Thursday, June 26, 2008

Snowbear Trailer Review: Poor Value

Two years ago we bought one of the Snowbear trailers sold at Home Depot. I must say that it's been a rather big disappointment in terms of quality and reliability. On the second or third trip one of the cotter bolts on the weird mounting bar for the rear gate came off and the gate actually popped right off the back.

A few months ago I noticed the lights weren't working properly. Upon opening them up I found that I couldn't even get the bulbs out of the cheap mount. It turns out the contact plate at the back of the bulb is this crappy flexed strip of copper that was no longer holding the bulb contact tight. To top it off the wires connecting to the contact were just fitted in with a pressure contact, no solder, no connecting screw. When the contact plate flexed the wrong way the wires just fall right out. The cheapest most poorly made piece of crap that I've seen in a long time. I've recently replaced both rear lights completely. The existing ones were beyond hope of repair.

Other issues with the trailer: bolts with no lock nuts or washers just falling off, enamel flaking off with rust despite regular spraying with oil for rust proofing. Needless to say, my next trailer will not be a Snowbear.

Oh, did I mention the license plate mount - it didn't last six months.

If you have a Snowbear trailer, check and tighten bolts regularly and check your lights before every trip. Keep some spare bolts with lock nuts around. Put some wire on your license plate so you don't lose it when the plastic mount breaks.

Cheers.

13 comments:

Darrell said...

Well I guess I'm lucky then. I ordered a SnowBear 440 trailer from Canadian Tire in Burlington ON. in late May 2009 and waited 2 weeks for the promissed 1 week delivery before finally returning to the store to find out that model was no longer available. No call or anything from Crap-Tire. My complaint with SnowBear is that, after ordering the trailer that was no longer available, I called SnowBear directly to order an acessory tool box (@ $190 with tax, etc.) for a trailer they no longer sold. They were aware that I was ordering the tool box for a trailer that I wasn't going to get because I told them I'd just ordered the trailer a day or two before and now wanted the box, but they gladly sold it to me anyway.
At this time, it's been 2 months since I returned the tool box (at my expense) and was told today that there is no news re my refund. Bunch of A-Holes if you ask me. I'll never deal with SnowBear again and will tell my story to all who will listen. Be warned.

Darrell said...

Update: Nine weeks and still no refund. Big surprise there eh. I called and was told it was received by SnoeBear but (surprisingly?) lost in the building. We'll have someone look into it. With interest rates so low now a days, it's surprising they'd ruin their rep. just to hold my money for a few weeks.

Darrell said...

Last post. Finally paid back after nine weeks of waiting and several phone calls. Won't deal with them again. End of (my) story.

Anonymous said...

Total garbage! This is why Home Depot dropped Snobear.

These trailers are built with the minimum amount of material possible. First off, there's no clearance between the fender and wheel well. I got a load of dirt and the tire was rubbing on the inside of the fender causing it to smoke. So, I shimmed the leaf springs to give the trailer a little more clearance between the tires and the fenders. When I called Snobear and asked them if there was a recall on the fenders they said we have had no recalls on these trailers. A few years later they fixed the problem by putting more clearance between the tire and fender.

I had the pins that hold the trailer gate on the back slide out causing the tail gate to pop off ON THE HIGHWAY. Thank God no one was injured.

On a hunting trip last fall, 500km north, only to have the nut and bolts that hold the fenders and leaf springs together loosen up. What a disaster that was. I had to stop whn I saw a work truck of some sort and ask to borrow tools.

The tail lights are garbage. As the above poster stated you can't get the bulb out when they blow. I replaced then with LED lighting.

Death trap on wheels! Built like a domestic vehicle! Stay away from Snowbear!

Anonymous said...

Given that Wally World sells these for under $700, I can't quite agree that the trailer is junk but for little additional cost, they could do better. Mine has wood panels on either side that warped during the first rain storm. I see that now, the floors are all steel. I learned the hard way that the tail light bulbs screw out by turning "clockwise" instead of counter clockwise as one would expect - that is not explained in their manual. I agree that the push in connections are a pain. I've had wires fall out at the worst of times. Fortunately the wiring diagram provided in the manual helped me connect them up correctly.

BOUTYM said...

I have a Snow Bear 5x10 landscape type trailer and the other day the left bearing decides to grenade. Snow Bear is giving me the runaround on replacing the damaged parts stating that I didn't repack the wheel bearings per interval in the manual. The manual doesn't state the bearings should be repacked at any interval, but rather just checked and repack if necessary. I'm still fighting them on this bearing thing, but for other things I replaced the junk lighting with sealed LED units and rewired the trailer with additional bonding wires so the lights don't flicker (another problem I had).

I don't believe I'll be buying another Snow Bear anything.

Anonymous said...

People need to understand that you get what you pay for! I bought my trailor over ten years ago. Only have had to replace the lights that I broke backing-up in the woods. I always check the nuts and bolts, and the wheel bearings, and have never had any problems. I suggest that you do this with any trailor. Just like checking your lights before you leave.

Paul H. Breslin said...

Anonymous doesn't say whether his trailer is a Snowbear or not! We'll just have to assume it isn't. :^)

Anonymous said...

Shitbear if you ask me?? Same story here, pins fall out of gate and gets dragged down the road?? Lost hinge pins and they want a King's ransom for new ones plus shipping?? Everthing programmed to systematicaly fail??

Anonymous said...

Do not buy Snow bear products due to very poor quality of products and extremely rude and rip off customer service.I too am a snow bear trailer owner and have had my tail gate pop off and have same problem with the cheep tail lights.

Anonymous said...

I had the same problem. My trailer gate fell off on the roadway. BY the time I had turned around to get the gate, someone had already taken my Gate. If anyone is interested in selling their trailer gate, please contact me at graysteven3@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I've had this trailer for seven years. I've had some of the same problems (lights and rust mainly) but I've never had the gate pop off. In fact if you have the retainer fully secured around the bottom of the post I don't see how it could pop off! We just refurbished ours this weekend and it looks great!

Matt Tritt said...

So lovely to find so many people with similar problems to mine! I've had one side of the tailgate pop off and tweak the pin that remained in it's socket. Had to bang it back into shape with a 10 lb sledge hammer. Now into my third set of tail lights - also had to replace wiring because there are no rubber grommets to protect them from rubbing through the insulation. The tow bar is twisted from god knows what, and the paint is absolute shit. No primer and I'm going to have to sand blast all the panels and repaint. SnowBear refuses to even discuss the situation. Oh yeah, and that crappy plywood!

Caveat emptor!