to get rid of the temtal car. Found a pretty decent ford bronco iI. Needs tiresbut otjerwise looks ptettygood. So I grabbed it. Needs a windshild so tje guy idcalling his insirance co tomorrow to have it replaced. Ill put tires on ittogjtaway and have the 4 wherl drive looked at. Didnt seem like tje switches worked wiite right. But figured i can hsve it fixed. Stll will be anle to sell it in spring if iwant for enough tobteak even. Thst will eliminate csre tental costs. My ttuck is sitting in about three feet of snow. Triedgetting it out. But snow is too derp. Just pushing snow withbumper. Then it gets hi-centered. Get some rain and melt the snow and send it all down to the farmers in central calif. they need it and i dont want it. At least i dont have to worty about some theif sterling my truck. Csnt get far with it. 

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Well picked up my little bronco. Seems to run pretty well a few issues that overall are minor. Window on drivers side door doesn't work. A buddy told me you can buy the mechanism to replace existing one and then it should work fine. Electric windows. Havent had the four wheel drive checked yet but will soon. Seems to handle snow ok. Got about 8 inches in my parking space at my rv. It goes right thru it. I do think the rear axel is locking up just fine. Hope the front does as well once I get it working. Rear hatchback door needs adjustment. Doednt always shut off dome light when closed. again an issue that can be easily fixed. Got new tires for it and shop checked all brskes when replacing tires. Brakes are all good. So i'm a happy csmper. Beats the hell outta that $45 a day for a rental. 

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