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    I have always registered my sleds early. Never again, if ever in the State of New Hampshire. People are focusing only on the cost of the Registration, not the over all impact of the increase. 1 - The revenue from the increase will either be a little higher or the same no great increase. 2 - The effects on the economy. There will be fewer sleds registered in NH, which means less people. Less people, means less money spent thru the local economies, which will have an adverse effect. 3 - it is what I call "The Harley Davidson Effect" More cost to service fewer people. Sleds are expensive, gear is expensive, Registrations are expensive, lets go elsewhere. 4 - I live in the Southern part of the state, where clubs are struggling. I can travel to the White Mountains, 2.5 hours, and pay $125 to register my sled. or,go to Maine, better and more trails for $100, same travel time. Which would you do? And dont forget,the same goes for MA people Also.
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  6. I have a brand new tunnel update kit which includes a new rear section of a F-800 tunnel, new rear bumper and brand new rear snow flap. Also have a like new seat, I believe is also for a F-800. Have no use for them, and know that someone out there may have some interest in them. Asking $375 for the kit and the seat. Thanks for looking!
  7. I heard info that Town & Country of East Conway is closing it’s doors. I hope it is not true. They have always been great for deals on snowmobile hard to find clothes and accessories. As anyone heard anything.
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    Slow and steady...waiting for parts...
  9. New Random photo thread...post them if you got them!

    That is a very cool looking sled. Style ahead of its time for sure. Looks brand new. Its nice that someone had the presence of mind to keep it covered up in a safe place. So many of these things wind up covered in grime and mouse droppings.
  10. Addiction can be problem. Probably too late for counseling, right? Maybe an intervention? Maybe just enjoy the addiction?
  11. Stimulated the economy today by paying a light ransom to bring a new baby home. This is a 1976 Rupp Nitro 440 Xenouah liquid that in it's hey day was pretty neat, . This sled was resting in Farmington, apparently waiting for me to find it at a weak moment. Note the 617 miles on the speedo! Thiis series liquid was famous for having a traditional radiator and also circulated the coolant through the aluminum front bumper. Worked very well, sled was fast and wide, but if you got it stuck in the deep stuff your hands would fry trying to pull on it. I can quit at any time... pathfinder
  12. Supposed to be a cold weekend coming up. Looks like a traditional Fall is happening. This is from 2017
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  14. Class 6 roads

    It is big new locally, but not the main issue to be dealt with. Trails are expensive. Money to fund them is limited. If a municipality is not willing to support access, it just allows the limited funding to flow toward municipalities that do support access. I remember sitting in a meeting on SB5, as the State of NH was seeking input from the various recreational groups on how to fund the park system. The Chief announced that only one group had excess funding. Everyone was looking around to guess who that was... I wasn't... I knew that it was OHRV. After the Chief told everyone, they all seemed stunned. We went on to address how to manage areas to meet the funding need... but many groups were less focused on funding, and more focused on improving their access. After the representatives of the NH Horse Council placed out that they wanted better parking at certain locations, the Chief explained that no money existed for that... that we were there to look for financing, not ways to spend what we didn't have. The President of the NH Mushers in an attempt to calm the situation suggested that the NHHC do what they did to improve a parking lot at a previous location. He didn't realize that what they had done is let the OHRVs pay for and make the improvements, then petition for their removal of access. One of the representatives looked at me, and then left the room crying. I hadn't made any unusual gestures, she just realized that I am not someone to forgive and forget. When asked about it, I explained that access was something we could afford to lose... money was not. The funding for that parking lot improvement was a costly enterprise. We had others like it. And I took the position that expenditures should occur where a municipality has shown its longstanding support. Trying to support a trail system that is too large and has to be battled for everyday is much too costly. I always felt it was more beneficial to the OHRV community to keep the cost of registration and management down.
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    Selectman need to get some assertion! Town Property / Town Road . . neighbors actions are a hostile land use violation taking town rights. . 1st hand seen a town send in road crew and equipment and move obstructions
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    Over the years there's been no lack of disputes over NH Class 6 roads,. Many times the dispute is triggered by a landowner who wants to build a house that abuts the road and wants to limit public access by motorized OHRV/sleds. Sleds and OHRVs need town permission to use a Class 6 road as a trail, so that opens up a political side. Today the Union Leader carried a story (front page!) about a pending trial of a lawsuit filed by the town of Lemster, NH against a landowner who owns 100 acres of land that is split by a Class 6 road. He wants to build a house but doesn't want the OHRV traffic, but the Town granted permission for an OHRV trail. There was an agreement between the town and landowner, but they now differ on what the agreement means and the landowner gated both ends of the road, then the town sued him to get the gates removed. This summer the OHRV club came back to get permission for some other Class 6 roads so the selectboard had a public meeting to get town opinion..The public advisory vote was 50-24 against allowing OHRV access to the new Class 6 roads. The selectboard declined to speak about the dispute because in was in litigation, and that they would announce their decision on OHRV access on the new requests at a later date. During the meeting the landowner who is being sued by the town said that if he has to pay to stop the ATV club using Bean Mountain Road he will refuse letting the snowmobile club use his property.The snowmobile club involved here is Hidden Valley Snowmobile Club. Here are the minutes of that selectboard public meeting in Lemster. Sure sounds like a real mess. https://lempsternh.org/BoxoMinAgen/BOS.07-28-2020.PH.minutes.pdf
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    For me to get this guy ready for winter, a long list, but nothing to bad...
  19. What do you think?

