The barrels are definitely for flotation. Everybody always follows me! I have never had to use them knock on wood. The trailer pulls through the deepest snow almost by hand the skis are wonderful.Damn FPD218.
That's a nice setup, how many gallons of beer will those barrels hold? Seriously, I'm guessing its additional floatation for rotting / weak ice if you drop through. Have you had any problems towing the trailer in deep snow or slush on the ice? I'm just about done fabricating an ice anchor that I can attach my winch to if needed.
I am normally the first one out on the ice and the last one back to shore. There are times I may be 17 to 20 miles offshore on Lake Michigan.For the life of me, I could not figure out what the barrels were for. I get it now that you explained it. Very few people ice fish in my parts. When I was a kid, we just drove the car out on the ice and drank beer. Spin a few dough nuts and go home.
When I installed the barrels I backed it down the boat ramp on a Lake Michigan access point when the water was still in a liquid form and the ATV with the aid of the tires floats upright and the water line is just above the footwells. What the barrels really do is keep the ATV from flipping upside down which is what normally happens because the tires want to float. You just have to have a mindset that if you do break through the ice not to jump off stay on the ATV.Will that keep you bike from going to the bottom?