Rescue Vehicle - Very early it was discovered that the basic "stokes litter" (see orange) fit almost perfectly inside the GameTote frame. All we had to do was make a pair of longer handles and the GameTote was good to go as a search and rescue vehicle. Several agencies and parks have since purchased one, most with both sets of handles so that they could use as a big game retrieval cart and rescue vehicle. Not only is the GameTote far less expensive than a typical S & R device, it is stronger, has greater mobility and a powerful motorcycle brake. The price for the rescue vehicle is $510. With both sets of handles the price is $560.
Height Adapters – Big animals hauled over rough terrain with a cart can understandably be quite a strain on muscles that are not used to such exertion. This is especially true when the cart is not a particularly good fit. The good news is that the GameTote now has 5 height settings: 34 1/2”, 35”, 35 1/2”, 36” and 36 1/2” - that is from the ground to the tops of level handle grips. This should come close in most situations. But should you feel the need to refine this, or adapt for other heights, we also offer height adapters in 3 sizes: 1/2” offset, 1 1/2” offset and 2 1/2” offset. The one shown on the right has a 2 1/2” offset and will place your hands either 2 1/2” above or below the present handle level (assuming that you maintain the same height on the other end). These are inserted into the GameTote handles (up or down) and held with a pin.
When you purchase the height adapters with your complete GameTote the holes will already be drilled for you and the price is $50. When you buy them later you must drill the holes and the price is $30. If it is centered and drilled properly you will be able to place the adapter either up or down. If you don't get this quite right you can re-drill it when reversed so that the pin can still be inserted.
We suggest that you use only one pair of the adapters and that you place them on the front, or end without the brake handles. We do not recommend using them on the back. If you do you must move the brake handle (lever) to the adapter. Otherwise you will not be able to operate the brake without first moving your hand and thereby inviting a serious loss of control, either because of the brakes being applied too late or not at all (should your hand miss the brake handle), or because you lose load balance while you are hanging on with only one hand.
Because we have such a disparity in body shapes, our “fitting” efforts are based, not on your height, but on “palm height”, i.e., the distance from the ground to the palms of your hands when your arms are bent as they will be when handling big animals in rough terrain. We find that a 6' 3” hunter on average has a palm height of about 36 1/4” and a 5' 7” hunter a palm height of about 35 1/4”.
Think of the “cart height” on the one hand and the “gap” that needs to be filled to reach the comfortable height you are looking for. Again, the gap is the distance between cart height as you have assembled the cart and the average “palm heights” of you and your partner. The gap can be either up or down.
With the new ½” differential in cart height settings we will in most cases, except for extremely tall or short hunters, be able to set the height of your GameTote to within 1/4” of the average palm heights for you and your partner. For closing this gap (if you wish to do so) we suggest the 1/2” offset height adapter.
To explain this apparent disparity between a 1/4” gap and a 1/2” offset height adapter we need to clarify the following: The height of the GameTote, as determined by the height adjustment hole used when assembled, is measured in inches to the middle of the cart. This is the same thing as the average height of the tops of the handle grips on both ends of the cart. Let's call it the “cart height”. The offset stated for the height adapters is also stated in inches, but this applies only to one end of the cart. When you use a height adapter to raise the handle at one end of the cart 1/2” while leaving the other end stationary, the average handle height has been raised only 1/4”, or one half of the offset distance. It is also important to understand that the full amount of the handle height increase or decrease does not necessarily remain on the side where the height adapter is installed, but can be distributed between the near and far side of the cart depending simply on the level at which the partners hold the handle grips. This is not to be confused with the mere lifting or pushing down of a handle (without a height adapter) which causes the other end to do the opposite without changing the cart height or average handle height at all.
To close this gap use the appropriate sized height adapter. Remember that the number of the offset on the height adapter you choose should be twice the amount of the gap to be filled, and that these can be used either up or down. To fill other gaps when it may otherwise seem impossible you can also use any of the height adapters in combination with any of the original height settings for the cart. For example: Let's assume that you have a 1/4” gap and you need to go up. For some reason it is not possible or convenient to do this directly by using a 1/2” offset height adapter in the up position. You can accomplish the same thing by lowering the cart height by 1/2” by inserting the axle bolt in the next lower hole, and then using a 1 1/2” offset height adapter in the up position.
When figuring out how best to achieve the most comfortable fit, keep in mind that it is easier to balance the load when you keep it lower. Therefore, when you have a choice always choose the lowest “cart height” you can while still achieving the desired “palm heights” you are after.
Should you have questions about this please feel free to call Dick at 970.498.0578.
Cargo Liner – Several have indicated the need for a GameTote cargo liner for carrying boned or quartered game, hunting camp gear and many other items that would be lost through the cracks without it. The solid liner shown above is made of very strong ballistic nylon, attached to the frame with Velcro, and should fill the bill. Price is $100.
Webbing Liner – A less expensive alternative is the webbing liner shown above. This uses heavy 1 ½ inch and 2 inch polypropolene webbing interwoven between the ribs and handles. These should keep anything bigger than 3 – 4 inches from falling through. First time installation time is estimated at 25 - 30 minutes. A materials list and instructions are included on the assembly page. Materials can be obtained locally.
Cargo Cover – We haven’t been able to come up with anything that would justify a price above that charged for inexpensive tarps at Harbor Freight.
Pulling Harness – We envision a harness both for the man in front and for others who might be assisting with a heavy load. Both have been suggested by owners and could indeed be quite helpful. We’ve looked at everything out there and come up with a couple designs that we think might be superior. But our primary concern is with a person attached to a harness being pulled down a hill or over a cliff. We haven’t been able to devise a reliable escape mechanism and because of the danger (and potential liability) involved must decline involvement.