Riding behind the snowmobile with your kids while cruising downhill at breakneck speed with your grown-up friends is an out-of-this-world experience!
Now, if sledding is your favorite fun winter activity, here’s a simple DIY guide to help you build your own custom sled to tow behind your snowmobile—and save a couple of bucks in the process.
How to build a sled to pull behind a snowmobile
Here are practical designs and steps to build an iconic sled at home, whether you need a tow behind sled for cold-weather recreation or to help you haul cargo – these snowmobile partners can carry almost anything.
Step-by-step instructions for building a sled to pull behind a snowmobile.
This article explains how to build a cargo-hauling and recreational ski sled at home.
Option 1: How to construct a recreational sled to tow behind a snowmobile.
Pallet of wood was used.
A jigsaw (or handsaw), a hammer, and a drill are among the power and hand tools available.
Nails, screws, and sandpaper are examples of accessories.
The first step is to remove the pallet’s supporting boards from the bottom.
Don’t be concerned about the removed boards; we’ll need them soon.
Creating the frame
Using your jigsaw/handsaw, cut your pallet in half.
You want to cut along the length of its middle supporting board, on either side.
Most do-it-yourselfers are skilled at sawing, so splitting the pallet should be simple.
Fill in the blanks
Remember the boards we took off the pallet at the beginning? Yes, you will now use them to fill all of the large gaps in the frame.
This should be fairly simple: place the boards in the gap you want to seal and secure them with nails or screws.
Remember to cut the installed boards flush with the sled on all sides.
Bring it into shape.
We’d all like to have a sled that can easily pull through snow behind a wheeler.
To accomplish this, the sliding surface must be properly curved out at the front.
Do the following: Cut a curve out of the sled’s front – be careful because you want it to be perfect.
You’re almost finished.
You’re almost there, but you’re missing a handle.
Look for a rope or heavy-duty string that can serve as a sturdy handle (even a water ski rope can work).
Now, cut the rope to a reasonable length and thread the two ends through the freshly drilled holes. I should mention that the length of the rope is usually a compromise between throwing massive ice chunks at your kids and giving them whiplash (ouch!).
finishing and smoothing
Using sandpaper, sand rough spots on your wood.
Consider applying one or two coats of gorgeous, high-quality paint and allowing it to dry completely to add a “wow factor.”
And there you have it! You’re all set for the hills!
Consider painting the sled to match the color of your snowmobile. It frequently turns out to be so adorable.
Option 2: Build a sled to pull behind a snowmobile for winter hauling.
While towable sleds capable of transporting large amounts of cargo are widely available, building your own super capable pull-behind snowmobile sled can be the pinnacle of ingenuity.
Here’s how to make one so you can bring your essential equipment on your cold-weather adventures.
Buy two sets from a thrift store or anywhere else you can find them cheap (Craiglist is a great place to look).
6 pieces 16, total length of 8 feet
1 piece (26, 8 ft long)
a handsaw (we recommend 24-inch)
Drilling by hand (and necessary drill bits)
a measuring tape
The use of a hammer
A pencil is used.
Have a sufficient number of 10d nails.
2″ wood screws (coated)- once again, buy plenty.
Make three six-inch-long pieces out of the 26 lumber. These will act as spacers.
Predrill holes through all of the skis, making sure to countersink them all—a properly sized drill bit should suffice. The first hole should be a few inches after the tip, the second about halfway, and the final one a few inches before the end for maximum strength.
Arrange a pair of skis on each side of the sled. Make sure the sets are parallel to one another.
Screw the three spacers into each pair of skis – two to three screws per spacer – then screw the two sides together.
Following that, three spreaders (cut from 16 lumber and 24 inches long) are nailed on top of the spacers. The deck is made of four 6 ft. 16 pieces cut to 5 ft. 6” length and nailed to the spreaders.
Finally, drill a few holes through the deck and thread a tow rope (of appropriate length) through. That’s all there is to it.
Tip: For both designs, it is preferable – and crucial for your peace of mind – to use a strong tow bar rather than a tow rope or chain! Experiment and see if you can fit one in.
There are numerous precautions to take when hauling loads of gear and supplies or venturing out onto the rough, twisting mountainous trails for the thrill.
In a nutshell, before making any move, always ensure that the hitch is rigid and sturdy, and that the sled is securely fastened to the snowmobile.
Furthermore, you should exercise extreme caution when it comes to speed; maintain slow enough speeds to ensure you have complete control of the situation at all times.
Be wary of other snowmobile enthusiasts—your winter outing with family could quickly turn tragic if you collide with another snowmobile.