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Old 10-15-2010, 12:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Interstate Snowsport trailers - are they OK?

I'm shopping for my first snowmobile trailer and I'm looking at an Interstate Snowsport. I searched the forums but didn't find any threads about this trailer. Does anybody have any experience with it? Quality seems good but I've only seen one other brand in my area to compare it to.

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Old 10-15-2010, 09:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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From what I have seen, Interstate snowmobile trailers seem to hold up pretty well. I see a lot of the bigger 4-place ones around here, nobody seems to have issues, and you seldom see them for sale used. That's always a good indication!
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Old 10-15-2010, 09:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks! Are there any other brands that are sold in Oregon that you would recommend? I'm looking for a high quality enclosed trailer with front and rear ramps.
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Old 10-15-2010, 10:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I had a Haulmark (well, still have it, but it needs a bit of work) and it did very well. Mirage is less quality. Charmac makes a nice trailer, as does Triton. Both the last are kind of spendy, but are aluminum so they tow easier. I see a lot of Haulmark and Interstate trailers in the parking lots when we go. It could be because that's what is available, but they seem to hold up fine.
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CargoMate Option

I just spent 2 months reviewing and pondering enclosed trailers. I finally (and only recently) went with CargoMate (factory in ?Salem, dealer in Olympia) for price and budget. It's not a high end by any means, but it did compare on the key fundamentals. 3/4" floor, 3/8" walls, dexter axles, etc. The undercoating is a thick rubber and is impressive. (minus the touch up spots they missed, but I signed up for steel and I now have a can of rustoleum and undercoating as general maintenance.) They really skimped on the finishing work (which was ok with me), like the moulding and the roof vent is just flat cheap.

What finally sold me was seeing ones around that are older and still holding up. I spent more time stopping and inspecting other peoples trailers than listening to the sales people. Charmac is supposed to be quality, but on one dealer lot a new one had a roof leak and a 1 year used one had surface rust on the steel frame and they were $2,500 more.

My storage lot has a CargoMate and Interstate in the mid 2000 years. They seem to only have minor rust in typical wear spots and more importantly, not underneath.
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Old 11-19-2010, 01:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I ended up ordering an Interstate. They seem to be pretty good quality (better than several other brands sold in my area) and had several nice features that were standard. I added a propane heater as an option. It's supposed to be delivered in a week or so.

I wanted to look at a new Wells Cargo but there were no dealers near me that had any in stock. Very strange. They have a great web site though. The Interstate web site is terrible. It was very difficult for me to spec the new trailer and figure out what options were available and how much those options cost. I ended up having to send dozens of emails back and forth to get basic information that should have been available on their web site.

To Interstate management:
Update your web site! Make it easy for potential customers to option and price your products! Sheesh....
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Old 11-19-2010, 02:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Now just sit back and wait for that snow to start piling up! Paulina has to be calling your name....
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Old 11-19-2010, 02:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It is calling my name! My wife and I drove up to the Ten Mile snopark two weeks ago just to get one last look at it this year with no snow. The warming "hut" there is really nice.
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