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Everything You Need to Know about Renting a Snowmobile
Renting a snowmobile will provide you a great way to have a ton of fun -- as long as you know what you're doing and drive safely! This article will provide you with information about renting a snowmobile and how to stay safe when you're out in the snow. Whether you're a seasoned expert or just getting started, the following will be beneficial to you.
So, you've traveled to some snowy vacation destination and you want to rent a snowmobile, eh? Well, we've been there done that and we're ready to share all of our snowmobile renting secrets with you! Here goes:
First, there are some things you need to know before you rent one. Each state requires that the snowmobile be licensed or registered. Most places you rent from will already have this taken care of, but it doesn't hurt to check and make sure before you sign your name on the dotted line. Also, some states may require a special permit or license for driving a snowmobile and some may even require that you take a safety course, too. It's best to check with the Department of Motor Vehicles in the state that you're planning to rent in.
Now that we've got that covered, you'll probably want to find a place that rents snowmobiles. Here's the answer: Basically anywhere there's snow! You can find a rental shop near ski lodges, in ski towns -- everywhere. The easiest way to find a place to rent them, however, is just to look them up online depending on where you're located. Be sure to read online reviews about the rental company before you rent from them -- you could find out information that could save you from a lot of trouble later on!
If this is your first time renting a snowmobile, there are many things you should consider. Are you riding alone or will you be taking another rider with you? Are you riding on trails or up in the mountains? These questions will help you choose which type to rent. There are basically 4 different types of snowmobiles you can rent:
Beginner: Beginner snowmobiles are also called trail models. These snowmobiles are equipped with engines ranging from 60-70 horsepower. They are easy to ride and relatively inexpensive to rent. Trail models are very light and easy to handle and serve as an inexpensive way to begin snowmobiling.
Touring : Touring snowmobiles are designed for up to two riders. The seat configuration features a backrest. Touring models usually include side-mounted mirrors, larger windshields, reverse gear and electric start. They are larger and heavier than both beginner and performance models and are designed for riding longer distances comfortably.
Performance: Performance snowmobiles, feature engines that generate 85 horsepower and up. These vehicles are slightly heavier than the entry-level vehicles and are often equipped with reverse gear and electric start. They are extremely responsive and performance oriented.
Mountain: Snowmobiles made specifically for mountain riding have high horsepower engines, since horsepower is lost at higher elevations. They are longer and narrower which allows for side hilling in mountainous terrain and riding through heavy powder. The riding characteristics of a mountain model generally lend it to better handling abilities in mountain riding than on trail riding.
After you choose the model that best suits your level of experience and your needs, you need to take care of one more thing: clothes! Your ride will be much more comfortable if you wear snow-friendly clothing like bib pants, jackets, gloves, boots and helmets. You may even want snow goggles to protect your eyes from the sun and wind. The rental company you choose may have gear on-site or they might point you in the right direction as to where you can purchase gear.
Finally, our last words of advice: Driving one is easy, however, it is always recommended that first-time riders attend a safety class before operating a snowmobile. A safe ride is a fun ride!