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I have two 3ups, one hasnt used any oil and the other was down almost a quart. Both have about 3 hours on them. Is this normal?
 

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Could be some kind of leak or defect, or it could be a difference in the manner in which you have been riding even if you have been riding them for around the same amount of time.
 

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I have two 3ups, one hasnt used any oil and the other was down almost a quart. Both have about 3 hours on them. Is this normal?
...4 strokes "using" oil is never normal (unless there is a problem), down a quart is 1/2 the sump! (Yikes!! ), and in 3 hours, thats just wrong!...first be sure you are checking it correctly, do it several times, if so, find a leak or diagnose an engine problem....I'd try to never let it go more than a pint (1/2 pint if possible) low since it holds only 2 quarts.

I'd get it to the dealer for inspectiona and documentation.

Mine has over 10 hours and hasn't used a drop of oil which would be normal...
 

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I have two 3ups, one hasnt used any oil and the other was down almost a quart. Both have about 3 hours on them. Is this normal?
Daddy Sniper I would bring it back to the dealer and have them check it out. a quart is a significant amount lost. Keep us posted.
 

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I havent been back to the dealership yet. I took it out to lake Martin this weekend and put another 5 hours on it. Didnt use a drop of oil.
 

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How are you checking the oil? You must run the ski for 10sec, turn off and then check. If you check cold you will alway's read low.
 

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Could you have Not checked it when you got it and then noticed after you rode it that it was down? This would mean it came 1 quart down and everything should now be fine?


Official way of checking oil is for the engine to be warm (Several minutes on the water) then idle 30 seconds to shore- shut off and check as soon as you can get the stick out.
 

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I went to the dealer Sarge and they explained it to me,you don't have to drive all the way to the dock, unload your ski, ride your ski and then bring it in to find out you have been riding for several minutes with no oil.
Just run it on the trailer and then check. Takes less than a minute.
 

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My skis are not level on the trailer. How do you level them?
If you are towing properly your skis should be level or just slightly (about an inch) higher at the front of trailer than the rear, are you using the correct lift/drop receiver for your hitch ball??

Other option is to start the units at the dock when you launch, run em to the "end or other side", shut down and check the oil after a few secs of waiting for oil rundown. That shoudldgive you a good reading, I know when cold ,mine reads about a pint "low" but checked level after running hot and checked again it's dead on "full"...

The sump is only about 2 quarts, running a quart low is way to low! keep it at/near full!
 

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I have a triton elite trailer, and with the tinge jack fully extended, it is still a little nose down.
 

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I have a triton elite trailer, and with the tinge jack fully extended, it is still a little nose down.
that's a dangerous tow, ...you need to measure the bottom of the ball receiver on the trailer height (example 20") and the top of the receiver box on your hitch (example 22") , the difference is the amount of "lift or drop" you need on your ball sleeve. (example you need a 2" lift). Error on the side of being up to an inch "high" at the trailer tongue, but not down or lower than the trailer rear. A dollar store level will tell you all...

GEt teh right lift or drop sleeve and you'll notice an improvement, also be sure your tow vehicles tire pressures are at the "full load" for the VEHICLE (not the tire) and the trailer tires are inflated to their pressure on the TIRE. Both at "cold" of course. Both make a world of difference..and, change the vehicle differential grease per severe service as even a small trailer load does increase the heat/wear on the ring/pinion...
 

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that's a dangerous tow, ...you need to measure the bottom of the ball receiver on the trailer height (example 20") and the top of the receiver box on your hitch (example 22") , the difference is the amount of "lift or drop" you need on your ball sleeve. (example you need a 2" lift). Error on the side of being up to an inch "high" at the trailer tongue, but not down or lower than the trailer rear. A dollar store level will tell you all...

GEt teh right lift or drop sleeve and you'll notice an improvement, also be sure your tow vehicles tire pressures are at the "full load" for the VEHICLE (not the tire) and the trailer tires are inflated to their pressure on the TIRE. Both at "cold" of course. Both make a world of difference..and, change the vehicle differential grease per severe service as even a small trailer load does increase the heat/wear on the ring/pinion...

Well, for all the danger you claim, it tows quite comfortably behind my corolla. Almost feels like it isn't there except when breaking down hills at highway speeds (obv.).

Not sure what is up with the trailer design then. With the tongue jack fully extended, it is still lower in the nose than the tail. I was under the impression that triton was a premium trailer solution.
I don't want to have to lift this on the ball every time I tow, that is why there is a tongue jack to begin with.
 

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Well, for all the danger you claim, it tows quite comfortably behind my corolla. Almost feels like it isn't there except when breaking down hills at highway speeds (obv.).

Not sure what is up with the trailer design then. With the tongue jack fully extended, it is still lower in the nose than the tail. I was under the impression that triton was a premium trailer solution.
I don't want to have to lift this on the ball every time I tow, that is why there is a tongue jack to begin with.
Take it from a former driver with a CDL, you don't want the tongue lower than the rear, that's safety...level to +1" is ideal, stop by a trailer store or even wal mart and check out the hitch receiver sleeves w/ various rise/drops, get the right one. The trailer is fine, it's the hitch height matching up with the ball socket on the trailer and getting THAT within spec of level to +1"..

A dollar store level and easuring tape will tell you "how much"..after that, just get teh proper sleeve for your hitch and exchange the ball ..that's it!;)
 
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