Snowmobile Shipping Process & Preparations
Riding a snowmobile should be a fun activity whether you’re hitting mountain trails in the U.S. or taking an overseas adventure with your sled. At A-1 Auto Transport, we try to take the stress out of the process by offering professional and affordable shipping services to any location, both nationwide and internationally. With an experienced snowmobile shipper, you can rest assured that your next trip will be as relaxing as possible—you just tell us where to ship and we’ll meet you there! We even offer storage if you’re unable to arrive before your sled does. No matter what type of snowmobile you need shipped, or how many, we’re here and ready to help! Here are some of the most common types of sleds we ship:
- Touring snowmobiles
- Sport trail snowmobiles
- Utility snowmobiles
- Performance sleds
- Crossover snowmobiles
- Mountain snowmobiles
- Multi-passenger snowmobiles
There are many types of snowmobiles and, due to the varying designs and different chassis or framework for each one, not all of them are secured the same for the shipping process. Whether you’re shipping your snowmobile to Sweden for Snocross or simply having it transported
relocated across the U.S., professional transporters will take care of the delivery, every step of the way. Simply follow the minor preparations (see below), tell us where you’re located and where your headed, and we’ll take care of the rest.
Preparing Your Snowmobile For Shipping
Preparing the snowmobile as asked by the transport company is a very important responsibility and, if not done properly, could cause delays at the beginning of the process. While the transporter will handle the shipping process, they will ask that you have the vehicle ready for pick up. Most of the preparation is simple enough to do on your own, but doing what is asked of you will lessen the risks involved in shipping your sled, making sure the process goes as planned. The requirements, of course, will be slightly different depending on the type of snowmobile you’re have shipped, and the preparations asked of you may vary slightly from one company to another. Because of this, It’s highly advised that you consult with the transport company before you begin to prepare it for shipping. As a general overview of what you can expect, these are the most common things you’ll need to do:
- Removal of some external components so that the snowmobile can be secured for transport. A shipping company will often use skid blocks or toothed chains to keep the snowmobile securely in place while it’s being delivered and may ask that you remove items such as handle bars, belts, windshield, and tie downs. These items can still be shipped along as part of delivery.
- Drain the fuel tank to no more than 1/4 full. This helps reduce the weight of the sled and guards against problems that can arise from leaks.
- Clean the snowmobile and make note of any existing damages or scratches. This will give you something to compare to the condition it arrives in upon delivery, ensuring that it hasn’t been damaged during shipment. The shipper should do the same and it’s not a bad idea to take photos of any dings so that you have a visual record.
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Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.