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Old 02-21-2018, 08:07 AM
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I am thinking about switching from a trailer to a sled deck and I would like some honest opinions from people that have them. Both good and bad. I am on the fence if I should get one or not. Thanks for the input.
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Old 02-21-2018, 08:53 AM
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We decided to give it a try this year and will be selling the deck shortly.

We are in MN and planned to use the deck on our trips out west to save time and get a bit better MPG's on those 2,000+ mile trips. While the deck let us run a bit quicker on the interstate (5mph) the sled catching the wind actually resulted in similar MPG's. We got back a couple weeks ago from a 3,600 mile round trip to Grizzly lodge in BC. Made the exact same trip last year pulling a 7x25 enclosed all aluminum inline. Running the deck this year we averaged .8 mpg better for the entire trip then last year pulling the trailer. But what we really noticed is how much slower the deck is to use when loading an unloading. By the time you load the sleds and the bed of the truck, put the covers on the sleds and leave vs just hooking onto the trailer and leaving since everything is already loaded and ready to go in the trailer.

If I lived closer to the mtns and didn't have to mess with the covers or all the other tools and such we bring on long trips I would love having the deck set-up. But for me personally the deck is not worth the extra hassle vs the smaller enclosed trailer.
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If I lived closer to the mtns and didn't have to mess with the covers or all the other tools and such we bring on long trips I would love having the deck set-up. But for me personally the deck is not worth the extra hassle vs the smaller enclosed trailer.

This about sums it up....I live out west and choose to go with a deck, main reason being that any time they put up chain controls on the passes they require you to chain up your truck AND trailer. Not playing that game. With that being said, I've seen the roads in Wisconsin during the winter and there is NO WAY I'd run a deck out there.
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Ive had both. The deck is GREAT for local riding and short day trips. The trailer is better for trips.

Its nice to be able to haul 2 sleds and not pull a trailer to the trail head. Plus as mentioned the chain law on mountain passes, AND some passes (Teton) dont allow trailer traffic at all in the winter.

Making a multi-day trip... the trailer is still better to store gear, work on sleds, dry stuff out (if you have heat).

Depending on your truck/trailer set-up you could see no mileage gain, or as much as 4-5mpg. When I pull my 24ftx8.5 enclosed I get 9 mpg, with my deck I could get 14 mpg.
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Very interesting and thanks for the write up. Must admit that I've been jealous of the sled deck owners as I've always had the idea that you could really just haul the mail with those. Now maybe that wasn't the correct thinking!
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Very interesting and thanks for the write up. Must admit that I've been jealous of the sled deck owners as I've always had the idea that you could really just haul the mail with those. Now maybe that wasn't the correct thinking!
This was my same exact thinking 1 year ago.......
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I love my deck but than again its a truckboss. put 2 36" summits up on top and push the sides in tight and its hardly wider than the truck. I drive 85 in nd and 90 in montana. but don't buy one to save on fuel unless you keep the speed down
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Ive had both. The deck is GREAT for local riding and short day trips. The trailer is better for trips.

Its nice to be able to haul 2 sleds and not pull a trailer to the trail head. Plus as mentioned the chain law on mountain passes, AND some passes (Teton) dont allow trailer traffic at all in the winter.

Making a multi-day trip... the trailer is still better to store gear, work on sleds, dry stuff out (if you have heat).

Depending on your truck/trailer set-up you could see no mileage gain, or as much as 4-5mpg. When I pull my 24ftx8.5 enclosed I get 9 mpg, with my deck I could get 14 mpg.
Totally agree. I have not owned a deck but I have several buddies with them. I'm not really a fan myself. Its a pain in the butt to load up and throw covers on.

I like an enclosed trailer and little propane heater a lot better myself.
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I have a flatbed for hauling sleds, keeps them lower for less drag and lower center of gravity. My truck takes a fuel economy hit with two sleds but it is no where near the hit for towing. This is with a half ton gasser. I don't think I'll ever have a standard box pickup again.
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