jhwentworth

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    Loudon, NH

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    Central NH
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    NH Sno-Shakers, Fort Mountain Trailwinders, Town Line Trail Dusters, Baker River Valley SC, Gilmanton Snowmobile Association, Bee Hole Beavers SC

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  1. Some Maine Clubs Giving Up

    If your club has no problem bringing in and retaining members, you're right. If you have flat or declining membership then there is no better use for your $$ than communication with your current and former members. It doesn't take a lot of technical skills to create a mailing list, and that's all you really need. Will it be perfect? Probably not, but if it hits half your members that's better than ignoring them. I belong to 5 clubs, but only two of them have a regular email newsletter and 1 has meeting announcements. An email list is easy, creating regular content is hard.
  2. Ski-Cab

    Interesting concept, but not original.
  3. Trailer lights driving me crazy

    A simple burned out single filament bulb shouldn't bother other circuits. In two filament bulbs, if the ground connection is lost between the metal bulb case and the external ground circuit, electric current can flow between the brake/directional circuit and the taillight/running light circuit. (the brake and tailight filaments share a common ground point inside the bulb.) That can't happen in a single filament bulb. Typical electrical resistance readings (ohms) for a snowmobile trailer should be about 2 ohms between the ground wire (white) and the brown, yellow, and green wires. With the bulbs installed you'll see about 2 ohms between the brown, yellow, and green wires. As the running lights are (usually) single filament bulbs, if the two rear brake light/tail light bulbs are removed the chances of this electrical backfeeding should be remote. You can remove these two bulbs one-at-a -time to troubleshoot grounding problems. If you get deep into a grounding problem remember that there are three sources for a trailer ground: The white wire in the trailer connector, the trailer ball, and the safety chains. The last two are not reliable ground connections.
  4. Trailer lights driving me crazy

    Are the tail lights working. If yes, you have a proper ground to the trailer.
  5. Trailer lights driving me crazy

    You can buy a digital multimeter for $10-$15 (Walmart) that will get the job done. Without a meter you're just guessing. We used to call that troubleshooting style "shotgunning" or "swap 'til you drop." It can get expensive doing it that way if you don't get lucky. Get a meter and we can probably walk you through it.
  6. Trailer lights driving me crazy

    I'm with Yamiblue. First thing is "do you have a multimeter?", and, if so, have you checked the voltages at the truck's connector? (They sell an LED gadget that plugs into the truck connector to test this but you don't need that) Read the voltages between the ground pin and the three pins used for left & right directional/brake lights and the pin for tail/marker lights. What type of connector do you have on your truck? is it a 4-wire connector or do you go through a converter to create a 4-wire connection? I've had the converter go bad. Where you're having additional lights come on when the left directional is on says there's a connection between wires somewhere. Of course, a quick test for the truck is to hook another trailer up to it. Your trailer wiring (4-wire)should be Brown-tail/marker Green- right turn/brake Yellow- left turn/brake White-ground. Verify that you have 12VDC at the proper pins at the truck connector. Now, with the trailer wiring disconnected from the truck, take your multimeter and check for the connection between the trailer's wires. With the setting on the meter set to Ohms look for a low reading between the White (ground) wire and the other 3 wires. Remember that you're reading through the wires and the light bulbs. If the yellow, green, or brown wires show a direct short to the white wire (zero ohms) that wire is touching the trailer frame or the white (ground) wire. If any of the yellow, green, or brown wires show an open with the white wire you have a bad connection, broken wire, or a defective bulb. Measure resistance between yellow brown and green wires, there should be an open, no connection, between the wires.
  7. NHPR story on OHRV's

    NHPR's The Exchange show ran a story this week on OHRVs, with the title "Off-Road: The Growth Of ATVs, Snowmobiles In New Hampshire." In the 1 hour story about 5 minutes, starting at about minute 49, was spent on snowmobiles, and most of that 5 minutes was concerned with access to the Weirs bridge in Laconia. The bulk of the time was spent on Coos county and ATV's, and the money being brought to Coos county by those ATV's. F&G Captain Walsh reported that ATV registrations were increasing. The number of snowmobile registrations wasn't discussed. The term "ATV economy" was used several times to describe the economic impact in the north country. I guess the sledding crowd survives on MRE's and sleeps in the woods while visiting Coos county.
  8. Official SledNH weather thread

    November 13, and the ground in Loudon is white. Probably not for long, but for right now.
  9. Snow?

