I finally ordered my first new snowmobile/snowbike trailer today. Back in 2004, my we would use my buddies new SnoPro clamshell, then for the last few years he stayed in the sport, we were able to leave our sleds at a buddies camp so there was just about no need for me to trailer anywhere. I did have my 1994 galvanized Yacht Club trailer that I had put some money into this past fall to make it worthy for a few more seasons, new marine plywood deck, new galvanized tires and wheels.
In just the past two weeks, between the snow sludge that froze on the trailer wires and pulled them down and messed up the connections, me forgetting the pin the deck-thankfully it was empty, and bending the channel a little, and the ice covering the entire deck from being so cold for so long, frozen/iced straps, dirty cover, dirty bike-all the usual issues with an open trailer that are not new,
The biggest thing has been with my new snowbike. With no studs, a 2.5" paddle and only one ski in the front with 2 carbides and 2 skags, and no reverse, it has been a challenge at times getting it on and off the trailer.
I considered an open V-nose trailer that I could drive off the front with built in snowshield/ramps but realized I'd still have an open trailer.
I considered all the hybrids as they go from just under $4,000-5,000 and while they look good, I realized that the drive on-drive off was/is going to be worth the money in the long run and make things as easy as it can get for the snowbike and the snowmobile(s).
I just have to now wait until 02/22/2018 or just before that date for my new trailer to be built. I'm excited.