snowmobile cover

A traveled saying posits that those who desire peace must prepare for war. So it goes with Toronto snowmobile owners during their sleds’ seasonal layoffs – somewhat.

Notoriously brutal as an Ontario winter can get, from seemingly face-cutting winds to merciless onslaughts of snow and other varieties of precipitation, the “off” months when sleds across the Greater Toronto Area wait dormant in garages, sheds or standstills in yards and driveways bring their own wear and tear. Rain, blowing dust, wind, humidity and the sun’s own brutal beat-down take a gradual toll. If neglected, a snowmobile’s wounds show a little more plainly with each season of use.

Good news, Toronto: your snowmobile’s offseason TLC starts with a durable fitted cover and remains as simple as keeping the environment surrounding your sled from digging into it. A machine that’s been deservingly babied during downtime could very possibly hold up well past its factory-estimated expiration date and provide year after year of reliable, safe, fast enjoyment when the mercury takes a dive.

Everything starts with how you dress your snowmobile when the last Toronto snow melts away and it’s time for Blue Jays pitchers and catchers to report for Spring Training…

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More good news: specially fitted snowmobile covers need not break the bank. Still, the extra mile can be worth the durability and extra elemental shielding.

Whatever your choice, a fitted snowmobile cover’s protection against the surrounding elements far exceeds what a tied-down tarp provides. In fact, a standard plastic tarp could give condensation a window of opportunity to dampen and damage the sled’s components. Instead, narrow your cover shopping to a polyurethane-backed, mildew-resistant fabric construction that also holds up against prolonged UV exposure.

Many covers offer a snug-fitting surface thanks to an elastic hem cord. The best of the best will also include a non-scratch liner, a sewn-in door for convenient fuel tank access, and reflective safety markings for better visibility during trailer hauls. Most top-line covers will include built-in adjustable straps for easy trailering, but you should also have a few bungie straps for extra-tight tie-downs.

Perhaps you store your snowmobile more than you ride it, or rarely trailer it since you happen to live in a rural area and ride mostly from your own yard. A Universal Snowmobile Storage Cover runs about $54.95 CAD, sells in two broad sizes – Universal/XL for models 103”-115” or Touring/XXL for 116” and up – and backs the durability of the suggested features listed above with a one-year warranty at an affordable price. However, it may not provide the sturdiest protection for trailering. To a certain extent, it’s a matter of getting what you pay for from your protection.

On the other hand, the Universal One Up’s enduring heavy-duty 600D, UV-resistant treated polyester fabrication is double-tough and trailer-ready for most Arctic Cat, Polaris, Yamaha and Ski Doo models. The included tie-down system tightly shields the machine from the elements, the material stands up against years of resisting tears and fading, the inner felt won’t scratch your windshield, and the stretchy LYCRA windshield/handlebar cover accommodates a variety of heights. At $129.95 and with a one-year pro-rated warranty, it’s as worthwhile and versatile a cover investment as you’ll find.

 

Once you’ve selected a cover, it’s time to make your snowmobile comfortable for a while. The storage area should be dry and guarded against moisture and any birds or rodents that may wander about. Sturdily station it on blocks beneath the front bumper and rear frame, keeping the skis and track held suspended above the ground. Secure the cover and your machine is ready for one long seasonal nap.

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