    Yeah, but in today's forecast they took a backstep by raising the night temperature by 4° which yielded showers instead of snow showers.
  10. Snow?

    Okay, first time snow is mentioned in the Concord NWS forecast. This would be for November 4'th. Saturday Night A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
  11. The SnowDog

    These "tracksleds" are used to groom single-track (< 2') cross-country ski and fat bike trails. Here's a review of another brand of tracksled, the "Best Tracksled." The Best Tracksled is made in Minnesota, and looks like a low-volume product from a start-up company. For top-of-the-line with Honda engine and electric start it runs $3500-$4000. It appears that there are many manufacturers in Russia. From their Facebook page: About Custom hand built in Minnesota. Introducing Best Tracksled! Lightweight motorized people and gear hauler and trail grooming vehicle. Products We offer custom Tracksled from 6.5hp to 13hp. Basic is manual start, tethered kill switch with aluminum deck and no side panels. 6.5hp is 1900$ 9hp 2100$ 13hp 2300$. Premium model comes with electric start tethered kill switch and lights, battery, aluminum panels. Only available with 9hp and 13hp. 9hp 2700$ 13hp 2900$. Trail model has all options of premium model with the addition of brakes for hill descent and comes with 7hp Robin Subaru. Shorter, lighter, more compact for better maneuverability. Comes standard with a 20" drag groomer. 4600$ All tracks are used track in good usable condition unless buyer agrees to pay for new track at a higher cost. Track might be modified to save weight and for bogie alignment. Honda engine option basic model add 300$ 6.5 hp. 400$ for 9hp. 500$ for 13hp. Honda electric start add 150$. Other options seat on sled add 150$ All models come with a sled to stand on with tow bar. Front engine model add 250$ Manufacturer warranty on motor. Honda 3 yrs and basic engine 1 yr. One year warranty on parts, not labor. Prices do not include tax and 50% deposit required on purchase and remainder due at delivery.
  12. random photo thread

    Photo taken March 23. 2015 from Baker River Valley trail. Plenty of snow, trails in good shape, beautiful day. It doesn't get much better than that. Hoping for a few days like this in the upcoming season. The groomer operator was taking his lunch break. Is that Mount Mansfield in the second picture?
  13. The SnowDog

    There's a new variation on an old product available for winter sports. Remember the Bolens Diablo Rouge? A Russian company named Baltmotors is making the SnowDog, which is based on that Bolens concept of a powered tracked platform pulling a sled. Baltmotors says that "The general idea of our inspiration came from Hus Ski and Bolens vehicles, mass produced in Canada in 1970`s. " The power source for the SnowDog comes from Briggs & Stratton, with power ratings from 7-13.5hp, and the transmission is CVT. They claim the biggest SnowDog can pull up to 660 pounds through up to 20" of snow with its 20" wide track. List price for that biggest model is $3500. The options list can drive that price north pretty quick. YouTube video From the company's description of the SnowDog I'd guess that NH would classify it as a snowmobile. Right now, there are no NH dealers.
  14. Winter is just around the conner?

    When October comes to New Hampshire, discussions on the winter forecasts from the Old farmer's Almanac are sure to follow. Then comes the AccuWeather winter forecast and more discussions and hopes. Then comes Lucy bringing the hard, cold, fact.
  15. Hardly a color explosion. This foliage season, while being predicted as huge, might be limited in many areas. I know a lot of maple trees in southern/central NH are under assault by insects, and the leaves turn brown on the tree with zero foliage display. In years past, full foliage color in Errol was the last week of September, with full color in Concord about October 1o-15. Right now in south/Central NH it's very limited colors and a lot of dead leaves on the trees.