    Nothing. The OHRV opened and operated during the worst of the COVID. Governor Sununu has opened most commercial operations since then, and unless we see a huge surge in cases, I don't think he would reclose after the election... not even a chance that a Democrat Governor would do so without a surge. Biggest issue will be filling the budget gap and writing the budget for the next two years. The budget gap at the State level will be over $500 million for this budget, and if a winter surge in cases happened, an ongoing shortage of revenue in the next budget. I doubt Governor Sununu will lose, and I fully believe that he is preparing for a surge during the winter, as all of the ski resorts are working operational plans for such a contingency. The worst part about it is the first $500 million must be in place before June of next year... and it isn't structural... it is directly fiscal. I would be surprised if either party were willing to make the kind of direct cuts needed to cover that cost.
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    Unfortunately, I sadly have to agree with Steve . . . It's been a bad year for all to many businesses and activities . . Event closures, mandatory self quarantine, border closures, business down turns etc.. . None of it is a positive indicator for the clubs and business associated with snowmobiling. And that's optimistic . . . What will a democratic administration do to further upset the balance . . . .
  21. Old days

    In those days, there were no ''trails''. Prior to changes around 2003, you could ride anywhere that was not signed against trespass. The change to positive signing for motorized access isn't even two decades old. In the early days, everyone had to trail blaze, and to keep navigation many times we would just place reflective markers on the trees at the end of a field to locate the connection. It wasn't until the late 70s, with the Bureau of OHRV that the modern trail system with state corridors and more consistent signage began to develop. At that time, with NH's less developed road/highway system, the groups consider snowmobiles a means of transportation - less a recreation and today's ''sport'' - and really sought to develop the trail system as a compliment to the road/highway system.
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    Ah yes, golden memories of almost getting your head ripped off. The sort of thing that either builds character or kills you. Glad it worked out for you. There's a lot of controversy over off-trail riding now, but it's nothing new. Back in the day, many times you got the thrills of off-trail while riding on-trail.. Reading the part of the story about them getting stuck on a hilly trail sure brought back memories, as it was a fairly common thing. Plus, they were riding Ski-Daddler sleds, and if they were like the Ski-Daddler I've ridden it was a challenge. Those sleds were hard to get stuck with a wide track, but once they were stuck it was no fun. SnowOct.PDF
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    Yup, you can get badly hurt or worse at 20 MPH, don't need to go 100.
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    As someone who bought his first new sled in '72 and had been riding since '64, this article is very refreshing. Things really have transitioned in the last 50 years or so. I remember in 64 riding a 64 tin cab Doo, massive ten horse, and being amazed at being able to pass over snow at the blinding speed of 35 mph. Sounds crude but at 15 years old it felt like a new Corvette, and as tame as it was by todays standards almost killed me once or twice. Most notable was an adventure with two friends from school joining me one afternoon, riding triple on the lake in front of my house which had a new 6 inches of fluff, and we covered that lake many times, hootin' and hollerin' all the way. Got bored, went around a camp and out the driveway heading for a dirt road and came out the long driveway full speed, and suddenly noticed to stone columns at the end of the driveway with a tiny bit of chain emerging from the snow on both sides. Well it's safe to say the a a 64 Doo didn't have much for brakes, but I locked them up just as we were about to go through. All hell broke loose as the chain came up over the skis, cleaned out the lovely chrome headlight, obliterated the windshield and caught me right in the chest with the weight of my two buddies adding to the mix. Finally stopped with the chain trying to remove my head, with bad "rasberries" all the way up my chest. I think of this episode every time I see people putting their six year olds on a six hundred or worse.... Those were the days! pathfinder
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    Here's part 2. SnowSep.PDF
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    Nice. I think these stories are really interesting. There are people out there who will do nearly that many miles in one day now, it's amazing how far we have come with the ability to travel long distances.
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    I think I may have posted this story a long time ago. It's about a crew that traveled on sleds from Vermont to Maine and back, fifty years ago. The sledding conditions, and the sleds, were very different then. This is the first part of three. SnowAug.PDF
  28. What do you think?

    They aren't concerned with the registration monies that make up next year's GIA. He is speaking about the concern for the 30 percent match of funds. The GIA granted this last June for this season is already banked, but the match is dependent on the various clubs. A lack of registrations this year creates a deficit of GIA for granting next year in March, but a lack of club funds is mixture of memberships and fundraising. They are focusing on the fundraising of the clubs being curtailed... but that isn't just a situation inherent to snowmobile clubs, nor is it something that is equal among the clubs. See where Dan estimates that fundraising is $220,000 short... and sought $105,000 for the NHSA... but then asks for $574,622. That isn't money to the GIA to make up for registration losses, because we don't even have a sense what this season's registration numbers are yet.
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