One of the best ways to care for your snowmobile and keep it newer for longer is to protect it with a snowmobile cover. Prolonged exposure to sun, wind, rain, and other elements can wear down the paint and finish, cause moisture damage, and leave your snowmobile covered with dust and dirt. With the protection of a snowmobile cover, you’ll cut down on maintenance and keep your sled looking and running newer. Here are a few tips on how to choose a snowmobile cover.
Finding the right snowmobile cover is about more than just looking for the cheapest price. Covers vary in their thickness, availability of features, and secure fit.
The cover material should be thick enough to hold up under outdoor exposure. Thick material reduces the risk of tearing the cover on sharp objects or stress points. A high quality snowmobile cover will include reinforcement for stress points to prevent premature wear.
In order to prevent moisture damage, the cover should include a venting system to allow moisture to evaporate. With changes in temperature and humidity, condensation can form underneath the cover. If this moisture has no way to escape, it can damage your snowmobile. A good venting system keeps rain from seeping under the cover and allows condensation buildup to evaporate before it can cause damage.
Although it’s not necessary to purchase a custom cover in order to get a secure fit, the snowmobile cover you buy should fit snugly around the body of your sled. If the cover is too short, it won’t provide full protection. If the cover is too tight, it will create stress points that can tear the cover material. If the cover is too large, it can whip around in the wind. The security of the cover also depends on the strap system, including the number of straps and their placement.
If you want to use the snowmobile cover for trailering, make sure the cover is trailerable. It should be able to hold up under high winds and should include enough straps to secure the cover tightly to the sled.