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ONTARIO: Yikes! A cartop snowmobile

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OPP in Barrie were surprised when a "keen-eyed" motorist sent these pictures in. We've seen sleds in the back of trucks, but never this.

"WOW! Do you see what I see?" said the OPP tweet.

"A trailer is the right way and safest method to properly transport a snowmobile rather than relying on a few straps and a roof rack."

Police didn't indicate if this method is legal, but perhaps it's time for the owner to go shopping for a trailer.

Most snowmobiles won't fit in a standard 6-foot truck bed so experts suggest a snowmobile trailer designed to handle the weight and length of hauling sleds.

The two main types of trailers to consider are flatbed open trailers and taller enclosed trailers.

Meanwhile, the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs is warning snowmobilers to keep their sled parked.

"it’s not time to start sledding yet, so for safety’s sake and to avoid trespass on farmlands and other private property, the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs cautions snowmobilers to keep their sleds parked and stay off OFSC trails because they are not yet available to ride.

"Even going for a short snowmobile ride can be very dangerous at this time of year with existing conditions. The ground, waterways, and swamps are not frozen yet, nor is there enough snow base to protect yourself or your sled from terrain irregularities or other obstacles. Grooming operations have not started yet, so no OFSC trails are available to ride and all access to trails on private property remain closed. Snowmobilers are also reminded to stay off public roads and avoid trespassing on farmers’ fields."

For updates on trail status across Ontario, the OFSC recommends that snowmobilers visit the Interactive Trail Guide at www.ofsc.on.ca.

While trails remain closed, the North Bay Snowmobile Club’s Director of Marketing Shawn Flindall says the fun is just starting.

The club's annual "Think Snow Fundraising Auction!" takes place Saturday, December 1 at The Portage on Peninsula Road at 7 p.m.

"Over $20,000 of quality sledding and outdoor gear will be auctioned to the highest bidder. Nearly 300 items to be auctioned," adds Flindall.

 The Portage will also be offering dinner prior to the auction with 50 per cent of all proceeds going to the NBSC.

 Every penny raised goes directly to the trails.




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