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    Default What snowmachine would work best for this situation?

    Most of my riding is going to be out in the Deshka and Talkeetna areas going back and forth to cabins. At my age I don't need a race machine, I like slow just fine. I plan on pulling a freight sled at times, I'd also like a machine my wife can ride on the back of comfortably. My concern is that I'm going to get into a machine thats too heavy to get un-stuck.
    I will be buying new.
    Thank you for your advise.

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    I would personally avoid the touring machines and look at the utility models. Touring machines are usually way too heavy and meant for groomed trails only.
    Last year I bought an Expedition sport 600ACE.
    I am very happy with this sled.
    It is a 4 stroke but only 15#'s heavier than the 550 fan 2 stroke version.
    Being the track is an inch wider than standard and It's a long track you shouldn't get stuck often if at all. Track is 16x154.
    I like that it is quiet and no 2 stroke smell or oil to carry.
    I have been getting 18-22mpgs.
    It is very torquey and pulls my ice fishing gear with ease.
    I am sure heavier loads would not bog the machine down at all.
    2 up seating with the back seat being removable should be comfortable enough for your wife.
    A bit priceier at just under $10,000 last year.
    But I am glad I spent the extra $1,500 on the ACE vs the 550 fan.
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    BearCat 570 XT. Comes with a removable two up seat. One of the most comfortable sleds I have ever ridden. The only downside is that they are heavy, as are all other utility sleds. They also make a 15" wide track model. You also have a good dealer in Talkeetna for it.
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    Ski-Doo SWT

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    Love my Tundra.
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    I will second the Bearcat XT. Yes it is big and heavy, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well it does off trail. We buried it while towing a freight sled and all we had to do was disconnect and it walked right out. It's primarily my wife's machine as I have a newer Tundra LT. The Bearcat is wide and stable plus very comfortable riding two up.

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    I would consider the Ski-Doo Tundra extreme ... its a 600 with 156" track with great flotation and plenty of power to run in the powder and its still a work sled that is made to pull a snow sled for fuel, building supplies etc. It is light and nimble ... check it out.

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    I'll go look at the bearcat, sound like thats the machine to get. Thank you all.

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    I second the Tundra. Can't beat Skidoo and Bombardier

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